Flushing Oral Surgery

5 Reasons We Use Piezosurgery

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The mere mention of jaw surgery often evokes feelings of fear and anxiety in many patients, and this causes some of us to completely avoid necessary treatments altogether. If this applies to you, we want to do all we can to assure you that we can treat our patients comfortably and safely, alleviating dental issues before they become bigger, more complex problems. And to do so, we use a groundbreaking technology: piezosurgery.

As experts seek to develop technology that provides comfortable and minimally invasive oral surgical options, the latest is piezosurgery. At Flushing Oral Surgery, we have replaced traditional bone-cutting methods with this advanced technique which enables us to gently cut bone with ultrasonic micro-vibrations that keep the soft tissue safe.

What makes piezosurgery so special?

Piezosurgery allows for better accuracy.

During piezosurgery, Dr. Li and Dr. Pan use tiny 3D ultrasonic waves to gently break apart bone tissue without causing damage to the soft tissue that surrounds it. The accuracy of piezosurgery helps protect sinus membranes, arteries, and nerves around the hard tissue. In short, there are very few risks to the surgical site and nearby areas when this advanced technique is used.

Piezosurgery provides more comfort.

Traditional surgeries that involve drills and burs are rather invasive and often involve pain, bleeding, and swelling. Piezosurgery, on the other hand, is a treatment strategy that eliminates those possible outcomes, requiring smaller incisions and less tissue modification.

Piezosurgery is the safer method.

Since piezosurgery uses ultrasonic waves rather than drilling to cut bone, there are fewer chances of experiencing bleeding and infection. Overall, this technique provides much less risk of complications, side effects, and post-op issues.

Piezosurgery enables faster healing.

The recovery period for piezosurgery is almost non-existent when compared to more invasive, traditional procedures that use drilling. In fact, most of our patients return to work the same day rather than having to take a few days off.

Piezosurgery is only used by top oral surgeons.

Piezosurgery is a cutting-edge technique that requires training and expertise that most oral surgeons have not yet explored. So, by choosing us, you’re putting your oral health in the hands of an elite few—the best.

Ready to find out more about piezosurgery?

From simple to complex jaw-surgery procedures, including tooth extractions, bone grafting, periodontal disease treatment, and dental implants, we treat our patients expeditiously in the utmost professional manner, implementing advanced technology to skillfully restore your smile and your confidence.

Call us today and book a consultation in which we can assess your situation, discuss any questions you may have, and determine if piezosurgery would benefit you!

 

 

How to Get Ready for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

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You’ve made the decision to get your wisdom teeth removed. Congratulations! That means you’re probably finishing high school or already have. Well done. As you move toward adulthood with the wisdom that only comes with the passage of time, your third and final set of molars have come in. Your dentist has recommended you have them removed, and you’ve got lots of friends who already have. What should you do ahead of time to make sure this whole experience goes as well as possible? Check out our answers to the following frequently asked questions. A few key steps will ensure a quick and successful recovery.

What’s okay to eat after my wisdom teeth removal?

First things first. No eating at all the morning of your surgery, or at least the eight hours leading up to it. If you take medications and we approve them ahead of time, those are allowed with just a little sip of water. We know fasting is no fun, especially for growing teens, but the reward on the other side is worth it.

The day before your wisdom teeth removal, help your family stock up on all your favorite soft foods, like ice cream, Jell-O, yogurt, smoothies, and milkshakes. Then, after surgery, once you’re feeling good about moving on from clear liquids, enjoy these delicious treats, but consume them slowly.

Resist the urge to drink with a straw, including the ones in your water bottles. That could dislodge the clot that will be covering your extraction site which can lead to lots of pain and a condition called “dry socket.” Also, if you smoke, which we highly recommend against anyway, refrain from that habit while you’re healing as it can also cause delay to your recovery.

I know this is an outpatient surgery. Can I drive myself?

No. Even the best of drivers should not drive after any type of sedation, even the mildest. So, make sure to bring an adult driver with you to your surgery. We will not begin the extraction unless you have one with you. And ask that companion of yours to hang out for the day. Your healing will most likely be very uneventful, but it’s wise to have someone around just in case.

Will I feel like going to work or school after my wisdom teeth removal?

