April 20, 2019
Dental implants in Flushing allow you to enjoy a treatment that has the potential to last for several decades. With over a 95% success rate, you can invest in a solution that closely mimics your natural teeth. Unlike traditional tooth replacement options, getting dental implants will take several months. Although this may seem unnecessary, the multi-phased treatment process is vital to the long-term success of your new smile. There is no need to worry. Here is what you can expect while completing your smile.
Preparing for Dental Implants
After your initial consultation with your dentist in Flushing, they may find you need additional procedures before your dental implant surgery. This will add to the length of your treatment plan depending on which ones you need. Common additional procedures include:
- Tooth extractions
- Periodontal therapy
- Bone grafting
- Sinus lift
Dental Implant Placement
The first phase of your treatment requires oral surgery to place your implant posts into your jawbone. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to give access to your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it for each post to be placed before it is sutured closed.
The surgery itself does not take too long, but the healing process can take several months. The implant posts act as new tooth roots, so they stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Over the next 3 to 6 months, your jawbone fuses to the posts through a process called osseointegration. This is necessary to allow the posts to provide a stable foundation for your restorations while also having the potential to remain in place forever.
Abutments & Restorations
The final stage of your treatment consists of two parts. First, special fixtures called abutments are placed on each post. They are connector pieces between the restorations and the implants. This requires another surgery. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the post heads to attach the abutments. Over the next few weeks, your gum tissue heals around them to create a seal.
While you wait for your gum tissue to heal, the dental lab will be hard at work creating your high-quality restorations. They are made to meet your exact specifications for aesthetics and function. After they are sent back to your dental office, you return for the final step in your treatment to have them attached to your abutments. Typically, it takes 2 simple visits to get your permanent teeth.
Complete Your Smile Today!
Every step during your journey to a complete smile is vital to ensure you protect your investment. Your dentist will discuss how long you can expect your treatment to take and what you can expect to feel confident in your decision to use dental implants to treat your tooth loss.
About NY Smile Creators
Dr. Richard Gochman and Dr. Teju Bharati are committed to enhancing our patients’ lives through advanced dental care. Our office provides the latest tooth replacement treatments, including dental implants. If you are ready to rebuild your smile, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.
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