Dental Implants: A Secure Foundation for Your Restoration
For patients with missing teeth, Drs. Daniel P. Duggan, John E. Seylar, and Nellab Hashimi can place and restore dental implants at their office in Bay Shore, NY. Compared to traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures, implant-supported restorations provide added stability and jawbone stimulation. Our practice offers both traditional dental implants and mini dental implants for patients who qualify for a more conservative treatment option.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts placed in your jaw during oral surgery that anchor prosthetic restorations in place. Dental implants can help halt bone loss in the jaw. When left untreated, missing teeth can lead to jawbone atrophy and changes in your facial structure. Implants help stop further jawbone degeneration by providing vital stimulation to the jawbone.
Undergoing Oral Surgery
In order to receive dental implants, you must be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. During your initial consultation, we will collect your medical history and conduct a comprehensive oral exam. If you use tobacco or alcohol in excess, you should quit prior to surgery, as they can inhibit the healing process and lead to implant failure.
At Duggan Dental Group, we use advanced imaging to plan implant placement. Our cone beam scanner allows us to digitally plan your surgery and place your implants with more accuracy by capturing 3D views of your intraoral cavity. Our doctors will then use special software to recreate the images on a computer and plan the surgery in front of you in the consultation room.
We combine advanced imaging technology and nearly two decades of experience to provide patients with successful implant treatment.
To ensure that you remain comfortable, we will administer nitrous oxide sedation before your surgery begins. One of our doctors will then place the implants through an opening in your gums and secure the posts in the jaw. Over the next three to six months, your implants will fuse with your jawbone during a process known as osseointegration. In order to ensure the success of your implants, our staff will provide detailed instructions about post-operative care.
Traditional vs. Mini Dental Implants
For patients who have already experienced bone loss due to missing teeth and would typically require a preparatory bone graft, we can provide mini dental implants. Mini dental implants are placed directly into the jaw through the gums without the need for major gum surgery. Mini implants are approximately half the size of traditional implants and are ideal for replacing small teeth such as incisors and front teeth that may not require a large implant post. In general, mini dental implants also offer a shorter surgery timeframe and faster recovery. However, depending on your oral health concerns you may be a better candidate for traditional dental implants.
Same-day Dental Implants
For the right candidate, our doctors can place up to four implants at once to replace a full arch of teeth. Using tilted implants, we are able to place a full arch of dentures on the same day of your surgery. In order to qualify for this type of implant placement, you must have enough bone tissue to support the implants. Similarly to traditional single implants, these immediate load implants have been shown to be highly successful as a long-term solution for replacing teeth.
Questions about Implants?
We combine advanced imaging technology and nearly two decades of experience to provide patients with successful dental implant treatment. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many decades. If you are missing teeth, we encourage you to call us at (631) 586-6300 or contact us online to discuss your implant options and treatment cost.
"We love Dr. Duggan and his staff. Everyone is friendly and professional and we feel that they would do anything for our family. We highly recommend to anyone!"Colleen Kelly V.