No, you’ll be sleepy. And even if you do feel amazing, don’t go to school or work or any of your normal activities. In fact, don’t even do homework or housework. Kick back on the couch and watch Netflix. Or nap all day. The best thing you can do for a quick and complete recovery is rest.

What do I do if my mouth starts hurting?

You won’t feel any pain at all during your surgery because we will gently sedate you and make sure your experience with us is safe and comfortable. But later in the day, as you return home and the anesthesia wears off, you’ll want to use an ice pack on your face and take over-the-counter meds to manage any discomfort. We’ll also send you home with a prescription for stronger pain medication to have on hand.

How long will it take to feel normal again?

Not long. Most of our patients are back to their busy lives within 3 or 4 days. If your surgery is more involved and your teeth are impacted it could take a few extra days for a full recovery. It takes a few months for your wounds to heal. So, be careful with what you eat and how your brush during that time. Remember to avoid straws and tobacco. Dislodging the blood clot or the stitches would prolong the whole process.

Ready to tackle this?

If you’re still feeling hesitant about moving forward with this surgery, remember that our expert oral surgeon, Dr. Li, removes wisdom teeth every day in our Flushing NY office. The procedure is quick and easy, and if you are prepared and follow the simples steps we’ve mapped out for you, your wisdom teeth removal will be a complete success. Before surgery, we’ll provide you with all the pre-and post-op instructions you’ll need. There should be no surprises. You’re in excellent hands. You’ve got this!

To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.

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Can Dental Implants Restore Seniors’ Smiles?

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You may be young at heart, but if you’re no spring chicken, your teeth might be starting to show your age. The good news is, in today’s modern world, you no longer have to just roll with the punches when it comes to aging and losing teeth. In fact, thanks to modern technology, no one must go without teeth. We believe everyone, no matter their age, deserves a big, solid smile and that dental implants are the golden ticket.

What are dental implants?

First things first. If you aren’t yet familiar with dental implants, here’s the short version. An implant is an artificial tooth that’s made of a screw which we place in your jaw and a crown that we affix to an abutment that is attached to the screw. It’s really that simple. And if you’ve lost most or all of your teeth, we are able to attach an entire arch prosthesis to only four implants that we strategically place in your jaw, no matter the health of your jawbone. Our jaws tend to shrink the longer they go without teeth, but our full arch replacement system allows us to place the screws at angles, so bone grafting is not necessary.

Benefits of Dental Implants for Seniors

We understand that many of your friends have probably opted for dentures because they found them easy and affordable. The truth is dental implants are actually just as cost-effective and simple in the long run as any other teeth replacement option—maybe even more so.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as natural as possible.

When it comes to artificial teeth that are natural-looking and functioning, implants can’t be beaten. If you get an entire row of implants, not one will bat an eye. And if you just have an implant or two placed to fill in gaps, we match the color and shape so that they blend in with your other teeth, and again, no one will be the wiser. It won’t ever cross anyone’s mind to consider that the new teeth might not be your own.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as comfortable as possible.

Have your friends ever complained about how uncomfortable their dentures are? Since dental implants feel like natural teeth and stay put, there’s no pain or rubbing resulting from shifting. In fact, dental implants never move. They are not only comfortable physically, but they eliminate all embarrassment that you might experience with dentures that slip. Eating, talking, and laughing are as comfortable with implants, physically and socially, as a full set of natural teeth.

Dental implants are for those who want their teeth replacement to be as affordable as possible.

If you have heard that dental implants are expensive compared to other teeth replacement options, this may be true upfront. But they’re not as costly as they used to be, and there are money-saving dental plans for seniors that offer discounts implant procedures. Furthermore, implants can last a lifetime, so the money you spend on replacing lost or broken dentures must be figured into the overall cost. And the cost of the comfort and ease implants provide is priceless. Contact someone in our office today financial reasons are keeping you from getting implants. Our staff will help you find a payment plan that works for you.

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Why You Should Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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Wisdom teeth are named for the timing with which they begin to push through the gums, during a young person’s approaching adulthood and newly arrived wisdom. Erupting behind the first two sets of molars in the back of your mouth, these new molars join 28 other teeth that are already present. Most wisdom teeth have a difficult time fitting comfortably into a full set of teeth.

What are impacted teeth?

