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Deer Park Dentist, Dentist in Deer Park, NY

            Dr. Ronald C. Haas-  Prosthodontist

Prosthodontic Dental Associates PC

(631) 243-2929


What are Dental Implants?

People often think of a Dental Implant as a replacement tooth, but it is actually a metal post or appliance that replaces the patient's tooth root or roots. Once the new 'roots' are in, replacement teeth are put in place and thus anchored firmly to the jawbone by the Implants. The patient's new teeth can look, feel and work just like natural teeth. There are several types of Dental Implants suited to various dental conditions.

What are the benefits of Implants?

Dental Implants are the modern day alternative for:

  • The patient who cannot function comfortably with well fitted Dentures.
  • The patient who has lost teeth and wants to avoid Removable Dentures.
  • The patient who needs a Crown or Fixed Bridge but doesn't want to damage the supporting healthy teeth.
  • The person who wants to have the dental solution that is the closest to what Mother Nature created.

Who is a candidate for Dental Implants?

Because of recent advances in Implant Technology, more and more people are Implant candidates - although many people may be told they are not. The best way to know for certain is to be evaluated by a Specialist who has received advanced training in Implant Dentistry. Typically, if a patient is healthy enough to undergo fixed bridgework procedures or routine tooth removal, he or she can also undergo Dental Implant procedures.

What does the Dental Implant procedure involve?

Most implants are placed by a highly trained Dental Surgeon in one or two office visits. Further visits will also be needed to fit the replacement teeth, which fasten to the implants. In addition, it is possible that some additional jawbone may be needed prior to placement. Tested methods now exist that can effectively and safely add jawbone where needed. This can be done the same day as Implant placement or as a separate procedure. Most insertions can be performed under the same local anesthesia used for dental fillings. Medication so the patient can sleep during the procedure is available with oral conscious Sedation or IV sedation. Temporary teeth are usually placed until permanent replacement teeth are made so that patients can lead normal lives during the interim. In the past, the Implants were generally left undisturbed for up to 6 months before the Final Replacement Teeth were made. With modern advances, the Final Rehabilitation can frequently be made after 2 months. One very exciting development is that in many patients, the Implants can support Fixed Provisional Replacement Teeth the same day the Implants are placed. This allows our patients to avoid a Removable Denture altogether or to toss their existing Removable Denture in the trash the same day the Implants are placed!

How long does an Implant last?

Implants that maintain their jawbone levels after the first year, can be considered similar to our natural teeth. They can last indefinitely, but can be limited by the way we care for them and how they respond to the stresses of the mouth. We recommend a preventive maintenance program to help insure the long-term success of your Implants and Teeth.

How much does an implant cost as compared to other forms of dentistry?

The cost of Implant Dentistry is comparable to that of Fixed Bridgework or other advanced dental procedures in most cases.

Do Implants require any special care?

Dental Implants and accompanying replacement teeth should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth. Although they cannot get decay, they are still subject to gum disease in the same way natural teeth are.

Is there any chance of rejection of the dental implant?

The body doesn 't reject a dental implant as it might a soft tissue implant such as a lung, heart or kidney. Dental implants are made of titanium, which has proven to be highly compatible with the body.

How long will I be off work?

Generally we recommend the day of the implant placement and the day after. Most of our patients are back to work the next day after implant placement. It's an individual decision.

What will happen without treatment?

When you lose your teeth, you gradually lose the bone that supported the teeth. As this bone shrinks, problems with a loss of support can lead to increased pain, mobility, loss of retention of dentures, sharp, painful ridges, movable gums and sore spots. The tongue also enlarges to accommodate the space. With tooth loss, a five-fold decrease in chewing function occurs and the diet shifts to softer foods. When bone is lost, the possibility of numbness to the lower lip or even fracture of the jaw increases. In addition, this progression will affect our ability to provide the treatment we could have provided before that much bone loss occurs. It could require more implants or more extensive treatment. Or,it may be possible that we will not be able to provide the same treatment we recommend now. At its worst, the bone loss could be so severe that the only way for the person to have teeth of any kind would require a hip graft (taking bone from the patient's hip). Prevention is always better than waiting for further problems to occur!

Do all patients who want cosmetic makeovers get the same kind of teeth?

Absolutely not! Each person has a look they want for themselves and they have facial structure and skin tones that guide us in making individual selections that vary in size, shape, and color for each person.

Do I have to get my teeth capped to get rid of spaces between my front teeth?

In most cases capping to correct spaces isn't necessary. Today with beautiful, natural looking Porcelain Veneers (also called Porcelain Laminates or Facings) we can easily make dramatic cosmetic changes to remove spaces, fix cracked teeth, do minor tooth straightening, and change the color of your teeth. In many instances, little or no tooth structure needs to be removed to create the smile of your dreams.

Is "tooth whitening" safe?

Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by the American Dental Association. Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

Is gum surgery essential if I have periodontal (gum) disease?

We have found, many times, surgery is not necessary following a conservative course of periodontal treatment. This type of care typically includes a series of nonsurgical gum treatments. Even when surgery is required, it often is needed only in a few areas of the mouth and results can be greatly enhanced by beginning with nonsurgical treatment.

If periodontal disease is such a problem, why doesn't it hurt?

This is, unfortunately, a very good question. Periodontal problems can become quite serious and extremely advanced without any pain whatsoever. That is why it is so important to be attentive to the warning signs - bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, swollen gums, receded gums, teeth changing position, pus or swelling around gums - to name a few.


LI Solutions for Difficult Dental Problems

of Deer Park, NY. Give us a call at 6312432929. We make beautiful smiles a reality. Quality dental care provided by Dentist Ronald Haas and staff at our beautiful NY office. Providing a wide array of dental procedures including Implant Restorations, Fillings, Crowns, Whitening, Bridges, Smile Makeovers, Veneers, Teeth Whitening, and many other services. All of this available in our convenient location in Deer Park, NY.

1644 Deer Park Avenue
Deer Park NY 11729