Full-mouth reconstruction and oral surgery can be intimidating, especially if you don’t have a reliable dentist in mind. Dr. Eric B. Fisher has been restoring and reconstructing teeth for nearly three decades. He is also well-versed and trained for mouth rehabilitation. Patients trust Dr. Fisher as their dentist in Plainview, NY for not only his quality of work, but his ongoing education on the subjects of dental implants and every other aspect of his practice.
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. There must be sufficient bone structure within the jaw to support the implant. Conditions or incidences such as periodontal disease, cavities, infection, injury, or trauma can affect the amount of bone available. To compensate, Dr. Fisher offers bone grafting for patients who want to have dental implants, but might not be an ideal candidate. This is a surgical procedure where Dr. Fisher takes artificial or natural grafting material (bone), and places it in the targeted area where it is left to heal for several months. Once the grafting material fuses to the surrounding bone, the dental implants can be placed.
To help evaluate the surrounding bone structure that will support the dental implants, Dr. Fisher utilizes an advanced panoramic X-ray and CAT scanner developed by one of the world’s largest dental equipment manufacturers, Planmeca. The images can be taken in both 2D and 3D, and the amount of radiation used by the machine is exceptionally small when compared to traditional X-rays. The scanner itself is the only one on the market that allows for both segmental and sectional CAT scans in the areas where dental implants can possibly be placed.
Receiving dental implants at our Plainview, NY, office is a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.