Impacted teeth are those that are unable to push through the gums and remain fully or partially covered by gum or bone. This scenario is quite common, when it comes to wisdom teeth, and has the potential to cause a variety of complications. In fact, 9 in 10 people have at least one impacted tooth. Impacted teeth can lead to:

  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Inflamed, irritated, and bleeding gums
  • Damage to adjacent teeth
  • Loss of bone and gum

Most of us find wisdom teeth to be harmless initially. What we don’t understand is the potential they have to eventually cause serious problems to the rest of our mouths. Some people never get wisdom teeth, but most of us do, and at Flushing Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, we highly recommend their extraction for the following reasons.

Misaligned and Crowded Teeth

As stated above, there’s little room left for wisdom teeth once it’s their turn to arrive. So, it’s no surprise that their pushing and shoving negatively impact adjacent teeth and leave them misaligned. If you or your child have had braces, the orthodontist has likely recommended a wisdom teeth extraction soon after having the braces removed to avoid overcrowding and damage to your newly straightened smile.

Damaged Bone and Teeth

If keeping your smile straight isn’t enough motivation to schedule that wisdom teeth removal, how about the damage those third molars can cause to your jaw and next-door molars? When too many teeth are crammed in too small a space, bone loss and tooth decay can spread like wildfire. It’s simply not worth the risk.

Infected Gums

Teeth and bone aren’t the only ones in jeopardy when it comes to impacted wisdom teeth. Our gums often get caught in the crossfire as well. Those who let their wisdom teeth fend for themselves often end up with inflamed gums and complications that are difficult to repair. Partially impacted teeth tend to pull away from the gums, leaving ample opportunity for bacteria to grow and infection to occur.

Jaw Pain and TMJ Complications

Having your wisdom teeth removed reduces the likelihood that cysts or tumors will form in your jaw, and those growths may cause not only pain but also complications related to TMJ.

Difficult Dental Hygiene

Even patients who decide to keep their wisdom teeth intact find their teeth to be quite snug, making flossing nearly impossible in places. We’ve found that adequate brushing is also tricky when teeth are packed in. Undergoing the small surgery to have your wisdom teeth removed might be worth being able to enjoy excellent oral hygiene for the rest of your life.

There’s no doubt about it—the potential for things to go poorly when wisdom teeth are left to their own devices is not worth the risk. Having them removed ensures fewer complications down the road. If you have any questions about your particular situation, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a consultation with one of our wisdom teeth experts.

For more information about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.

Are you or your loved ones suffering from wisdom tooth pain?

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5 Ways Parents Can Prepare Children for Wisdom Teeth Removal

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flushing awardAs you and your child prepare for your child’s wisdom teeth removal, they may be nervous. Begin by reminding them that wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that we do every day in our office. Assure them that they have nothing to worry about.

Tell them that you have received all the instructions you need to be well prepared for a smooth and maybe even fun wisdom teeth removal experience.


Here are the 5 ways you can prepare for your child’s wisdom tooth extraction:

  1. Make sure you have plenty of your child’s favorite smooth, pureed, and soft foods on hand. We recommend ice cream, apple sauce, soup, Jell-O, yogurt, mashed potatoes, milkshakes, smoothies, and oatmeal. Immediately after surgery, give your child clear liquids and then slowly progress to soft foods. Do not give your child straws during the healing period because they can dislodge the clot that is covering the extraction site, resulting in a very painful condition called “dry socket”. Also, refrain from giving them particulate foods, such as granola, berries, popcorn, that easily get stuck into the surgical site. Finally, warn them that tobacco use will deter their healing and possibly lead to serious complications.
  2. Plan to take the day off work, so you can accompany them to the surgery. Even if your child is of driving age, we will not proceed with the extraction if they are alone. The procedure usually takes about an hour. Please plan to stay for the duration.
  3. Insist your child rest at home after surgery for the remainder of the day. Stock up on movies and set your child up in a cozy corner of the couch. We recommend they relax at home for several days. This will ensure a smooth recovery. Sleeping is an excellent way to spend the first day. Do not let your child exercise, go to school, or even do homework. Too much activity will inhibit proper healing.
  4. Assure your child that they will feel no pain during the surgery and that we are trained and highly experienced with administering anesthesia. We will provide your child with a safe and comfortable experience. We recommend you have ice packs in the freezer ready to go for when you return home. This will help with swelling. Over the counter pain meds may do the trick to minimize discomfort when the anesthesia begins to wear off, and we’ll give you pain medication prescriptions as well.
  5. Do not allow your child to eat or drink the morning of the procedure or for at least eight hours before the procedure. Pre-approved medications may be taken with a sip of water.

