What To Expect With Dental Implants.

January 23, 2024What To Expect With Dental Implants: Woman admiring her new smile after treatment. Discover the journey with National Dental.

What You Need to Know About Your Implant Surgery

Whether you are receiving a single dental implant or a replacing a full arch through the All-on-4 system, we follow the same protocols and use the same technologies to ensure your surgery is safe and successful. As a leading implant practice in New York, NY, our office has the advantage of housing every dental specialty, so everything from tooth extractions, implant placement, and the creation and placement of restorations is done in-house. We want to be absolutely transparent with our patients on what to expect with dental implants in New York, NY, and have outlined the steps you will go through.

Free Initial Consultation

Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth, or have failing teeth, we will always speak with you in a private consultation. During this consultation we will perform a preliminary exam of your mouth, discuss your smile goals and go over your needs. We will answer any of your questions or concerns on what to expect with dental implants and give you an estimate on the overall cost of your implant procedure. We will help you determine the best treatment plan for you.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are individually composed of three parts. The implant itself is a biocompatible titanium post that is strategically placed within the jaw bone. This implant post will fuse to your bone to provide a strong and stable hold, mimicking the effects of a natural tooth root. An abutment piece is attached to the dental implant and is used to connect the implant to the tooth restoration, known as a dental crown. A dental crown is a lifelike “cap” that restores the dental implant to a natural look, feel and function. This will allow you to eat and chew foods and it blends seamlessly into your smile. In cases of full arch replacement, a custom denture or bridge is attached to the implants. With our dental implant options, most people will never know you were ever missing a tooth!

Placing Your Dental Implants

Ensuring your comfort and safety during implant surgery is of utmost importance at National Dental. Many patients wonder about what to expect with dental implants and the level of discomfort they will experience. Our doctors are certified in IV sedation dentistry so you can relax, or even sleep, during the procedure. While placing your implants, our doctors use computer-generated implant guides to direct them to the precise angle, depth and position. This takes away any guesswork and ensures your implants are placed in the most ideal location.

Restoring Your Dental Implants

The next phase of what to expect with dental implants is the final restoration of your teeth. Your dental crowns will be custom made to your specifications and designed to fit perfectly over your implants. These crowns will blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth so others will never be able to know you were ever missing any teeth to begin with.

The Healing Process

Many patients wonder what to expect with dental implant healing, but the truth is, that healing is fairly simple. For the first few weeks after surgery, be sure to eat soft foods and avoid foods and drinks with extreme temperatures. Additionally, do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours. Patients may be sore after surgery and you may be prescribed prescription pain medication to control the levels of discomfort, although most don’t need it. You can resume gently brushing your teeth 24 hours after surgery, but should avoid smoking of any kind. Most patients typically feel back to their natural state around three days after surgery. You should schedule a follow up appointment just a few weeks after surgery so our doctors can evaluate your health and healing.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, schedule a free consultation with our team by contacting us online or calling us at (516) 696-7900.

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