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Dr. Victor Terranova offers free dental implant consultations for patients looking for dental implant in Queens and surrounding areas. Dr. Victor Terranova has placed thousands of dental implants throughout his career and is the dental implant surgeon for a number of Queens dental offices. If you are looking for dental implants we offer free consultations. Click here to get a free appointment.

Astoria, Queens Dental Implant surgeon Victor Terranova, DMD, MS, PHD answers all your questions about dental implants.

OPTIONS FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS IN QUEENS - SINGLE AND MULTIPLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT.


If you are worried about your smile, are missing a few teeth, don’t want to get a bridge done or may have trouble chewing due to loss of teeth then the time may have come for you to consider dental implants. Dental Implants have revolutionized how people smile and live as millions of Americans each year choose to have dental implants. The most common form of dental implants is SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT, but we also do MULTIPLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT. This is performed using a process known as osseo-integration, whereby titanium becomes fused to the bone. The dentist places the dental implant on the lower or upper jaw. In some instances the dentist may place multiple dental implants, placing small titanium screws into the bone.

We also have the ability to give the patient a bridge using dental implants. This bridge is a restorative bridge used to replace many missing teeth. There are two types: fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures. Fixed bridges are cemented in and cannot be removed. Partial dentures can be removed at night for cleaning.

Queens Dental Implant Dentist Victor Terranova, DMD, MS, PhD. discusses who is a possible candidate for dental implants.



Most patients are possible candidates for dental implants no matter what age they are. If the patients are in good health there is a high chance that they are a candidate, however some people who are medically compromised  cannot have dental implant surgery. 

Patients may have had such excessive bone loss that it would be either impossible or too risky to perform a bone graft. Patients that smoke must accept the fact that dental implant surgery may not be that effective for them.Dental Implant Candidate

Dental Implants are a highly successful treatment option for the right candidate. For a suitable dental implant candidate, the success rate of a successful  dentalimplants procedure is about 94%, and can be as high as 97%. However there are several factors that could  influence your suitability:

- There is not sufficient bone in the area.
- Gum disease is present
- The patient has bite complications
- The patient may have poor health or compromised immune system
- The amount of tobacco they smoke could adversely affect the outcome

While the above conditions will not prevent you from getting a dental implant, they may delay your dental implant procedure until they are remedied. Some patients with poor bone mass may require bone grafts, in order to receive dental implants. Patients with gum disease will first be treated before undergoing an implant procedure. 

If you have significant bone loss the dentist may perform bone grafting surgery in order to build up bone mass so dental implant surgery may take place. You may have to wait up to six months from when the bone graft was performed. 

The drawback of losing a tooth is that the patient will experience 25% bone loss across the ridge in the first year. This is because the jawbone begins to degrade as your body begins to remove bone tissue that is no longer necessary. This will cause your other teeth to shift and they will move into the gap, causing your bite to change. It is therefore imperative for  patients that as soon as they lose a tooth they should get a dental implant to reduce the risk of bone resorption.

In most cases a patient can receive a dental implant as long as they are committed to the process. This may include the cessation of smoking, changing medications and overcoming periodontal disease.Dental Implant ConsultationWe understand that each patient has specific needs and that we may not have discussed all the issues that concern you regarding the dental implant procedure. 

You can contact our staff today to setup at our Astoria office a  dental implant consultation with Dr Victor Terranova on 718-626-1050.

If you are missing teeth the time to get treatment is now. When we  place dental implants they become a life changing experience for most of our patients.

Dental Implants Versus Dentures

The problems that denture wearers experience with dentures.Removable false teeth also known as dentures have been the first option to replacing lost teeth for many years.

This option  has been extremely helpful for many adults with missing teeth throughout the US,due to the fact that they have now become more advanced and less noticeable as dentures. Dentures however are far from a perfect solution for missing teeth and present their own problems often causing damage to a patient’s gums through their continued use.

Dentures have to  be held in place with paste or adhesive dental glue which can be a time consuming and tiresome and embarrasing process that must be repeated continually each time the dentures are removed.

Not only is it a tricky process to secure the dentures initially but the  adhesives used  are not always reliable. This can cause the patients dentures  to slip and move around. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable when a patient is speaking or eating.

The lower dentures are more prone to this  and through time can cause gum irritation and sores due to the rubbing process over time. Lastly, dentures require a huge amount  of maintenance and cleaning in order to keep them clean. They must also  be replaced when they wear out over time.

Dangers of Dentures and why dental implants are better

Older patients - with or without dentures - have higher bacterial counts in their mouths
For patients who suffer from dry mouth, contaminated dentures pose potential health risks
Partial and full acrylic dentures have surface pores - Some might wonder if this is really a cause for concern. After all, everyone’s mouth is filled with germs, thus we get morning breath. But research has isolated Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus mutans, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and hundreds of other garden-variety germs in acrylic dentures.


