What are dental implants?
Dental implants consist of artificial teeth (known as crowns) that are connected to your implant’s root replacement. We surgically place the implant into your jawbone; the implant functions as a replacement root for your implant crown and holds your artificial tooth in place using a connector piece known as an abutment.
Preparing for dental implants
We’ll examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you have enough jawbone to support your dental implants. If your jawbone mass isn’t sufficient, we’ll perform a bone graft that will restore your bone density and volume.
You’re more likely to need a bone graft if your tooth has been missing for a long time. Without your tooth’s roots to stimulate your jawbone, your bone deteriorates. If you need a bone graft, it needs to heal for four to six months before we can insert your implant root replacement.
Before your Greenpoint, Brooklyn dental implant surgery, it’s important to make lifestyle changes that encourage your body’s natural healing processes. Stop smoking at least a month before your surgery date. Avoid alcoholic drinks for a week before your surgery. Smoking tobacco or marijuana and drinking alcoholic beverages impede the healing process. You’ll need to stop eating and drinking six to eight hours before your Greenpoint, Brooklyn dental implant surgery if you are being sedated for your procedure.
The process for placing dental implants
Before your dental implant surgery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, you’ll receive IV sedation, oral sedation, or local anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable. We surgically insert the implant root replacement into your jawbone. It takes approximately four to six months for your mouth to heal before we can create your crown and attach it to the implant using the abutment.
What to expect after your dental implant procedure
It’s normal to experience swelling, facial bruising, minor bleeding, and discomfort throughout the process of placing Greenpoint, Brooklyn dental implants.
You can use ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) to alleviate soreness and discomfort. We will also give you antibiotics after your implant placement to minimize the risk of infection and promote quick healing. Plan on taking a few days to rest and heal after the procedure. If we use stitches, we’ll remove them two weeks or so after your surgery.
Avoid smoking before and after you get your dental implants. The ingredients in cigarettes, vapes, cigars, or marijuana interfere with your body’s healing processes by reducing blood flow and can even cause your body to reject your dental implants.
How do dental implants improve your oral health?
Dental implants in Greenpoint, Brooklyn help you enhance your oral health. Missing teeth put you at risk of gum recession, bone deterioration, tooth movement, and poor nutrition. Your dental implants stimulate your jawbone so that it maintains a healthy level of bone density to protect your remaining teeth, while also allowing you to eat all types of food and enjoy a high quality of life.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are multiple benefits associated with Greenpoint, Brooklyn dental implants that make them an excellent treatment for many of our patients:
Dental implants don’t rely on your other teeth
Some options for replacing missing teeth require you to have nearby healthy teeth to support the restoration of your missing teeth. We don’t need other teeth to successfully place dental implants.
You’ll improve your smile, appearance, and self-confidence
Missing teeth can cause your face and smile to appear sunken and droopy. Dental implants in Greenpoint, Brooklyn make your face appear fuller and more youthful and help create a flattering smile that will boost your self-esteem.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth
When properly cared for, dental implants in Greenpoint, Brooklyn have a lifespan of 25 years or more.
Missing teeth negatively affect your appearance, oral health, and overall quality of life. Dental implants are an excellent alternative for permanently replacing your missing teeth.
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Our restorative dental treatments are designed to bring your a natural smile.
Our philosophy for dentistry is simple and straightforward. We aim to provide care that is in your best interest. This means we are transparent and non judgemental, kind and empathetic. We have multiple specialists in house as we feel that this is the best way to provide comprehensive care to our patients.
Our office is relaxing and spa-like because let's face it, no one loves going to the dentist. We're trying to change that by providing a soothing environment for oral care.
Dr. Vicky Athanasiou
Founder, General Dentist