When you choose to get dental implants, you will likely have many questions on what to expect with the consultation, procedure or healing. Whether you need to replace single teeth, multiple teeth or even your entire mouth, at National Dental’s Upper East Side office, we have solutions to fit your needs. Our team of doctors is dedicated to your results and aim to satisfy your smile goals as well as provide you with a healthy, functional mouth. National Dental is a team of multi-disciplinary specialists that cater to full-scope dentistry, including the placement, restoration and upkeep of dental implants. Everything we do is done in-house so you don’t have to worry about making additional appointments and traveling to other offices. If you are interested in taking the first steps towards dental implants in the Upper East Side, NY, we have outlined the general process you can expect.
We understand that dental implants are a big decision for you and want to be as transparent and helpful as possible when you need to make this big decision. To help you get started, we offer a free dental implant consultation. During this free consultation, we will perform an in-depth exam of your mouth, answer any questions you may have and listen to what your smile goals are. We will advise you on the best treatment plan for you and even give you an estimated cost of your overall care.
After your free consultation, we will begin planning your dental implant treatment. We begin by taking highly-detailed images of your mouth and oral structures with a 3D cone beam CT scanner. These images will show us bone volume, location of nerves and where the optimal location is to place your implants. Our doctors will then create a computer-generated surgical guide to assist during the actual surgery and ensure we place them in the most ideal location. In some cases, you may require bone grafting if you do not have sufficient jaw bone volume in order to support the implant post successfully. Once the surgical plans are created, we can discuss the size, shape and color of your final teeth.
During the actual surgical phase of the dental implant process, your safety is our primary concern. We have doctors on-staff who are certified to deliver relaxing IV sedation, which can put you in a calm state and you will likely not remember most of your surgery. Once you are sedated, we will utilize the dental implant guide we created to direct our doctors in the precise location, angle and depth to place your implant. This will remove all guesswork from the procedure and ensure success. In some cases we will extract any failing teeth and place your dental implant immediately afterward.
For those who are seeking to restore a complete arch of teeth, we offer the All-on-4 implant solution. This revolutionary procedure can restore a failing, incomplete mouth into a brand-new, stunning smile.
The final phase of the dental implant process is to cap the implants with a natural-looking dental crown. These crowns are custom made to match your mouth and surrounding teeth so they blend in seamlessly. Your new teeth will now be able to bite and chew without complication and look so natural that most people will never know you were ever missing teeth to begin with.
The healing process for dental implants is actually fairly simple, contrary to what many patients believe. For the first few weeks, you should eat soft foods to allow your teeth, gums and bone to adjust and heal without much pressure. You should avoid cold or hot beverages, sticking with room temperature only, and avoid using a straw for a few days. You will likely be prescribed pain medication after surgery to help with the swelling and any discomfort, although many of our patients experience very minimal post-operative discomfort. We recommend simply rinsing your mouth with salt water after surgery instead of brushing your teeth and gums for at least 24 hours. Patients should also avoid smoking at all costs! You will likely feel back to your natural state a few days after dental implant surgery and should schedule a follow up appointment two to three weeks after surgery for further evaluation.