Preparing for your child’s wisdom teeth removal comes down to taking these 5 simple steps ahead of time. Your child’s recovery experience depends on it. Prior to surgery, we will send you and your child home with very specific pre/post-surgical instructions so that you know exactly what to expect.

Your child is in expert hands at Flushing Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. If you have any remaining questions, call us today and speak with someone in our office.

For more information about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.

Are you or your loved ones suffering from wisdom tooth pain?

Call our Flushing NY office (347) 943-1960 to schedule an a consultation with Dr. Li or Dr. Pan or

Dental Bone Grafts and Why You May Need One

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If bone grafting sounds like a complicated and scary procedure, rest assured it’s simple, safe, and one of our top oral surgical services at our Flushing, NY office. Chances are, you’re wondering about bone grafts because your dentist suggested you replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. And you’ve visited your oral surgeon who says you need to have a bone graft done first. Read on to learn about the common yet transformational procedure of bone grafting and how it lays the foundation for implant placement.

Why do I need a bone graft?

For those with insufficient jawbone mass and structure, bone grafting is done to bulk up the area and prepare it for implant placement. If we were to place an implant in a jaw that lacks adequate bone, there’s a high likelihood it would fail or have difficulty integrating with the jawbone. Osseointegration is the process in which the titanium metal of a dental implant fully fuses with the jawbone to ensure both stability and permanency. This takes place when the bone is a healthy size, large enough to support an implant.

Building Up Your Jawbone

Bone grafting is a standard procedure that over half of our dental implant patients have done before proceeding with implant surgery. These patients often require bone grafting for the following reasons:

  • Missing teeth for an extended time—Your jawbone begins to atrophy the moment you lose a tooth or have one extracted.
  • Trauma or infection—This can lead to a defect in the bone, resulting in its need to be built up.
  • Missing front teeth—More than any others, front teeth have thin sockets and often can’t regenerate on their own.
  • Large or low sinus cavities—We often graft bone with a sinus lift to help restore the bone height required for implant placement.

The Health of Your Jawbone

A jaw is like a body that needs exercise to stay healthy. Chewing provides the necessary stimulation that keeps a jaw strong, but without that movement, it begins to shrink as your body sends the minerals elsewhere. The alveolar bone that anchors your teeth begins to break down as soon as you lose a permanent tooth. Inadequate bone mass not only causes problems for implant placement, but can also lead to facial skin wrinkling, TMJ pain and headaches, nutrition and speech issues, collapsed facial structure, and complications with your remaining face.

How does bone grafting work?

Bone grafting is a very routine procedure that we do in our office every day. We place donated bone (or your own bone is taken from another site in your mouth) in the area that needs more mass. Your body will naturally grow new bone as your jaw heals during the several months following surgery, and the donated bone grafts will develop into your own bone over time.

Ready to get started?

Dr. Paul Chin-Fan Li and the rest of our skilled team at Flushing Oral Surgery offer the highest level of bone grafting and implant care. The latest technology combined with our passion for excellent patient care allows us to provide only the best bone grafting experiences. For more details on what it means for us to build a foundation for your dental implants with a bone graft, please give us a call! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

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5 Reasons Dental Implants Are the Best Choice for Seniors

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There’s no shame in losing teeth as we age. It’s part of life, and our teeth serve us well for as long as they can. But when they go missing, it’s time to replace them and restore your ability to enjoy life with the confidence and ease you once had. Dentures and bridges are options, but as the top oral surgeon in Flushing, NY, we’re here to tell you that dental implants are the superior choice for seniors. Here’s why.

