Dental Implants

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth and you don’t want to wear dentures, dental implants can restore your smile as well as your chewing, speaking, and biting abilities. At Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs, in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team regularly prescribe dental implants to restore their patients’ smiles. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental implants, request an appointment today by calling the office.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots. If you’re missing one, several, or all of your permanent teeth, dental implants can restore your smile to its near-original condition.

During dental implant surgery, an oral surgeon places a series of small metal posts into the sockets of your missing teeth. Following surgery, you return home and allow your gums to heal. During this time, your bone grows around each implant, fusing them to your jaw. 

The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs also offers All-on-4® dental implants. All-on-4 implants can restore all of the missing teeth in your upper or lower arch using just four implants. 

Dental implants are incredibly versatile. Depending on your individual needs, they can hold crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.

What are some advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants provide an array of advantages, including:

  • Easier eating
  • Improved oral health
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Durability 
  • Convenience

Dental implants also prevent bone loss and improve your aesthetic appearance. If you’re missing teeth, the skin around your mouth tends to wrinkle and sag. 

Your remaining teeth can also shift around and/or move out of place. Dental implants prevent these issues from happening altogether.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

To receive dental implants, you need healthy gums and enough jaw volume to hold each post. If you have gum disease or a weak jaw, your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs provider might recommend periodontal treatment, a sinus lift, or bone graft before moving forward. 

If you have a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, make sure to bring this up with your dentist as well. These issues won’t necessarily disqualify you from receiving dental implants, but they do increase your risk of potential complications. 

The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs works with you to develop a treatment plan that best aligns with your individual needs.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs doesn’t perform dental implant surgery themselves, but they work with implant surgeons in the area to coordinate care for their patients. 

If you have healthy gums and plenty of bone to hold dental implants, the team moves forward with treatment and schedules an appointment for oral surgery with a trusted implant surgeon.

Prior to placing implants, your surgeon administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. Once the anesthesia kicks in, they place a series of small metal posts into the sockets of your missing teeth. 

Following surgery, you return home and recover for 3-4 months. During this time, your bone tissue grows around each implant, holding them in place.

After your gums finish healing, you return to Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs. During this appointment, your dentist takes impressions of your remaining teeth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your crown, bridge, or dentures.

When your prosthesis is ready, you return to the office, and your Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs dentist attaches it to your implant. You leave the office with a healthy, confident smile.

What if I damage my dental implants?

Dental implants are incredibly tough, but they aren’t invincible. If you crack, chip, or damage your prosthesis, the team offers restoration. This process restores any damage to your crown, bridge, or implant-supported dentures quickly and efficiently.

Don’t let missing teeth negatively affect your confidence. To learn more about dental implants, make an appointment at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs by calling the office today.