Dental Implants in Locust Valley
Durable and beautiful restorations
Of the restorative dental solutions for replacing damaged or decayed teeth, dental implants offer the most permanent, effective, and natural-looking results for restoring your smile. Although not an option for every patient seeking a restorative dentist, implants can help people feel like they have their natural teeth again.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a dental device that is surgically embedded into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They can be used to replace one or several teeth in healthy people with enough resilient jaw bone tissue to handle the surgery.
Dental implants restore the look and function of normal teeth, allowing people to eat normally, speak clearly, and smile beautifully for years to come.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
When compared to other restorative dental procedures, such as crowns or dentures, implants have three key benefits. First, unlike dentures, they do not require special care beyond the normal dental routine of brushing and flossing. Second, they are longer-lasting and stronger than crowns, as they are made from extremely durable materials that act like natural teeth.
Finally, dental implants contribute to an overall healthier mouth, as they protect surrounding teeth from moving or crowding into the gap caused by the missing tooth, and they’re not subject to tooth decay or cavities.
Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?
Although the method for the different types of implants is the same, there are different uses for implants beyond replacing a single tooth. Dental bridges are devices that utilize one or more dental implants to permanently restore gaps of multiple teeth anywhere in the mouth. Similarly, implant-assisted dentures can be used to replace multiple teeth or the entire upper or lower part of the mouth, while still being removable for easy cleaning.
What Can Patients Expect During the Dental Implant Process?
While they provide exceptional results, dental implants can be a time-consuming process. Dr. Koster is committed to implant patients and wants to ensure the results of your unique procedure are as natural as your real teeth, which is why the process takes a long time.
During your first appointment, Dr. Koster will assess the health of your mouth and jaw, make scans and/or impressions of the area to be treated, and recommend a treatment plan for you, whether or not it includes dental implants. This is the best time to ask questions about implants, the process, and the expected results before committing to dental implants.
Your next appointment will be the scheduled date of your oral surgery. You will be given either local or intravenous sedation to ensure your comfort during this process. Dr. Koster will then implant a dental prosthetic into the jaw in the area of the missing tooth (or teeth) through an incision in the gums. You will then be sent home for several months as the prosthetic integrates with bone tissue and becomes settled and secure.
Dr. Koster will evaluate the implant area at this appointment, taking scans and impressions to send to the lab to create the artificial tooth or teeth. She will also take photos of the area to aid with color matching and shape precision.
Once the tooth has been created, Dr. Koster will fit it onto the implanted prosthesis, checking for natural fit, shape, and color, and sending it back to the lab for adjustments if needed. If everything looks good, you’ll be given instructions with how to care for the new implant, as it will be in your mouth indefinitely, essentially becoming part of your mouth.
Dental Implant Follow Up
Sometimes after you’ve gotten your implant, Dr. Koster will follow up with you to confirm that the prosthetic has integrated well into the mouth and that you have no issues with your implant. She will evaluate it and recommend any additional treatments such as a night mouth guard to ensure the longevity of your implant.
How Should Patients Care for Their Dental Implants?
Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. They should be brushed twice a day along with your other teeth, as well as flossed at least once a day. Dr. Koster will monitor the implant in the future, regular dental cleanings, as well as advise you on when to eliminate foods and drinks that may be staining your teeth or the implant.
Is Locust Valley Dentists right for you?
At Locust Valley Dentists, your comfort and satisfaction come first. We start by listening to you, your concerns, and what you hope to achieve through your visit to our practice. We’ll talk about:
- Advantages of the modern materials used for crowns
- How to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come
- The importance of brushing and flossing after an implant or root canal
- How to maximize the durability of your crown
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how crowns improve your health, appearance, and life
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your crown will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your dental crown, our office can work with many PPO insurance plans.
Our friendly and knowledgeable front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.
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