Enhanced Diet

Are there foods that you’ve had to give up because they’re too hard to chew? Is your nutrition suffering as a result? We’ve talked with many of our denture patients who complain about lack of energy and overall irritability. When we ask them about their diet, we find that their diminished biting and chewing capabilities have led to painful and annoying eating experiences, so sometimes, when it comes to food, they go without. Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial teeth that are placed in your jaw so that they function like your natural teeth, strong and secure, anchored with a titanium screw. There are no food restrictions for those with implant teeth, and our implant patients experience no pain or discomfort with biting, chewing, or eating.

Improved Appearance

If you’re missing a tooth or wearing dentures or bridges, you know how difficult it can be to grin, to proudly flaunt those pearly whites, to smile to the fullest. At Flushing Oral Surgery, we implant confidence. Dental implants allow you to laugh and play with your grandkids without worrying about denture slippage or gaps in your smile. Our implant teeth will help you feel good about yourself while preventing innocent yet awkward questions from your grandkids about your funny teeth. They won’t even be able to tell the difference between your natural teeth and your implants.

Quality of Life

The truth is you can probably get by with missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures. But suffering in your golden years, whether from embarrassment or discomfort, is completely unnecessary. When there’s the possibility of chewing properly and eating freely and healthily, of smiling openly and laughing fully, why not embrace this improved quality of life that dental implants provide?

Affordability

Dental implants may seem more expensive upfront. But in the long run, they’re the best bang for your buck. They last two to three times longer than bridges and dentures, and they don’t break or require the kind of maintenance of traditional teeth replacement methods. Implants also provide stimulation for your jawbone which keeps it from deteriorating over time, and it’s hard to put a price on jaw health. The question is: can you afford going without?

Convenience and Care

Since dental implants are inserted in the jaw and then fused with the bone, they are permanent and do not need to be removed for cleaning. Brushing twice and flossing once daily, which you’ve always done for your natural teeth, is all that’s required to keep your implants in good shape. Implants don’t get lost, slip, stain, or break easily. When it comes to convenience, dental implants are tops.

If you haven’t talked to us yet about the possibility of getting implants, we’d love to share with you the details of single, multiple, and full-jaw, All-on-4 implant options and how each could improve your life. We understand that every patient’s dental health and history is unique, and we look forward to discussing yours with you!

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The Same Excellent Patient Care and Team Approach at Our New Location in Brooklyn

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It is with great excitement that we welcome you to our second location. As we expand our distinguished reputation and team approach to more community members in the Brooklyn area, Dr. Li looks forward to warmly receiving new patients and helping you to feel at home in our Brooklyn office.

Holding fast to the high value we put on continual education and training of our team, we implement innovative technology at our second location as well, ensuring comfort, convenience, and optimal results.

At this new venue, our mission to provide you with the best oral surgical care by using our team approach remains the same. Our oral surgeons, who are also dedicated restorative dentists, and our support staff work together to continue to create a caring and nurturing environment where your comfort and safety is of our utmost concern. We welcome you with open arms!

We offer our same excellent services and team approach in our Brooklyn office:

  • X-Navigation—efficiency, accuracy, and precision for implant placement
  • Regenerative Medicine—platelet rich growth factors (PRGF) which promote and accelerate hard and soft tissue healing
  • Piezosurgery—increased accuracy and minimal discomfort with ultrasonic vibrations
  • Teeth-in-an-Hour—a fully functioning set of teeth in one visit, our doctors serving as both your oral surgeon and restorative dentist
  • Surgically Clean Air—multi-stage air purifying technologies, ensuring a germ-free environment
Your healthy and confident smile is our top priority, and we invite you to make an appointment at our new location in Brooklyn. Call today! 718-366-0070

Benefits of Replacing a Full Arch of Teeth with Dental Implants

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Full Arch Dental Implants in Queens and Long Island NY

Have you been making the most of your dentures even though they continue to cause you problems? Dentures are a serviceable means to replacing a full arch of missing teeth, but nothing compares to the far superior treatment of full arch dental implants.

Why are full arch dental implants the best option? Without question, dental implants are the most modern, effective, and permanent teeth replacement method when it comes to replacing a full arch of missing teeth. For most of our patients, the comfort and security they provide outweigh any positive element one might find in dentures.

