Dental Implants - Rego Park - Single Tooth Restoration Now you can have an implant instead of a bridge
Years ago if you lost a single tooth, a fixed bridge was your only option. The teeth on each side of the missing tooth were ground down and prepared for crowns, the missing tooth was connected to the crowns and the fixed bridge was cemented to place. Now, thanks to advances in modern dentistry, a dental implant may be the best, strongest and simplest way for you to replace that missing tooth. The teeth on each side of the space no longer need to be destructed and prepared for crowns. The implant looks, feels and functions like the natural tooth it replaces.
Single Tooth Replacement Procedure:
The procedure is relatively simple. A small hole is precisely drilled into the bone at the location of the missing tooth. A small titanium implant is placed into the prepared site. The implant is allowed to heal for 4-5 months. During this time, you can wear a temporary tooth replacement. You won't even know the implant is there. After healing is complete, the implant is uncovered and the final crown is placed.
The result is esthetically pleasing, remarkably strong and durable, and surprisingly economical. Ask Dr. Pinchas for more details about single tooth replacements with dental implants!
MINI DENTAL IMPLANTS - MDI'S REGO PARK
Sometimes referred to as MDI's, miniature dental implants are smaller than traditional dental implants. When these were designed originally, it was for retaining dentures but now the minoi dental implant has many uses.
Patients may get confused about what your options are when it comes to mini-dental implants.
The main difference between MDI's and implants are that MDI's with a little bit of force are removable and hence a good substitute for dentures.There are two main pieces, one ofthem being the actual mini dental implant dentures and the other being the implant itself. The implant is a miniature titanium rod that has two ends. The first end is a screw and the otehr end is a ball shape that allows it to connect into the actual dentures.The titanium dental implant is one solid piece for additional sturdiness.
The denttures have a socket conect on the bases. This fits directly with the ball shaped head of the implants. The dentures also feature a rubber o-ring that creates the proper force that allows the implants to be held in place. The strength of the suction allows you to talk and eat like normal without the dentures being forced off. The dentures are easily removed by applying a little extra force and they basically unhinge. To put them back on just place over the ball and apply the requisite downward or upward pressure.
MdI's versus traditional implants.
Patients may not fully realize the distinction between mini-dental implants and the traditionally used implants. One of the major differences is size. A traditional implant is between 4mm and 5.75mm in size. The mini dental implants are just 2mm in size.
The installation of MDI's is therfore easier than the traditional ones and it allows titanium screws to be implanted on narrower areas that were hard to operate on with traditional implants. There are also easier to implant MDI's as well than traditional dental implants. Patients might want to take this into consideration.
The installation of an MDI.
Compared to most dental surgeries MDI's are installed with relative ease.
Below are some of the key stages of the surgery.
- Installation of MDI's is a single stage procedure whereby traditional implants are a two stage procedure.
- Normally the procedure takes 2 hours or less.
- Minimally invasive surgery is performed, there is no gum cutting and you will not need stitches removed.
- The dentist will drill a pilot hole in to the bone.
- Once the implant is screwed in only the ball top wuill show.
Stabilizing dentures with MDI's
MDI's can help with dentures that get loose over time. This can be an embarrasing problem for the wearer who may have difficulty eating or while talking.MDI's can help considerably. They'll create a socket in the dentures, and make one, maybe two implants with the MDIs, and use those in order to provide better stabilization for the loose dentures.
Cost of MDI's
Mini dental implants are normally 60% cheaper than the traditional types of dental implants.
The good news is that mini dental implants can actually be up to 60% cheaper than the traditional types of dental implants.
It may be interesting to note that dental insurance may be a way to get the cost of MDI's down. Many dental insurance companies can cover 75% and upwards of the cost of mini dental implants therefore it might be worthwhile looking for the ones that will make MDI's cheaper.
HOW SAFE ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Tooth loss and decaying roots of teeth is a common problem due in part to infection, accidents and gradual tooth loss from decay. Over the years have given rise to the introduction of implants using titanium studs in a process known as osseointegration. Small titanium screws in the form of stubs are placed inside the jaw having bonded to the bone.
The artificial tooth is then affixed on top. Live cells easily absorb titanium in the mouth with no side effects. Dental implants are the easiest remedy for decayed teeth.
The advancement in dental technology has now made full and partial dentures a thing of the past with many people now opting for implants. Dental implants are widely accepted as a permanent and reliable solution. They can be used to for one replacement tooth or for many. The lifespan of an implant is another factor that makes it financially attractive in that they can last for up to 25 years. With proper cleaning, maintenance and regular dental check ups, goog care can add years to an implants life.
The use of dental anesthesia allows a dental implant to be a completely painless process. It is important to visit an experienced and qualified maxillofacial surgeon who is skilled and has performed a number of successful implants previously. Missing or lost teeth can be embarrassing for a patient and the introduction of an implant can bring back important changes in personality and confidence. Usualy it is difficult to find any difference between the original and the implanted tooth.
There are important health considerations to take into account when considering a dental implant. However smoking, diabetes and other health problems may cause some difficulty in the proper fucntioning of the implanted tooth. Before opting for a dental implant, it is highly reccomended to consult your dentist. Financial plans are available for dental implants and once they are implanted, regular check ups, cleaning and proper care will prolong their life. The obvious benefit is that they are permanently fixed and there is no need for gluing and soaking. For information book an appointment with Dr Pinchas on 718-779-2242 and we can discuss dental implants in more detail and your how suitable you will be as a patient.