Dental Implants | Stony Brook, NY
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root substitutes. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Dr. Jonke, Dr. Guariglia, Dr. Jamdar, Dr. First or Dr. Mundiya will uncover the implants and attach small posts that protrude through the gums and will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
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Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Drs. Jonke, Guariglia, Jamdar, First or Mundiya is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction – further minimizing the number of surgical procedures.
Dental Implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist. While Drs. Jonke, Guariglia, Jamdar, First or Mundiya performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What Types Of Prosthesis Are Available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Drs. Jonke, Guariglia, Jamdar, First or Mundiya performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility. Inpatient hospital implant surgery is for patients who have special medical or anesthetic needs or for those who need extensive bone grafting from the jaw, hip or tibia.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
A Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than 35 years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types Of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are You A Candidate For Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?
The majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or without general anesthesia.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
Suffolk Oral Surgery Associates, LLP
Patient Review by Diane H
Dr First is a remarkable oral surgeon. I have just completed my fifth & sixth implant, all performed by Dr First. There is minimal discomfort, not any pain. I have recommended family and friends to Suffolk Oral Surgery, they are the BEST!
- Diane H
Patient Review by Richard D
This is a terrific practice. Everyone is personable and helpful. Explanations by both doctor and staff are thorough and offered without prompting. The people at Suffolk Oral Surgery make tolerable what is by its very nature an unpleasant experience. What more need be said?
- Richard D
Patient Review by Christie R
Dr. Jamdar was wonderful. I had a lot of anxiety going into the office for my dental implant surgery, but his confidence and calm demeanor put me at ease. The procedure wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be! Pain was minimal the few days following. He really is great at what he does. His surgical assistants were amazing as well. Very compassionate. They turned an unpleasant situation into a positive one. I will definitely recommend this office to my family and friends.
- Christie R
Patient Review by Alexander M
Any fears or worries I felt before the dental implant procedure were immediately dismissed as I was made physically and mentally at ease. I was always in the best professional hands I had a painless experience both during and on the days afterwards.I cannot believe that I waited so long to have the surgery when it was such a seamless operation
- Alexander M
Patient Review by Jackie M
Dr. Jonke and his Stony Brook staff are amazing. They are professional, warm, caring and go that extra mile. If you're taking a visit to the oral surgeon - it's necessary. However, there's comfort in knowing that you will be in good hands with this Stony Brook team. They don't come any better!
- Jackie M