At Flushing Oral Surgery – Dental Implants, our doctors are the experts at teeth replacement, and they are prepared to meet with you and help you decide what would be the best fit for your unique situation. Here are some facts to think about while considering the next steps:

Traditional Dentures

Traditional removable dentures, one of the most common methods for full-arch teeth replacements, are designed to resemble a full set of teeth that sit upon a healthy gum line. Made of a plastic base and ceramic restorations, dentures create a seal with the natural gum line which holds them in place.
Adhesives help dentures from shifting, but eating hard, chewy, and sticky foods tend to cause the dentures to slip or fall out despite the bonding’s extra security.

For optimal results, special care should be taken to prevent dentures from breaking, chipping, and staining. Dentures must be removed each night, brushed with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and soaked in a cleaning solution.

Full Arch Dental Implants

Much like dentures, full arch dental implants are used to replace a complete upper or lower arch of teeth. What makes full arch dental implants more popular is the way in which they provide a fixed, natural-looking smile. With only 4-6 strategically placed implants, we can permanently replace an arch of up to twelve teeth that doesn’t slip or shift position. We typically perform this procedure in alignment with a dental bridge or overdenture to ensure complete aesthetic restoration.

The care required for dental implants—to maintain their health and success—is the same as that which you provide for your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, continue to wear a nightguard. Keep up on your routine dental check-ups. During those appointments, we will keep an eye on the implants’ stability, examine the health of your jawbone and gum tissues, and check for any minor cracks or chips. And finally, carry on with your usual excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.

Things to Consider

When you’re choosing between dentures and dental implants for a full arch of teeth, consider the following:

  • The durability of each treatment
  • The stability of each treatment
  • The care required of each treatment

For many reasons, full arch dental implants are usually the far better choice for replacing missing teeth, most importantly the way in which they naturally resemble a full mouth of beautiful, healthy teeth that last a lifetime.

For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call us today! Flushing NY Office Phone Number 347-943-1960

Why the Best Time to Consider Dental Implants Is at the Time of Tooth Loss

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If you’ve lost a tooth and are looking for the most natural replacement, dental implants are the ideal option. Not only do they look, feel, and function like natural teeth, but they are low maintenance and long-lasting.

But you already knew that, and now you’re wondering when you should have this procedure done. How important is it to schedule a dental implant appointment right away? The short answer is: very. Time is of the essence, and here’s why.

Why Replacing Missing Teeth Immediately is Best

Your teeth and jaw are in a balanced relationship in which they depend on each other. The jaw supports the teeth, and the teeth stimulate the jaw. The moment a tooth goes missing, the body begins to remove the jawbone because it is no longer needed. In other words, the body considers the jawbone surplus material and uses its nutrients elsewhere when there is no tooth to support. Likewise, the stimulation provided by the tooth is what bulks up the jaw. Without it, the bone breaks down.

Bone Loss Speeds Up the Aging Process

This natural process of bone break down is called bone resorption and begins the moment the tooth is lost. The first thing to happen is the reshaping of the bone. Next, the bony ridge of the jawbone begins to deteriorate. As we lose bone in our faces, our profiles change, our faces take on a concave, shrinking effect, and we begin to look older.

When it comes to dental implants, they need the same support from your jawbone that your natural teeth require. So, if you wait to get an implant, you’ll have less bone because it will have begun the process of breaking down. Conversely, if you get an implant immediately after having lost a tooth, the mass of your jawbone will be ideal for implant placement. Like replacing a tooth that falls out naturally, it’s best if you get your implant right then and thereafter having a tooth extracted.

The Exception—When You Should Wait

It’s best if you can manage to get your dental implants right away, but you may have to wait if:

  • You have an infection. Infections can cause implants to fail, so we must get rid of the infection before moving forward with implant placement. Whether it’s in your tooth or your gums, infections affect your jaw, so we’d clear up the infection first to set you up for dental implant success.
  • You’ve lost too much bone. The good news is: it’s never too late to get dental implants. The sooner you get them, the easier the process. However, we can graft in more bone and build up your jaw, creating the most optimal conditions for a favorable outcome, if you’ve already waited. If you’re planning to have a tooth extracted, we can do a bone graft at the time of extraction or we can allow time for healing before placing the implant, depending on your situation. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Li will evaluate your case and advise you on the best plan for treatment.

Where are you in the process? Have you recently lost a tooth? Are you planning to have a tooth extracted? Please call our Flushing, NY office to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon Dr. Li today!

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