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Dental Implants in East Amherst, NY

Ready to permanently replace your missing teeth? The Ivory Dental Co. is here to help with dental implants in East Amherst, NY. Contact your East Amherst dentist today to schedule an appointment. Call (716) 221-0042.

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small, metal posts that are surgically placed into your gums and jaw, and can support a wide variety of replacement teeth. We offer both single-tooth implants, which use a dental crown, and full-arch implants, which replace all of your teeth with a new set. We also handle the entire dental implant process in-house, including placements, restorations, and maintenance.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look and feel natural, last longer than any other type of replacement tooth, and help support the strength of your jaw bone. They also will never move or shift, unlike dentures.

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Surgical Preparation for Placement May Be Needed

Before you can get a dental implant, you may need a bone graft to strengthen your jaw bone. An alveoloplasty may also be recommended. This treatment is used to remove bony ridges from around your tooth sockets, which can interfere with implant placement.

Tori removal may also be necessary. Dental tori are bone growths that usually occur behind the teeth in the lower or upper jaw. They are harmless, but can interfere with dental implants, so they are usually removed.

Surgical Preparation for Placement May Be Needed

Before you can get a dental implant, you may need a bone graft to strengthen your jaw bone. An alveoloplasty may also be recommended. This treatment is used to remove bony ridges from around your tooth sockets, which can interfere with implant placement.

Tori removal may also be necessary. Dental tori are bone growths that usually occur behind the teeth in the lower or upper jaw. They are harmless, but can interfere with dental implants, so they are usually removed.

Hear From Happy Patients

Everyone is extremely kind. It had been years since my last dental visit, everyone made me feel welcome and comfortable. No lectures, just healthcare in a compassionate environment.

Pat Meszler

Such a different experience from any other dentist I’ve been to. They make sure you are comfortable and relaxed as much as you can be (for a dental appointment). The staff is very welcoming and friendly.

Anna Tasner

Dr. Sweeney has put together a state-of-the-art facility with all of the latest advancements, in a welcoming environment. The staff seems very knowledgeable, and are very thorough in assessing your current dental state, and expected future needs.I recommend a visit if you are looking for a quality dentist.

Girard Del Priore
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Does It Hurt to Get Dental Implants?

No, the actual placement of dental implants is not painful because we administer a local anesthetic to numb your mouth before making any incisions, drilling, or implanting the titanium post.

While you may feel some pressure and movement in your mouth, you won’t feel any pain. This is a minor oral surgery but many patients feel more comfortable being sedated so they don’t need to be aware of what’s going on, especially if they have dental anxiety.

For your ultimate comfort, we offer three different types of dental sedation – laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. This will help reduce your awareness of your surroundings, induce you into a state of relaxation, and prevent you from remembering anything afterward.

What Can I Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

After implant surgery, you need to minimize how much you need to chew so that the implant site can heal and you can form a blood clot. You will need to eat a soft food diet for at least a week before returning to chewier and hard foods. 

In the first 1-2 days we recommend consuming mostly liquid meals such as meal replacement shakes (without a straw), pudding, applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, and broth-based soups. After the first couple of days, you can start to eat slightly chewier soft foods like pasta, bread, tofu, beans, potatoes, and soft fruits and vegetables.

Foods that can cause irritation while you are healing include spicy, acidic, hard, sticky, crunchy, and hot foods. Try to chew on the opposite side of the mouth.

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Are Dental Implants Covered By Insurance?

Dental implants can be covered very differently depending on the type of insurance you have. Some insurance plans won’t cover them at all because they categorize them as a cosmetic procedure, while others may cover a portion of the procedure because they fall under the major dental category. 

Contact your insurance provider to find out how they cover each step of the dental implant process. If you need extractions because you are replacing damaged teeth with implants, this may be covered by your insurance. However, bone grafts are usually not covered. 

The actual placement of the implant and restoration may be covered at up to 50% as a restorative treatment. It all depends on your reason for needing dental implants. If it’s medically necessary, you may get dental and medical insurance to cover it. 

At The Ivory Dental Co., we offer multiple financing options to help you fund your implant treatment. If you have more questions, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bridget Sweeney.