Learn How Dental Implant Surgery Can Make Your Smile Whole Again
A smile affected by one or more missing teeth has the power to take away almost anyone’s confidence. Luckily, there are many excellent dental options that can help patients once again have full, healthy smiles. The most effective of these options is dental implant surgery, a procedure that Dr. Clifford Degel has extensive experience in performing at his Queens restorative and cosmetic dentistry practice. At Astoria Dental Group, we are proud to offer a range of dental implant options, including the latest advance in implant dentistry, the revolutionary Prettau® Implant Bridge.
Is Implant Dentistry Right for You?
Most patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth and have sufficient jawbone mass to support the implant posts will be suitable candidates for dental implant surgery. Patients who lack the necessary jawbone density may first have to undergo a bone grafting procedure in order to improve their candidacy for implant dentistry. The success of dental implant surgery depends on careful screening of patients and meticulous planning of the placement of the implants. Dr. Degel will provide treatment for any periodontal or other oral health issues that need to be resolved in order to ensure the best results possible for your dental implant surgery.
The Dental Implant Surgery Procedure
The Prettau® Implant Bridge is one of the most reliable options in restorative dentistry. The process of placing your bridge will be complete in two visits, and you will experience little to no pain throughout the entire treatment.
First, a CT scan of your skull will be done to accurately analyze the condition of your mouth and plot out the exact sites where the implants will be embedded. To make sure you’re comfortable, your surrounding teeth and gums will be numbed. Next, the implant posts will be carefully placed in your jaw, along with abutments, or connectors, that will hold the Prettau® Implant Bridge firmly in place. It will take a few weeks for your jawbone to heal around the implants, by which time your custom-crafted bridge will be ready for placement.
When we receive your Prettau® Implant Bridge, you’ll come in for a test run of your new teeth. Dr. Degel will check to ensure that your bridge fits your mouth comfortably. If there are no adjustments to make, he’ll clean them and securely affix them to your implants.
Risks vs. Rewards of Dental Implant Surgery
When the procedure is performed by an experienced professional with the proper technology and exceptional attention to detail, dental implant surgery is generally a rewarding experience. Among their many benefits, dental implants offer:
- The most secure and stable method of supporting replacement teeth
- Dramatically improved oral health and a stronger bite
- Replacement teeth that look, feel, and function remarkably like natural teeth
- Renewed ability to eat and speak with ease, particularly for patients who currently wear traditional removable dentures
- A stunningly rejuvenated smile
As with any other surgery, there are some risks associated with dental implant surgery, including infection, damaged blood vessels, or numbness in your mouth. These side effects are rare, however, and almost always temporary.
Learn More about Dental Implant Surgery
If you have any further questions about dental implant surgery, or if you would like to set up a consultation, please contact our dental practice.