Dental Implants in Commack, Smithtown & Suffolk County, NY
Dental implants provide a permanent replacement option for one or more missing teeth. The implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed and supports prosthetic teeth to improve the appearance and function of your smile. We provide implant dentistry to our patients in Commack, NY, Smithtown, NY, and Suffolk County, NY.
The dental implant is surgically placed in the bone under the gums. As it heals, the implant fuses to the jaw bone, creating a permanent anchor. After healing, a dental crown is placed on the implant for a permanent solution to the missing tooth. This process can take six months or more, but the function is the same as your natural tooth, so you will be able to eat, speak, and smile normally.
When you have the implant placed in the gums, it is common to have some pain and swelling immediately after the procedure. Pain and inflammation are addressed with either over the counter medications or prescriptions for either codeine or hydrocodone. You will need to eat soft foods during the initial healing process, which lasts about two weeks.
The need to replace missing teeth has occurred throughout human history, with ancient Mayans and Egyptians experimenting with implanting artificial teeth. The titanium implant was developed in the 1950s and more than three million people in the United States now have dental implants.
The best candidates for implants are people with decayed, broken or missing teeth and enough bone and gum tissue to support the implant. Only a qualified dentist can determine if this is the right option for you. We offer consultations for you to have your smile evaluated and learn about the treatment options that are available for you. Please contact our office at 631-462-2810 for an appointment and more information about the services we provide in Commack, NY, Smithtown, NY, and Suffolk County, NY.
Dental veneers, or laminates, are used to correct several different problems. Veneers can improve the appearance of badly discolored, broken, chipped, or misshapen teeth. The veneer is a thin shell that is made of either resin or porcelain and bonded to the tooth’s surface to create the appearance of natural teeth. Our cosmetic dentist provides veneers for our patients in Suffolk County, NY, Commack, NY, and Smithtown, NY.
This treatment provides a conservative approach for a smile makeover and is popular among everyone from average people to celebrities in Hollywood. If you want a beautiful and natural looking smile, dental veneers offer an affordable solution to damaged and discolored teeth.
Common Questions about Veneers
Will laminates help my teeth?
If you want an alternative to caps or crowns and have problems, such as broken chipped teeth or problems with the shape or alignment of the teeth, this may be the right treatment for you. Every smile is unique, so you should have your teeth evaluated by your cosmetic dentist to determine if this is the right procedure for you.
How difficult is the treatment?
The surface of the teeth must be prepared before laminates are set in place to ensure proper bonding. The procedure begins with local anesthetic and the dentist then buffs the surface of the teeth. A mold is created and used to make custom veneers to fit your teeth. During the second visit, the veneers will be fitted and bonded to your natural teeth.
What do I have to do to care for laminates?
You will use the same home care as with your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing. After the teeth are prepared, but before the veneers are placed, it is common to experience some tooth sensitivity, but this will go away after the second visit. You should clean your teeth and visit the dentist regularly to keep your veneers looking great.