What types of dental implants are available to me?

There are 4 main types of dental implants. There are
- single tooth dental implants,
- multiple tooth dental implants
- combinations of fixed and removable bridgework
- overdentures 


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DENTAL IMPLANT VS. DENTURES PROS AND CONS

Many  people who are used to wearing dentures are skeptical of choosing an alternative to dentures. For most patients once they receive dental implants they quickly realize, the benefits of dental implants far outweigh the benefits of dentures.

BENEFITS OF DENTAL  IMPLANTS INCLUDE:

The dental implants are placed securely into the jawbone with no slippage or movement.
The dental implants are easy to maintain and are low maintenance.
Dental implants are a lot more comfortable.
Dental implants are a permanent solution - They should last 20 years to life with proper maintenance.
Dental Implants have the Look and function of natural teeth.
Dental Implants prevent bone loss and encourage bone growth around the titanium implant.
Dental Implants  prevent gum and bone deterioration, jawbone recession, and facial collapse.


THE DRAWBACKS OF WEARING  DENTURES:

DUE TO ADHESIVES the bond created is weak  causing slippage and movement
They can cause problems with speech
They can cause problems with mastication (chewing)
Patients complain of discomfort, irritation and sores
They require regular cleaning
Eventually  they will have to be replaced
They present no ability to preserve the bone
Dentures can cause an increase in  jawbone recession and facial collapse Ready to say goodbye to dentures? If you are a denture wearer and are looking to change the way you eat, smile and feel then make an appointment today to discuss dental implants.

Implant Retained Removable Dentures

Implant Retained Removable Dentures - An affordable alternative to traditional dental implants.Implant Retained Dentures are now within the financial reach of many patients who have experienced extreme tooth loss and are looking for a new solutions that offer different results from traditional dentures. The exact price that it will cost will be given by Dr Terranova but will firstly require a consultation and the preparation of a treatment plan.

Implant Retained Removable Dentures offer the following benefits to the patient:

- Improved self esteem and confidence
- The dentures are stable during eating
- Bone is preserved due to bone growth around the implants
- Gum tissue and shrinkage is decreased
- More hygienic since no food particles travels under denture
- Looks like real teeth
- Patients overall health is increased with dental implants due to no dietary restrictions

Dental Implant retained removable dentures basically snap in and you can have a partial or full set of dentures. They are composed of a plastic base that hold the artificial teeth on the frame. Implant retained dentures look natural and eliminate the problems associated with regular dentures including the ability to converse properly, to eat what you want without movement and better overall hygiene. Due to the fact that there are implant in your jawbone holding them in place it there is the benefit of bone growth around the implants. Therefore overall the patient experiences less bone loss and has minimized the loss of facial structure.

What is the procedure for Implant Retained Dentures?

During the Initial consultation before the dentist performs any work Dr. Terranova will review your individual case by analyzing your medical and dental records. He will then take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and gums and may perform a CT scan in order to ascertain the amount of bone you have available in which to place the dental implants. With these impressions the dentist will make models of your teeth structure and these will help with the temporary dentures that will be placed. Then the surgeon will make an incision  into your gums and place the implants into the jawbone. Once the implants have been placed he will stitch up the incision. Dr. Terranova will then place a temporary denture in a way  that no direct pressure will be exerted onto the implants.

The 2nd Procedure

During the second procedure which will normally be 5-6 months for the upper jaw or 3-4 months for teh lower jaw. During this period the bone and the implants will become fused in the process known as osseo-integration.  At this point the surgeon will ascertain whether the implants have become fused. By taking an x-ray. During this  procedure Dr. Terranova will make a small incision into the gum to expose so that the tops of the implants are exposed.Once he is certain that the implants have become fused with the bone he will schedule the second procedure.

Dr. Terrnaova will then  confirm whether the implant is ready to have second procedure done by taking an X-ray.

This surgery is a  lot more simple than the first surgery. Dr. Terranova will make  a small incision in your gum that will  expose the tops parts of the implants. On top of this he places a round piece of metal- this is known as a healing cap that is placed onto the head of the exposed implant.
This healing cap is  used to hold the gums separate from the implant head for 10-14 days. Dr. Terrnaova will then adjust the temporary denture. The healing caps are then  replaced with regular abutments about two weeks your  second procedure.

By now the patient’s  gums will have healed and Dr. Terranova can take impressions of your gum tissue and the abutments. He uses the  model of your jaw and abutments  to fabricate the permanent denture.Trying the denture At this final stage which is normally  in month 5 or 7 – you will have the initial try-in of the new denture. Dr. Terranova will place the metal bar on the abutments making sure that it  fits together with the dental framework.

