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Ensuring a Healthy, Successful Dental Implant Recovery

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Dental implants are an excellent way to replace missing teeth with permanent, stable restorations. If you are considering a dental implant, you may be wondering about the recovery process. Our doctors in Queens, NY, use precise surgical techniques to reduce your recovery time and enhance your healing. In some cases, Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel can also provide mini implants or teeth-in-a-day, which involve a quick, minimal discomfort recovery. Whether you receive traditional or mini implants, our dentists will provide complete guidance and care throughout the dental implant recovery process.

Long-Term Care for Dental Implant

After Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel place your implant posts, you will need to wait for your gums to heal before you can receive your final restoration. The healing process typically takes about four to six months. The crucial process of osseointegration will allow your implant to mimic the function of a tooth root while preventing the bone atrophy that naturally occurs after losing a tooth. This important step in the healing process is what will properly secure your implant, offering unparalleled stability, as well as helping to minimize and slow the deterioration of bone tissue.

Timelines Vary from Patient to Patient

Your specific timeline will depend on your unique procedure. For example, if you undergo a bone graft, recovery could take up to 12 months. Alternatively, if you receive teeth-in-a-day, your dentist will place mini implant posts and attach your restoration in the same appointment. Your dentist will provide a consultation before your procedure. At this time, he or she will plan your surgery and help you choose the right type of implants for your needs.

Video: Mini Dental Implants and Dentures

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Dr. Degel placed mini dental implants and dentures to treat this patient’s dental issues. In this clip, our patient talks about her mini dental implants and dentures, which she received here several years ago, and how they have improved her quality of life.

Understanding Osseointegration

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After your implants have been placed, bone cells in the jaw will begin to attach directly to the surface of the titanium posts during the osseointegration process. Over the course of four to six months, the area will heal and the titanium posts will become incorporated directly into the structure of the jaw, functioning as tooth roots. Once the posts have fully integrated, the surgeon will perform an additional procedure to attach abutments. The implant and abutment combine to provide a level of support for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures that cannot be matched.

Dental implants fuse directly with the jaw during the healing process

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Unique Advantages of a Healthy Recovery

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Missing teeth can have an obvious effect on the aesthetics of your smile. However, many patients are unaware that a lost tooth can also negatively impact their overall oral health. After tooth loss has occurred, the jaw no longer receives stimulation, and the bone and surrounding tissues will eventually begin to deteriorate as a result. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can stop this bone atrophy. The implanted posts provide stimulation to the jaw, which helps to maintain strength and bone density. If doctors believe your jawbone is not strong enough for surgery, we can perform a bone graft procedure to create a sufficient base for the implant.

How Our Techniques Can Expedite Your Recovery

Giving you a confident smile isn’t the only thing dental bridges can accomplish. Dental bridges can also:

Mini dental implants

These implant posts have a smaller diameter. Therefore, they impact less of your jawbone and involve a shorter recovery time.


The SimPlant system uses a CT scan to create a three-dimensional map of your skull. Then your dentist can precisely position the implants for a shorter recovery and minimal discomfort.

BOTOX® Therapeutic:

BOTOX can alleviate pressure on your implant posts so that your gums will heal faster and you will have a reduced risk for implant failure.

Monitoring Recovery at Follow-up Appointments

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In the weeks and months following your procedure, Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel will provide follow-up appointments throughout your recovery. At these visits, he or she will offer tips and guidance to further enhance your healing. It is important to schedule and attend these follow-up appointments to ensure that no infection or setbacks are. During this time, you can also discuss the possibility of receiving additional dental work that can further improve our smile. Once patients feel comfortable and fully healed, they often like to inquire about additional restorative or cosmetic treatments that can further improve the beauty and health of their smile. Depending on your goals, a full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover may help you achieve the more complete, more beautiful smile you desire.

Consult with a Doctor About Your Recovery

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We understand that the decision to receive dental implants is a big step that requires a lot of thought and some patience. Our goal is to improve precision during the placement process to help make the recovery a quicker and more comfortable time for you. During a full evaluation, we can explain more to you about what you can expect prior to, during, and following your dental implant surgery. To find out more about dental implants and the healing process, please send us an online message. You can also call us at (718) 571-8680 to set up a consultation with one of our doctors.

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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