Dental Implants Specialist

Bell Family Dental PC

Family Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Bayside, NY

Do you hide your smile because of missing or broken teeth? Do you avoid wearing your dentures because they just don’t feel comfortable? Dental implants offer a natural-looking solution that functions exactly like your original teeth. Frank Pappas, DDS, Dean H. Cherpelis, DDS, and the caring team at Bell Family Dental PC, located in Bayside Queens, create dental implants that can last a lifetime. To schedule a consultation for dental implants by calling the New York City practice today or requesting an appointment online.

Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants restore missing or severely damaged teeth. Out of all the options for tooth restoration, implants look and feel the most natural. They’re also the most durable and long-lasting option to replace your original teeth.

Dental implants can last a lifetime if you take good care of them. They restore your ability to chew and speak correctly, and they can enhance the shape of your face and beautify your smile.

Your experienced dentist at Bell Family Dental PC may also recommend dental implants to anchor a bridge or removable dentures.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If your jaw has finished growing and you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants could address your needs. You also need to be in good health overall, have enough remaining jawbone to anchor the implant post, and make a solid commitment to good at-home care and regular dental visits once you have your implants.

A few things can rule out candidacy for dental implants, such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Certain types of chronic conditions

A comprehensive consultation with an expert at Bell Family Dental PC can determine your candidacy for dental implants. This may include digital X-rays, CT scans, and other diagnostic imaging techniques.

What is involved in dental implants?

Before your dentist begins the implant process, they must address ongoing oral health issues, such as tooth decay or gum disease. They may also need to remove existing teeth from your mouth. If you’ve lost bone in your jaw, you might need to have a bone graft before your implant procedure.

The first step in the process involves drilling a hole in your jawbone and placing a metal post within the hole. Over the next several months, your jawbone heals around this post, fusing it within the bone tissue. Once your posts have healed, your dentist uses an attachment post to affix a crown, or artificial tooth, to the implant post. 

To find out if dental implants can make eating and talking easier and give your smile a fresh new appearance, don’t wait to schedule a consultation with a skilled dentist at Bell Family Dental PC. Call the office today or request an appointment online.