Then the artificial teeth are temporarily placed on the framework in wax. Once everything fits correctly – with the whole denture tried in your mouth – the teeth would then be permanently lodged in the denture framework.

Depending on the type of implant-supported denture you have selected, Then either the ball or bar attachments will be secured at this time depending on the type of implant-supported denture that you have selected.

Dr. Terranova  will then  have you return for another visit to insert the completed denture. The denture may either be snapped into the ball attachments or clipped onto the bar.

Implant Retained Dentures - F. A. Q.

What is the time frame for  the implant-retained denture procedure take and what steps does it involve?

There are different types of implant retained denture treatments all with different time frames and slightly different procedures. Normally a standard implant treatment would require two procedures: During the first one  the implants are placed into the jawbone. During the second one which involves  exposing the top of the implants the implant-supported denture will be fixed to may be affixed to the tops of the dental implants.  The second procedure is usually performed around  3 to 6 months after the initial procedure. Sometimes it is also possible to implement a one-stage procedure. During the one step procedure the implants as well as supporting bar are both  placed in a single procedure. Both of these types of treatments have healthy success rate.

Where will the  dental implants be placed?

Dr Terranova will place the dental implants into  the area of the jawbone with a higher bone mass – this is usually at the front of your mouth. Another reason for the front jaw is also because  it does not have many nerve endings that can complicate the placing of the implant. The amount of  time it will take  to complete the treatment can depend on several  factors.

These can  include:

Number of Dental Implants - The number of dental implants that Dr.Terranova determines that you will need can affect the total cost of your treatment significantly. If you are restoring just a single damaged tooth with an implant-supported dental crown, the cost will time will be less than if you are receiving a bridge or full denture.

Preparatory Procedures for dental implants - Dr.Terranova may determine that you may need to undertake additional procedures before you can become eligible for dental implants. If the patient suffers from decay or periodontal disease, then they will need to be treated for these conditions before receiving implants. The patient may also lack sufficient jawbone density that will support the titanium implants therefore they may require bone grafting in order to strengthen their jaw.

Will the human body ever reject a dental implant?

It is very rarely that a patients body will reject a dental implant. The only incidences seen in dental implant dentistry are when a patients body will reject the titanium due to rare allergies. However other reasons for the failure of an implant are due to the patients care after the implant surgery. This is why regular and proper oral hygiene is very important as without this a patients regular teeth will fail and similarly dental implants can fail also. It is very important therefore that even with implants a patient must take care of their teeth and gums. This way they can prevent gum decay and damage to their teeth.

Will people be able to notice that I have had a dental implant?

Nobody will be able to tell you have had a dental implant, even yourself apart from the fact that you will know which tooth has been replaced. Dental implants look and feel completely natural in the patient’s mouth. The exact color of your present teeth will be made to match the exact shape and color of the implant.

How long can dental implants last?

If you take care of your regular teeth properly then dental implants can last a lifetime provided that you brush, floss and follow all the reccomendations that Dr. Terranova gives you. An oral surgeon cannot guarantee that they will last for 40 years but if you follow the proper guidelines and floss and clean your teeth regularly as well as eat a balanced diet then you are giving your dental implants the best chance possible.

What are the chances of dental implant failure?

The standard success rate for dental implants is about 95%. Dr. Terranova has had in the past higher success rates but believes that you should always visit and experienced oral surgeon.

When should a patient decide to get an dental implant?

If the patient has a missing tooth and is concerned about their ability to chew and the possibility of bone loss in that area then they should make an appointment as soon as possible with the dentist. This is important to do sooner rather than later as the bone will wear down over time and this will leave a weaker structure onto which a dental implant may be placed. Patients who leave a long time between having a tooth removed and receiving a dental implant will experience bone loss across the ridge and will most likely require bone grafts before receiving a dental implant. The time to replace a missing tooth is when it is removed before any bone loss takes place.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you lose the tooth. The implant’s success depends on the strength of the jawbone. Over time, the bone wears down and decays, leaving a weaker structure on which to affix the implant. Eventually, patients may require bone grafts before they can undergo placement of a dental implant. Avoid this painful and lengthy process by consulting your dentist as soon as possible after the tooth falls out.


Looking for the correct dental surgeon to place your dental implant? - Why research is important!

If you are looking for a dental implant specialist in Queens then you have come to the right place. Dr. Victor Terranova is not only and oral surgeon operating in Astoria but also a periodontist. For nearly 35 years he has successfully placed thousands of dental implants having done a number of dental implant procedures each week. He has an astounding reputation in the New York dental community and offers free consultations for those looking for a dental implant or advice on oral surgery. Call today at 718-626-1050. Astoria, Queens Dental Implant surgeon Victor Terranova, DMD, MS, PHD answers all your questions about dental implants.

