Traditional bridges and dentures are trusted solutions for treating missing teeth. But these options leave you vulnerable to bone resorption, which can threaten your oral health.
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed in the jaw that can protect your health and last for a lifetime.
Why should I choose the team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist to restore my smile?
Dental implants at our Staten Island dental office are the most dependable and stable way to restore function, health, and radiance to a smile affected by missing teeth. The support and strength that dental implants provide simply cannot be matched by other dental restorations. If you are looking for a way to regain your confidence, restore your oral health, and return beauty your smile, then dental implants may be the optimal treatment for you! Dr. Alex Hecht has been placing and restoring dental implants for well over three decades, and is why he is regarded across the country as an authority in fields of implant and restorative dentistry. With his years of experience, dedication to detail, and eye for artistry, Dr. Hecht can help you achieve the youthful, beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams. We can walk you through the entire treatment timeline during a visit to our office.
Video: About Dental Implants
Drs. Jason and Alex Hecht offer a variety of dental implants, from single-tooth implants to All-on-4 dental implants, which support a full set of teeth on just four implants. A full arch of teeth can be made on more implants as well, sometimes as many as 8. Drs. Hecht are able to provide dental implant surgery and dental restorations at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist. Dental implants restore stability and functionality to patients' smiles.View More
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to replace missing or extensively damaged teeth. At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we always take the most conservative approach possible when providing treatment for the teeth, jawbone, and gums; if your damaged teeth can be salvaged, then we will explore alternatives to dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts that act as artificial roots for prosthetic teeth. The titanium screws are surgically implanted into your jaw, where they will fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Because the comfort of our patients is one of our highest priorities, we offer sedation dentistry to ensure that the implantation process is free from pain and anxiety.
What Sets Us Apart
While most dentists in the area refer patients to oral surgeons for the surgical stage of the dental implant procedure, our dentists are certified in both the surgical and restoration phases of implant dentistry. Our dental team believes that every patient’s time and schedule are important, which is why all of our treatments are conveniently performed in-office.
Our office also features state-of-the-art diagnostic systems, including a CT scan machine that allows us to capture detailed images of your smile and helps us to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist is one of the very few dental practices to own and use this invaluable diagnostic tool.
Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht also place an emphasis on patient education, doing whatever they can to guide patients toward a healthy, hygienic lifestyle that will allow them to maintain their beautiful new smiles for a lifetime.
"I’ve had false teeth for quite a few years. My gums had started to shrink, So I went to Dr. Hecht and he told me I needed implants, that it’s the best thing for me right now. He said if I want to eat an apple or eat the things I want into my old age, implants are the way to do it. So I came, and had them put in and I absolutely love them. I can eat all the things I want to eat now. It is very comfortable to eat. I love Dr. Hecht, he did a very good job. The staff is very nice, it is always a pleasant experience coming here. I am very happy I had it done!" - Dorothy P., Staten Island
What to Expect During Surgery
If your jawbone isn’t sufficiently dense to support dental implants, Dr. Hecht may need to perform a bone grafting procedure prior to your implantation procedure. Grafting helps to create the support you need within your jawbone in order for a dental implant to be installed. Our Staten Island dentists remove a piece of bone from another region in your jaw or body and transplant it to your jaw. Patients who have appropriate jawbone density will be able to bypass this stage and proceed immediately with dental implant surgery.
Dr. Hecht commences the implant procedure by cutting into the gums to expose the jawbone. At this point, a pilot hole is drilled into the bone to mark where the dental implant will be screwed into place. While your implant heals into place, a process that requires several months, patients wear temporary prosthetics so that their mouths can function properly. Once the implant or implants have fused with the jawbone, our doctors attach a durable, natural-looking restoration, such as a dental crown, bridge, or even a full set of dentures. The Prettau® Zirconia Bridge is an increasingly popular restoration choice for our dental implants patients.
Understanding Treatment Cost
Your dental implant cost will depend on several different factors. These include the number of implants you require, as well as any necessary preparatory treatments. Initially, dental implants carry a higher price tag than other restorative treatments, but they offer important benefits for your overall health and can prevent other problems. Most dental implant patients find that the investment and in many cases, lengthy treatment timeline, is more than justified by the often life-changing benefits.
When planning your implant surgery, your dentist will consider your health needs and personal preferences. Based on your specific surgical plan, he can provide an estimate for your care. The total cost will depend on:
- Preparatory procedures: Depending on how long you have been missing teeth, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift before you can receive dental implants. These surgeries will replace lost jawbone tissue, providing a more secure base for your dental implants and ensuring long-lasting results. These other surgeries will increase the overall cost of treatment.
- Number of implants: The more teeth you are missing, the more implant posts you will require. Dental implants are priced separately, so this will affect the cost of your care.
- Type of restoration: Larger restorations, such as a bridge or denture, will cost more than a single crown. If you choose a more advanced option, such as the Prettau Bridge® or Teeth Tomorrow®, your treatment may cost more.
- Sedation method: Before implant surgery, we can provide local anesthesia or a deeper form of sedation. The different sedation methods have varying costs.
- Your choice of surgeon: A surgeon's experience is almost always proportionate to the price he or she charges. While an experienced surgeon may charge more, he or she is also more likely to provide excellent results than a less experienced surgeon.
Dental Implants Are an Investment in Your Future
When you are determining whether dental implants are worth the investment, it is important to remember their many advantages. Not only do implant-supported restorations serve a practical purpose by replacing your missing teeth, they also have cosmetic benefits. Your restoration will attach to implant posts and sit directly against your gums. It will also not slip out of place, remaining firmly anchored to your jaw. This stability can also benefit your confidence.
A surgeon's experience is almost always proportionate to the price he or she charges. While an experienced surgeon may charge more, he or she is also more likely to provide excellent results than a less experienced surgeon.
The Cost of Untreated Tooth Loss
You may be tempted to delay your restorative care, especially if you are missing molars, which are less visible than front teeth. However, delaying treatment can have serious consequences for your long-term health. You may also require more costly procedures in the future. When you have gaps in your dental arches, your teeth can shift out of place. Accordingly, you could eventually develop severely crooked teeth or an imbalanced bite. Missing tooth roots will also cause the jawbone to shrink. As the bone recedes, you could lose additional teeth. Your overall facial structure could also change. Replacing your roots with dental implants, however, will stimulate tissue growth and protect your natural jaw contours.
Contact Us Today!
We encourage you to contact us and learn more about the restorative dentistry services that we offer at our Staten Island dental facility. You deserve to have a beautiful, healthy smile that inspires confidence, and we can help you achieve precisely that.