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What You Need to Know Before Your Dental Implant Surgery

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Dental implants are the best restorative option available for patients with severely damaged or missing teeth. This treatment is designed to replace the entire structure of the tooth, from root to crown. The implant is embedded in the jawbone, replacing the tooth’s root. A dental restoration, which replaces the crown of the tooth, is then attached to the implant. The dental implant procedure is performed in stages to allow enough time for healing between each step. Our staff can help you understand everything that you need to know before your dental implant surgery at our Queens office. If you have decided to have dental implants placed and have questions about any step of the process, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clifford Degel or Dr. Carmen Every-Degel.

Dental Implants

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Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone. After placement, the implants are allowed to heal and fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. When the implants are firmly embedded in the jawbone, a process that takes three to six months, the dental restoration is placed. Dental implants can be restored with a crown, bridge, or denture, which will be custom designed to complement your features.

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Barbara Wilson says she feels fantastic after having her smile renovated with dental implants and a fixed bridge. She originally had implants installed by a different dentist and was unhappy with the results. That is when she turned to the smile specialists at Astoria Dental Group. Not only did Dr. Degel restore Barbara’s smile, he helped her recapture her confidence.

Preparatory Treatments

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When you come in for your initial consultation with one of our dentists, we will perform a thorough examination of your mouth and recommend preparatory treatment, if it is needed.

We will use X-rays and other imaging techniques to get a clear picture of your existing bone structure and the underlying condition of your teeth. This allows our dentists to identify any existing dental health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease. Periodontal disease and tooth decay will need to be treated before dental implant surgery can be scheduled.

The X-ray images will also allow us to evaluate the patient’s jawbone density. Patients must have enough healthy bone tissue to support the implants. If bone density is insufficient, a bone grafting procedure will be performed before the implant can be placed.

Your bite will also be analyzed to determine if malocclusion is contributing to chronic teeth grinding, a problem that can affect the outcome of the implant procedure.

Developing the Surgical Plan

Prior to implant surgery, our dentists will discuss your dental concerns and goals with you to tailor your treatment plan to your unique needs. We will also use imaging technology to plan out the number of implants that will be used, and determine precisely where they will be placed within the jaw.

Pre-surgical Instructions

It is very important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure the best results possible.

Fill any prescription medications before your procedure so that you can rest following surgery.

You will need to have another adult drive you home after your procedure because you will still be feeling the effects of the anesthesia.

Be sure to wear loose, comfortable, open-collared clothing on the day of your procedure.

Additionally, mini implants offer many of the same benefits that have earned traditional dental implants recognition as a superior restorative solution. Mini implant-supported dentures will not slip out of place, and do not require messy adhesives. With proper care, mini dental implants can provide a lifetime of support for your dental prosthetic. Most importantly, mini implants and traditional implants alike preserve the health of the jaw bone and can halt further atrophy.

Contact Our Office

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If you have questions about any step of the dental implant process, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

Our Astoria Patients Know

Experience the transformative impact of permanent full-arch dental implants as depicted in a carefully curated collection highlighting the incredible evolution from tentative smiles to confident, radiant grins of the present.
john marsh
May 20, 2024
Excellent care and very friendly staff! Excellent dentist!!
Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.

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