Dental Implants FAQs
The top oral surgeons in Smithtown NY, Drs. Alex Montazem, and Andre Montazem, are changing lives every day as they replace missing teeth with premium dental implants. Tooth implants are artificial teeth that we firmly anchor to your jaw which provide you with the freedom to eat all your favorite foods without having to worry about slippage and other embarrassing situations.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant has become the golden standard for replacing missing teeth. A single implant is made up of a titanium screw that we insert in your jaw, a crown, and a connector that attaches the crown to the screw. Implants give you the ability to talk, eat, and laugh freely.
How do dental implants work?
We place a screw in your jaw that serves the same purpose as the roots of your natural teeth. During several months of osseointegration, the implant integrates with the bone, creating stability and permanence. Once all healing has occurred, your restorative dentist places the final restoration.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The duration of this process depends on you, the patient, and the complexity of your case. Typically, implant placement requires about 3-6 months from surgery to the GP dentist fabricating teeth. If your jaw requires bone grafting to bulk it up before implant placement, that will extend your treatment time.
Will I need to have bone grafting?
If you have been missing a tooth for more than a month, it is likely you will need some bone grafting. At your consultation, we evaluate the surgical site, discuss with you your unique needs, and advise accordingly. Bone grafting is a safe and simple procedure that over half of implant patients require.
Will I miss work?
It’s not uncommon to take a day or two off for implant placement procedure.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! We keep the surgical site numb throughout implant surgery. If you experience any mild discomfort as you recover, it can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.
How long do implants last?
Our implants can last a lifetime if well cared for. Proper oral hygiene ensures implant health and longevity.
How do I care for implants?
Caring for your implant teeth is the same as caring for your natural teeth: brush twice and floss once daily. Make sure to keep up with your regular cleanings and checkups with your general dentist.
How much do dental implants cost?
There’s a variety of factors that affect the cost of implant, including the number you’re having placed and your need for bone grafting. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll present you with all the costs upfront. And we make it our job to help you navigate our insurance benefits. We want to do all we can to make sure you get the care you deserve.