Northport Family Dental
Dental Implants, Dental Implant, Implant Dentist
Do you have a missing tooth or need to have a tooth extracted? If so, dental implants are often the best choice for replacing the missing tooth. We're pleased to offer our patients the convenience of implant treatment from start to finish right here at our Northport dental office.
Choosing Dental Implants
When assessing a severely compromised tooth, a dental implant is only one restorative option available to us. Predictability and anticipated length of service are just a few of the factors we consider when comparing alternative treatments.
However, there are times when site-specific anatomy may favor the choice of a “permanent” bridge. What’s important is that we take the time to explain the options available to you and have a dialogue about which option is best and why.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are simply titanium root replacements that serve as a means of support and allow for restoration of function to the tooth. Implants can support a single post and crown or serve as the substructure for replacement of multiple missing teeth.
Having this option of a "third set" of teeth allows for tremendous opportunity in restoring not only someone’s smile, but often their self-esteem. For many, the loss of function can actually rise to the level of a true disability. Considering this, a successful dental reconstruction can positively affect your quality of life.
Placing Your Dental Implants
Nobody likes surprises. We prefer to map out our route before taking the trip. The time we spend planning placement of your dental implant benefits you because it translates into precise positioning and shorter treatment times.
When placing a dental implant, we start by looking at the restoration that will be used. In other words, we allow the final restoration to dictate, as much as possible, where the implant needs to be, and state-of-the-art cone beam imaging is at the core of our pre-surgical planning. This system allows us to visualize available bone volume three-dimensionally and measure the quantity and quality of bone available for placement of your implant and subsequent restoration.
A surgical guide, fabricated to the specifications of the plan, is used to simplify implant placement in cases where appropriate. Whether or not we use this guide will be based on the information provided by the 3-D scan.
Each patient has unique needs, and it is our responsibility to assess, explain, and make our preferred treatment recommendations. This approach provides you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment.
Uses for Dental Implants
We use dental implants in a number of ways:
Replacement of a single tooth
Support for a “permanent” bridge
Added retention for an existing full or partial denture
Replacement of a removable denture with a hybrid
A hybrid is referred to as a fixed-detachable. It is attached to implants with screws and is removable only by the dentist. Since it sits directly on the implants and not on soft gum tissue, there is no movement as there is with traditional removables.
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