Almost 70% of Americans aged 35-44 have at least one missing tooth, and dentists place nearly 5 million dental implants each year as replacements for missing teeth. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, offers dental implant services at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York. She provides comprehensive patient care programs designed to restore your confidence with a beautiful smile. Find out more today. Make an appointment over the phone or through the web inquiry form.
A dental implant is a post screwed into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root when replacing one or more missing teeth. It’s the first part of tooth restoration, which is made up of the implant, an abutment, and the artificial tooth or teeth, which can be a crown, denture, or bridge.
The implant creates a firm foundation for a replacement tooth.
Dental implants perform several functions, depending on how many teeth you have missing. Dr. Mekawy uses them to anchor individual teeth, several teeth, and whole arches (meaning all teeth on the top or the bottom of your mouth). They can support removable dentures, too.
Dr. Mekawy inserts the implant into the space left by the missing tooth. She uses the surrounding teeth to create a near-perfect match.
If you’re missing several teeth, you don’t need to have an implant in every empty space. One or two implants can support a dental bridge. Dr. Mekawy places crowns on the teeth either side of the gap to hold the bridge in place, while an implant keeps the structure secure.
If you've lost all your teeth, implants can support an entire arch of permanent dentures. Dr. Mekawy places 4-6 implants per arch.
You can have implants even with removable dentures. Implants ease pressure on the jawbone surface by transferring it to the bone structure. It makes removable dentures feel more secure and comfortable.
Dr. Mekawy has years of experience in placing implants. She describes each option available to you and recommends the one most appropriate to your needs.
Dental implant surgery takes several stages over several months. At the first appointment, Dr. Mekawy places the implant or implants into your jawbone. The bone heals around the implant in 3-6 months. During this time, you have a temporary crown so you can continue to speak, eat, and maintain your appearance.
Once your mouth heals, Dr. Mekawy fits an abutment — the base on which your permanent artificial tooth will sit. She then takes a mold so that the restoration fits the abutment perfectly. Once the new tooth is complete, you return for a final fitting.
Implants transform a smile. Give your confidence a boost. Call Island Smile Dental Group today to make an appointment or inquire through the web form.