Watch how dental implants are placed...
Because of their benefits, dental implants have become very popular...
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.
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.
Dental implants not only replace broken or missing teeth, but help to lay the foundation for a stronger jawbone.
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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