Missing teeth make chewing, speaking, and smiling with confidence difficult. If left untreated, they can also lead to misalignment, jawbone atrophy, and additional tooth loss. If you are considering restoring your smile with dental implants, you need a reliable dentist who can plan and complete your treatment from start to finish.
Dr. Eric B. Fisher has been helping patients restore their smiles for more than three decades. He can place and restore dental implants at his Plainview, NY, with no need for referrals to other practices. Under his care, you can expect that your dental implant procedure will result in attractive results that provide a wealth of benefits.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are usually made from a biocompatible titanium material. Dr. Fisher can place implants in the upper or lower jaw. Once you are healed, he can restore the implants with natural-looking restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Clinical studies have shown that implants have a success rate of more than 95 percent.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Before recommending implants, it is essential to make certain that your jaw can accommodate implants, that your teeth and gums are healthy, and that implant placement will not disturb nerves or cause other damage. Dr. Fisher uses an advanced panoramic X-ray and computed tomography (CT) scanner developed by one of the world’s largest dental equipment manufacturers, Planmeca.
These high-resolution images allow him to assess the available bone tissue and spacing available for an implant. If you have waited to address missing teeth, you may have experienced advanced bone recession that affects your candidacy for implants.
Clinical studies have shown that implants have a success rate of more than 95 percent.
In these cases, Dr. Fisher offers bone grafting and sinus lifts. During these procedures, Dr. Fisher can use artificial or natural grafting material to replace recessed tissue. Once the grafting material fuses with the surrounding bone tissue, he can place your implants.
The process of placing and restoring implants requires a number of visits over several months.
Once you are fully healed from any preparatory bone augmentation, you will be ready for your dental implant procedure. While the area is numb, Dr. Fisher will surgically place the implant into the bone. For your comfort, Dr. Fisher offers both nitrous oxide and oral sedation in addition to local anesthesia to help make your treatment more comfortable. Our operatory rooms are also equipped with cable television and headphones so that you can take your mind off of treatment.
Most implants require the attachment of an abutment device that holds the restoration in place. This step will take place after three to six months, once the implant has fully integrated with the jaw.
When your implants are ready, your custom restorations can be attached. Your implants could last the rest of your life with proper care and regular six-month visits to the dentist.