Dental Implants: The Ultimate Solution for Missing Teeth
For our patients who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can restore the ability to chew and smile with confidence. Dr. Clifford Degel is widely sought after for the placement of dental implants at his Queens practice, and for his expertise as an implant dentist. He excels at both standard and immediate implant placement.
Dr. Degel is one of the best implant dentistry specialists in the area, and our practice features the latest and most advanced dental implant technology.
Why Are Dental Implants Helpful?
The loss of even one tooth can seriously impact both the function of your bite and your confidence in your appearance. Adjacent teeth can be compromised by the gap left by a missing tooth, shifting position or becoming more vulnerable to chips and cracking.
For our patients from Queens, Long Island, and throughout New York City, dental implants offer a permanent and proven solution to missing teeth. The implant process involves attaching a custom-made, artificial tooth to an anchor post surgically implanted in the jawbone. This post integrates into the bone, providing a firm anchor on which natural-looking, custom-made restorations can be placed.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implant restorations never decay.
- Dental implants prevent the side effects of tooth loss - namely, gum recession, bone loss, and speech difficulties.
- Dental implants restore proper chewing and the full strength of your bite.
- Dental implants are comfortable and convenient.
- Unlike other dental restorations such as bridges, dental implants do not require the grinding down of the teeth on each side of the gap.
- Dental implants can make dentures secure and reliable - say goodbye to messy adhesives and slipping, uncomfortable dentures!
- Because dental implants prevent bone loss, they preserve the appearance of your face and prevent sunken cheeks.
- Thanks to immediate dental implant technology, Dr. Degel may be able to place your implants the same day as your extraction!
Even with all of their advantages, patients should consider the risks associated with dental implants as well. All types of oral surgery carry rare, yet serious, risks including excessive bleeding, infection, and more. Our team will educate you on the risks and benefits of dental implants, including your healing and recovery after your surgery and what you need to know before your procedure.
Of all dental restoration solutions, dental implants have the highest rate of success. They look, feel, and function just like real teeth, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
The Dental Implants Process
Determining whether or not dental implants are appropriate for you, and choosing which type of implant is right for you, is highly dependent upon your needs and the condition of your jawbone. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants because some people don't have adequate bone structure to support the implants. However, bone grafting allows more patients to enjoy the convenience and strength of these dental restorations.
Timeline is Representative of the Traditional Implant Process
During your initial visit to our Queens office for a dental implants consultation, Dr. Degel, will evaluate your bone and gum health to determine whether you are good candidate for implants, including immediate dental implants. If dental implants are the right option for you, Dr. Degel will walk you through every step of the dental implant process, from initial planning to the final, permanent restoration. We can even perform a dental implant restoration on work that has been previously done.
Immediate Dental Implants Using the Mini Drive-Lock™ System
Astoria Dental Group is among the first implant dentists to offer patients from throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island the option of immediate dental implants using the Mini Drive-Lock™ (MDL) Dental System.
Using the MDL system, your dentures can be made more secure than ever, and the implant procedure can usually be accomplished in a single visit.
The key to the MDL system is a miniature implant that can be placed in the jaw without complicated oral surgery. Using only a local anesthetic, we can secure the implant in the bone. Because of the bone's elastic nature, it will immediately hold the small implants in place. We then fit your dentures with receptacles that will allow you to snap them into place over the dental implants. Your dentures will remain firmly in place until you decide to remove them. You'll never have to depend on messy, unreliable adhesives again.
Implants in a Day - the SimPlant™ System
The SimPlant™ system uses a CT scan of your skull to create a highly detailed image of your mouth that shows the condition of your jawbone and the optimal sites for dental implants. The patient can have this CT scan taken anywhere in the world, and the digital image can be e-mailed to our Queens-area implant dentist.
You can get a new smile in just one day using a digitalized, streamlined process!
Using the CT scan image, the SimPlant™ Software makes a duplicate of the patient’s skull, creating a template to guide the proper placement of the dental implants. Using this guide, Dr. Degel secures the implant posts and crowns and uses BOTOX® Therapeutic to reduce the amount of stress placed on the new implant. By combining the SimPlant™ system with MDL miniature implants, dentures can be secured in one day - you can walk away with a beautiful, functional smile!
Schedule a Consultation
Choosing an implant dentist is the most important decision you can make regarding the success of your treatment. Dr. Degel is one of the best implant dentistry specialists in the area, and our practice features the latest and most advanced dental implant technology. If you live near Queens, or Long Island, New York, and think dental implants placed by our expert implant dentist might be right for you, we encourage you to contact Astoria Dental Group to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about your treatment timeline.