Dental Implants New York

Rebuilding Your Smile with Sturdy Implants

Dental implants provide a better quality of life for people with missing teeth, serving as one step to improving oral health. This popular procedure can replace ill-fitting dentures with a more permanent, effective, and beneficial solution many dentists trust and support. Lux Smiles helps patients improve their confidence and happiness by providing a smile that can last a lifetime with dental implants in New York.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental patient at a consultation for dental implants in New York

Some patients require just one replacement tooth, while others will receive a complete set of teeth. Regardless, there are many positives to obtaining dental implants, and the recovery process is more manageable with prescription pain medications. Some of the significant advantages include:

  • Combat bone loss by stimulating tooth roots in the jawbone
  • Natural-looking and beautiful appearance of teeth
  • Increased confidence levels with a lovely smile
  • Most successful tooth replacement option
  • Requires no adhesive application
  • Ability to eat any foods the patient desires
  • No difficulty speaking

While Lux Smiles recognizes the significance of dental implants, some people are at greater risk for complications due to poor oral hygiene, being immunocompromised or diabetic, receiving radiation therapy treatments, and tobacco use.

Understanding The 3 Stages of Dental Implant Treatment

Illustrated dental crown being placed onto a dental implant

Dental implant treatment can take between 6-12 months depending on the patient and involves a few different treatment stages. If you’re wondering what to expect, here’s a breakdown of what happens when you get dental implants in New York from Lux Smiles.

  • Dental implant surgery – Once you’re approved for implants, Dr. Anthony Leonetti will create your treatment plan and then set up your dental implant surgery. Before your treatment begins, our team will clean and numb your mouth. Then, Dr. Leonetti will create an opening in your gums and jawbone. A small metal implant will be placed in this area. Dental implants are made of titanium and are screw-shaped to ensure that they can attach tightly to your jawbone. Once your dental implant is in place, Dr. Leonetti will clean and suture the area. He will repeat this process if you’re getting multiple dental implants.
  • Healing and osseointegration – Once your dental implants are done, you’ll be sent home to heal and recover. It will take about 1-2 weeks to heal from your initial dental implant surgery. Dr. Leonetti will give you some instructions to follow as you heal. Make sure to adhere to these steps for a fast, pain-free recovery process. After about two weeks, your mouth will feel pretty much normal. However, it will usually take between 3-6 months for your dental implants to fully bond with your jawbone. This is a process called “osseointegration.” During this time, you’ll come back to our office for a few checkups so that we can check on your progress and start building your dental implant restoration.
  • Implant restoration placement – Once your mouth has fully healed, you’ll come back for a quick treatment to get an “abutment” placed on your dental implant post. This is a small piece of metal that allows your dental implant post to connect to a restoration, such as a dental crown. Then, once your mouth heals, you’ll come back to Lux Smiles. At your last appointment, Dr. Leonetti will begin by checking the fit of your dental crown or other implant restoration, ensuring that it fits into your mouth perfectly. If everything looks good, he will bond the restoration to your dental implant permanently. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly restored smile.

Getting a dental implant does take a while, but it’s worth the investment. Dental implants last longer than any other type of false tooth, and they look and feel completely natural. For more information about what to expect from the dental implant treatment process, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Leonetti and the team at Lux Smiles.

Are Same-Day Dental Implants Possible?

Doctor Leonetti smiling at a dental patient

Yes, in some cases, but it depends on the health of a patient’s bone structure. Eligible candidates will receive what is also known as immediate implant placement, while others who do not qualify receive delayed implant placement. This delay can occur between three to six months after the extraction appointment and often is because the bone needs to rebuild or a severe infection is present.

You can determine if you will need to have immediate or delayed implant placement following your initial dental implant consultation appointment.

Dental Implants vs. Bridges

Illustrated dental bridge replacing a missing tooth

Traditional bridges involve reshaping healthy teeth to make room for and anchor a new bridge. Flossing is difficult with bridges, and bridge pressure sometimes results in gaps that allow bacteria and decay to get through. Dental implant patients experience fewer issues than those with bridges.

Dental Implants vs. Removable Dentures

Hand holding a full denture

Dental implants are so effective that dentists can install them to support dentures or overdentures. Missing teeth contribute to bone loss which only worsens with ill-fitting dentures that shift and shuffle. Dental implants stop bone loss and do not slide around loosely.

Unfortunately, complete dentures can cause people to gag and have trouble speaking clearly and confidently, but implants never cause this.

Caring for Your Dental Implants

Woman brushing her teeth

Once dentists place implants into the patient’s mouth, the work is not necessarily over. It is up to the patient to invest in their oral health by regularly brushing and flossing. An artificial tooth requires the same careful maintenance as a regular tooth, so it needs daily cleaning and attention.

Neglecting these crucial aftercare tasks can cause jaw swelling, pain, a receding jawbone, and idle bacteria.

Will I Feel Pain When I Get a Dental Implant?

Woman looking at her smile in a mirror

No. During the dental implant process, you will not feel any pain or discomfort at all. Dental implants are actually much less invasive than some other comparable treatments like tooth extractions and cause minimal trauma to your gums and jawbone.

At Lux Smiles, we use the latest surgical techniques to ensure that we can provide minimally invasive dental implant treatment in NYC. During your treatment, Dr. Leonetti will also carefully numb your mouth to ensure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. We also offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) for patients who may need a little more help feeling safe, calm, and comfortable during their dental implant surgery at Lux Smiles.

After your appointment at Lux Smiles, your sedation and numbing will wear off, and you may experience a bit of pain and discomfort. This is completely normal. Dr. Leonetti will provide you with instructions on how to care for your smile and minimize discomfort as you heal.

Icing the area, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and other such steps can help you feel better after your implant surgery. Most patients will feel minimal discomfort, which will go away within just a few days.

How Long Does It Take to Fully Recover from Dental Implant Surgery?

Dentist showing a model of a dental implant to a patient

Most patients will need about two weeks to fully recover from dental implant surgery. However, it’s usually possible to get back to your daily routine within just a day after your dental implant placement surgery in New York City. That means you don’t have to worry about any significant downtime and can get back to work or school right away.

During your recovery period, you’ll need to follow some instructions provided to you by Dr. Leonetti. For example, you’ll need to avoid brushing the implant directly for a while, eat a diet of mostly soft foods, and avoid heavy exercise for at least a few days. You should also not smoke for at least a week. Ideally, you should quit smoking altogether.

Your mouth will be almost fully healed within two weeks, and you should be able to get back to eating all of your favorite foods by then. At this time, you may also need to come back to Lux Smiles for a consultation with Dr. Leonetti. He’ll check on your recovery progress and make sure that everything looks good.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental team member talking on the phone

Unfortunately, the answer is typically “no.” The vast majority of dental insurance plans will not cover the cost of dental implants, so you may need to pay for most of your procedure out of pocket. If you want to check your coverage, we recommend contacting your insurer or looking at your policy documents. While insurers don’t cover the cost of implants, they may pay toward other necessary preparatory treatments like tooth extractions.

Even if your insurance doesn’t cover a dental implant, though, it’s worth investing in permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants last longer, look and feel more natural, and are a superior overall choice compared to all other methods of tooth replacement.

At Lux Smiles, Dr. Leonetti and our team never want the cost of dental care to stop you from getting the treatment you need. That’s why we offer a variety of financing plans for our dental patients in the Flatiron District, NoHo, and the nearby areas. You can split the cost of your treatment into monthly payments, restore your smile, and pay for your dental implants over time.