If you are worried about your smile, are missing a few teeth, don’t want to get a bridge done or may have trouble chewing due to loss of teeth then the time may have come for you to consider dental implants. Dental Implants have revolutionized how people smile and live as millions of Americans each year choose to have dental implants. The most common form of dental implants is SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT, but we also do MULTIPLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT. This is performed using a process known as osseo-integration, whereby titanium becomes fused to the bone. The dentist places the dental implant on the lower or upper jaw. In some instances the dentist may place multiple dental implants, placing small titanium screws into the bone.

We also have the ability to give the patient a bridge using dental implants. This bridge is a restorative bridge used to replace many missing teeth. There are two types: fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures. Fixed bridges are cemented in and cannot be removed. Partial dentures can be removed at night for cleaning.

Dental Implants - Changing your smile forever

If you are worried about your smile, are missing a few teeth, don’t want to get a bridge done or may have trouble chewing due to loss of teeth then the time may have come for you to consider dental implants. Dental Implants have revolutionized how people smile and live as millions of Americans each year choose to have dental implants. The most common form of dental implants is SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT, but we also do MULTIPLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT. This is performed using a process known as osseo-integration, whereby titanium becomes fused to the bone. The dentist places the dental implant on the lower or upper jaw. In some instances the dentist may place multiple dental implants, placing small titanium screws into the bone.

We also have the ability to give the patient a bridge using dental implants. This bridge is a restorative bridge used to replace many missing teeth. There are two types: fixed partial dentures and removable partial dentures. Fixed bridges are cemented in and cannot be removed. Partial dentures can be removed at night for cleaning.

"Astoria dental implant dentist Victor Terranova, DMD, MS, PhD. has been giving dental implants to patients for years and changing their smiles forever."

When patients lose teeth and have a space the most effective way of replacing that tooth is to surgically replace it with a dental implant. Dental implants have been around since the 1950’s when Leonard Linkow was one of the first to insert actual titanium into the jawbone. The artificial teeth were then attached to the pieces of metal. Another pioneer in the mid 1960’s was a man with a cleft palate and who had jaw deformities with no teeth in his lower jaw. The operation gave the patient four titanium implants that he used until his death 40 years later. During the process of fitting these dental implants both of these pioneers founds that this was possible due to the process of osseo-integration - the process of fusing titanium to bone. Once this process has occurred and the implant is fixed firmly in place the dentist will then place a cap or crown on top of the post. The implant just replaces the root. This is usually covered for a few months with a temporary cap. Once it has fused in place and been confirmed by the dentist he will then place the cap on top.

What is the reason that dentists advise patients to get dental implants?

Unfortunately when you lose a tooth this can cause a number of problems for the patient, some obvious and some not so obvious. Firstly if you are missing one of your front teeth this may change the way you look and unfortunately nobody likes to see a missing tooth. The other issues are that if you are missing more than one tooth in the same area it can cause difficulties with chewing and eating and there is a risk of bone loss in the area where the missing tooth is. Bone loss will cause the teeth to move and can cause loss of definition in facial structure. 

The benefit of dental implants is that patients who have replaced the gaps in their teeth with dental implants feel a lot more confident, can be in social situations and are not afraid to smile and having more confidence about them. They are also able to eat the foods that they used to eat when they were younger.


Some questions to ask your dentist who you are considering for dental implants. 

1) How many years has your dentist   been placing dental implants?
2) Approximately how many dental  implants will your dentist perform a year?
3) What dental implant  training has your dentist had in dental implants?
4) Is there a list continuing education courses  your dentist has undertaken in the past 24 months on dental implants
5) Does dentist offer a comprehensive initial examination prior to diagnosis and treatment of dental implants?
6) Does your implant specialist show you before and after photos of cases on dental implants so that you can evaluate their expertise. 
7) What brand of dental implants will your dentist use?




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What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants can in some cases be placed immediately after the removal of a tooth, but normally some time will be left before an implant will be placed after the removal of a tooth. 
Dental implants can improve your appearance your smile and your self-esteem.
Dental implants are comfortable and improve conversation, well being and overall dental health.
Dental implants are the closest thing to real teeth and prevent bone loss in the jawbone.
Dental implants can brighten your smile by replacing missing teeth and gaps.
Dental implants are better than traditional bridges which can grind down the teeth overtime and damage your gums.
Dental implants can enhance the overall quality of your life and improve eating habits immediately.
Dental implants eliminate the need for messy adhesives used to hold dentures.
Dental implants eliminate unsightly metal clasps seeing on dental partials for partial dentures.
Dental implants with the proper care and attention will never need to be removed again.


 



Some extra reading on dental implants.

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