Dr. Peter Vastardis and the rest of our staff are invested in helping patients maintain a whole, healthy smile for life – but sadly, this isn’t always possible. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may experience a whole host of unpleasant consequences, including diminished oral health, reduced self-confidence, and even a poorer quality of life overall. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to stay this way. At Garden City Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of reconstructive solutions, and dental implants are right at the forefront creating durable, beautifully natural results for patients. In fact, many patients who have dental implants forget they’re not their original teeth after some time has passed.
Benefits of Dental Implants
So what's the secret behind the success of dental implants? It’s simple. While other tooth replacement solutions focus on solely replicating the crown (the white, visible part), dental implants focus on the entire structure including the root that’s located underneath the gum line. Without a new tooth root, patients experience jawbone deterioration and decreasing oral health over time; that’s why implants are our recommendation for patients in most cases. Dr. Vastardis can refer patients to a trusted specialist in the area for the surgical placement. Once you’ve successfully healed from the procedure, our team will welcome you back to our practice so we can design and place a new, custom restoration on top, replenishing your complete smile.
Dental Implant Restoration Process
When restoring a single implant, our team will use an all-ceramic dental crown. This option is ideal because it can recreate the natural look of the lost tooth without requiring significant modification of healthy teeth nearby. However, in cases of multiple implants, this option can become more extensive and costly resulting in the need for an implant-retained prosthetic.
Implant-retained prosthetics are very similar in appearance to the traditional denture or bridge that most patients are familiar with. However, they have one important distinction – they’re designed to clip into place over a set number of implants, recreating the lost portion of your smile all at once in a solid and cost-effective fashion. These prosthetics can be designed as fixed or removable, depending on the patient’s amount of remaining jawbone density and their personal preference.
Dental implants offer several amazing benefits for tooth loss patients including:
Implants are flexible, allowing patients to replicate one tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch in strong, lasting ways.
With implants, there are no inconvenient dietary restrictions or complicated hygiene routines to follow – they can be treated just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants revitalize not only your oral health, but also your facial appearance. The threat of jawbone deterioration is greatly reduced with this reconstructive procedure, helping patients from Floral Park and surrounding areas avoid the dreaded “hunched” appearance that can occur over time with more traditional options.
With the help of a diligent homecare routine and professional maintenance at Garden City Dentistry, patients can expect to enjoy their implants for 30 years, 40 years, or even the rest of their life!