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Dental Implants – Long Island City, NY

Give Your Smile a Second Chance

While traditional dentures and dental bridges can restore the look of your smile and offer some degree of functionality, dental implants are the only permanent prosthetics designed to restore your teeth from the root to the crown. Our in-house periodontist and implantologist, Dr. Bizzell, can place and restore your missing teeth without referring you out to another local specialist. Contact us today to find out what dental implants from our Long Island City, NY dentist could do for you.

Why Choose LIC Dental Associates at Court Square/Queen’s Plaza
for Dental Implants?

  • Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Placement and Restoration
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology on Staff
  • CT/Cone Beam Scanner Used for Precise Implant Treatment Planning

What are Dental Implants?

Dentist and dental patient discussing dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that mimic natural tooth roots. Surgically placed into the patient’s jawbone, they fuse with the bone to create a firm foundation for the new teeth. The implants are combined with a customized dental crown, bridge, or denture that is secured to the top to offer optimal functionality, greater jawbone stimulation, and enhanced aesthetics.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Animated smile representing the four step dental implant process
  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation – You will meet with a member of our team to see whether or not dental implants would be right for you.
  • Dental Implant Surgery – Because we place our own dental implants in-house, you can stay in one location and receive care from the same trusted team.
  • Healing Period – After your implant surgery, you’ll return home to spend 3-6 months recovering and allowing your implants to fuse with your jawbone.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s) – The final step is attaching your new teeth to your implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dentist and patient discussing the benefits of dental implants

Unlike dentures and dental bridges, dental implants stand apart, offering patients a permanent solution to tooth loss. They are much more stable compared to traditional prosthetics, and they have been shown to last for over 30 years as well (regular dentures and bridges last about 5 years on average). Plus, maintenance is easy, as all a patient has to do is brush and floss just like with their natural teeth.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Woman smiling after tooth replacement with dental implants

Most adults with tooth loss are likely good candidates for dental implants. Although not everyone can immediately undergo implant surgery, preliminary treatments like bone grafting, periodontal therapy, and tooth extraction make it possible to ensure their successful placement and restoration in the future. When meeting with our dental team, you can expect us to offer a proposed plan that will put you one step closer to a healthier, longer-lasting smile.

Missing One Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

Combining a titanium post with a metal abutment and customized dental crown, you can regain full function and an improved appearance. Unlike a typical bridge, a dental implant crown doesn’t require the surrounding teeth to be shaved down.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Multiple missing teeth can be easily replaced using two dental implant posts and a customized dental bridge. Instead of relying on the nearby teeth to serve as anchors, your new restoration will be secured to dental implant posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant denture placement

Instead of relying on natural suction, a full denture can rest on 4-6 dental implants placed along the jawbone. Not only does this offer continuous stimulation to the bone to prevent facial collapse, but you’ll also enjoy greater bite strength while eating your favorite foods.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dental patient reviewing the cost of tooth replacement with dental implants

The cost of dental implants is different for everyone. From the number of dental implants required to the type of restoration needed, the materials used, and the brand of implants, these factors and others will influence the cost estimate that will be discussed during your initial consultation. Our team will work with your available insurance benefits and help you remain within your budget while receiving a new and improved smile.

Dental Implant FAQs

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

Your jawbone will fuse with your dental implants, so you can’t take them out. They can remain in place forever with the correct care, like brushing and flossing. Although you can’t remove the posts, some implant dentures can be taken out, making them easier to clean. Only a dentist can remove dental implants in Long Island City. If you prefer a removable solution, your dentist can discuss other options.

Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

You’ll require surgery to insert your implants into your jawbone, but you don’t have to worry about a painful day in the dentist’s chair. Sedation or anesthesia will be used, so you won’t feel any pain during your placement surgery. However, after the effects of any medications wear off, you can expect your mouth to be sore for a couple of days. You can manage it with a prescribed or OTC pain reliever. Apply a cold compress to reduce discomfort, bruising, and swelling. Your implant dentist in Long Island City will review additional aftercare instructions before you go home.

What Are the Signs of Dental Implant Failure?

Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, but it’s best to monitor for any symptoms that may indicate you’re at risk of complications, like pain, redness, or swelling. Early implant failure often occurs from failed osseointegration. Besides pain, your implant may be loose. Another common cause of dental implant failure is an infection called peri-implantitis, which is like gum disease. If you have any signs of gum disease, don’t wait to contact our office. Early detection and treatment may prevent your new smile from failing.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are the most reliable treatment for tooth loss. They are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the correct care, like brushing and flossing. Many factors influence the lifespan of dental implants, like the quality of the materials used. The location of your implant may also affect its life expectancy. Back teeth experience more wear and tear, so implants used for molars may have a slightly shorter lifespan than those used for front teeth. You can get the most from your investment with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. It’s best to break any habits that can harm your dental implants, like chewing on your fingernails or grinding your teeth.

What Should I Do If My Dental Implant Feels Loose?

Your dental implant should never feel loose. You should contact your dentist right away because it can be caused by a serious issue, like bone loss or an infection. However, it can also be something simple, like a damaged restoration. Don’t take the risk. Avoid wiggling your implant with your tongue or finger and get to your dentist right away.