In order to treat missing or badly damaged teeth, Dr. Julie Liberman coordinates with local surgeons for the placement and restoration of dental implants. Placed directly into the jawbone, these titanium posts are designed to support artificial teeth that look as natural as they feel. Unlike other restorative options, implants can also preserve a strong, healthy jaw to reinvigorate your oral and overall health. Patients can combine the power of implants with a wide range of dental services at our Great Neck, NY, practice for even more comprehensive results.
Dental implants are considered the most reliable option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike traditional dental bridges, which are secured by neighboring teeth, or dentures, which simply rest on top of the gums, implant-supported restorations are anchored directly in the jaw. These posts both act as artificial dental roots and stabilize your restoration, or visible portion of the artificial tooth or teeth. Depending on how many teeth need to be replaced, Dr. Liberman may recommend a single crown, bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
Implants are embedded directly in the jaw, which creates an incredibly stable foundation.
Implants offer a number of notable advantages over traditional restorations, particularly in terms of stabilization and durability.
Because implants actually fuse with the jaw, patients do not have to worry about their restorations slipping while they eat or speak. This also prevents implant-supported dentures from wearing down the gums over time, which can lead to other health problems.
In order to attach a traditional bridge, Dr. Liberman will need to remove small amounts of enamel from the adjacent teeth. By avoiding this step of the process, implants can keep neighboring teeth strong and healthy.
One of the most important benefits of dental implants is their ability to reverse jawbone deterioration. Nutrients are often redirected away from the jaw after we lose teeth. Consequently, missing teeth can severely weaken the jawbone, as well as leave it more vulnerable to other oral health problems. By essentially acting as a tooth root, an implant can stimulate the surrounding tissue and the jawbone can begin to rebuild itself.
Dental implants not only replace broken or missing teeth, but help to lay the foundation for a stronger jawbone.
Lastly, with proper care, implants can last for decades. Despite these benefits, implant-supported restorations are not ideal for every patient. Because they require surgery to place, implants are generally more expensive than other restorative options and involve a much lengthier treatment timeline.
In order to qualify for treatment, patients need a sufficient amount of bone tissue to support the implants. Unfortunately, because missing teeth often lead to weaker jawbones, many people who would otherwise benefit from implants lack the necessary tissue. To address this problem, Dr. Liberman can perform a bone graft. This minor surgical procedure can stimulate new bone growth and potentially improve a patient’s candidacy.
Patients who are interested in implants must also be in generally good health. Smoking or systemic conditions such as diabetes can undermine your ability to heal after surgery and can potentially complicate your results.
While the exact timeline can vary significantly from patient to patient, placing and restoring dental implants may take anywhere from four months to a full year or more. The process is usually broken down into several stages:
Patients must first meet with Dr. Liberman to evaluate their candidacy for implants and ensure they fully understand the requirements for treatment. She will review your dental history, ask about your treatment goals, and conduct a thorough examination of your smile. If implants seem like an appropriate solution, she will take x-rays and gather measurements in order to help formulate a precise surgical guide. If you are considering multiple implants, she may also provide a diagnostic wax-up to refine your treatment plan.
Patients often require one of two preparatory treatments: extractions to remove badly damaged teeth and bone grafting to strengthen the jaw. While she may refer patients out to oral surgeons for more complicated cases, Dr. Liberman can typically perform these procedures at her office. In some cases, Dr. Liberman may coordinate care so that the implants are placed immediately after an extraction or graft. Otherwise, healing may take up to several months before treatment can proceed.
The remainder of treatment is broken up into two main portions: implant placement and implant restoration. Dr. Liberman coordinates with a local oral surgeon and can provide a referral for your implant placement.
During your appointment, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area and in some cases, sedation, to ensure that you remain comfortable. Based on the measurements from Dr. Liberman, the surgeon will then make an incision in the gums and create a hole in the jawbone in which to place the implant. Once the implant is secured within the bone, the surgeon will suture the incision closed.
While Dr. Liberman may provide a temporary restoration, she will often wait at least several months before attaching permanent restorations. This helps ensure that the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone, providing as stable a base as possible for your artificial tooth.
Dental implants not only replace broken or missing teeth, but help to lay the foundation for optimal oral health for years to come. Contact us online or at (516) 482-9140 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Liberman and learn whether implants are right for you.
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