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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implant Surgery

5 Big Reasons Dental Implant Surgery Is Worth ConsideringA dental implant replaces teeth that have been removed or lost. Dental implants help those whose teeth cannot support a filling or when a tooth is beyond dental repair. In addition to cavities, tooth loss can occur as a result of a traumatic injury that has damaged a person’s jaw. No matter the reason for a dental implant, there are common questions that almost everyone asks.

What are dental implants made of?


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A dental implant is comprised of three parts- the crown, the abutment and the anchor. The anchor attaches to your jawbone and is the base of the dental implant. This piece of the dental implant is made of titanium which helps it seamlessly bond with your jawbone. The abutment connects the crown to the anchor and is made of titanium as well. Finally, the crown can be made from a variety of material, including porcelain, stainless steel or gold. Dental implants will last a lifetime and are usually stronger than natural teeth. Finally, dental implants are not susceptible to staining or decay like natural teeth are.

What happens during the implant procedure?

The process does not happen in one day. First, your dentist must create an anchor. A small hole is drilled into the jawbone where the anchor will be installed. The anchor remains covered as the bone tissues bond to the anchor. This can take up to six months. Once the bone bonds to the anchor, small posts are attached to the anchor. This piece of the implant, known as the abutment ensures the implant sits firmly in place. A few weeks later the crown is fitted onto the posts. Impressions of your mouth will be made to ensure a perfect fit of the crown. Oftentimes, the dentist will have you try the crown on several times before permanently attaching it to the abutment and anchor. Most people say that the entire process is less painful than having a tooth removed.

After the procedure, it may take a couple of months before your fully recover. Right after the dental implant surgery, you will be instructed to eat soft foods. You may experience minor pain, bleeding and some swelling or bruising may occur along the jawline. Talk with your doctor to find out what to expect right after surgery and how to properly care for your mouth.

Can dental implants be placed on the lower jawbone if you wear dentures?

Yes, in fact, it is very common. Many people complain that their lower dentures move while eating, causing them to become uncomfortable. For this reason, many denture wearers prefer to eat soft foods. Additionally, those with bone loss in the lower jaw can experience speech issues and have problems with dentures staying in place. When dental implants replace lower dentures, your top dentures will not need to work as hard and will stay in place better.

If you have any missing teeth or have troublesome dentures, dental implant surgery may be the perfect choice for you. Call Shine Dental Associates in Syosset, Long Island to see if you are a candidate for dental implants.


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