South Shore Long Island
Periodontics & Implantology P.C.
Dr. Leslie G. Batnick, D.D.S.
Dr. Lois B. Levine, D.D.S.
Dr. Joo H. Kim, D.D.S.
Diplomates, American Board of Periodontology

Dental Implants

Thanks to advancements in dental technology, people who are missing teeth can now enjoy permanent replacements. Dental implants provide a new foundation for custom-made replacement teeth that function, feel, and look like natural teeth.

Each implant is a tiny pin made of biocompatible titanium that is surgically placed into the jawbone in the space left by a missing tooth. The pin integrates with the bone, which helps to create a durable foundation for the new teeth. Additionally, implants help preserve facial structure and prevent the periodontal bone from deteriorating, a common problem with missing teeth.

The doctors at South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology have been practicing at the forefront of this technology since it was first developed in the mid-1980s. As implant surgeons, our role grew from our expertise with using precision surgical techniques and our tradition of planning and coordinating the restoration of debilitated mouths.

Benefits of Dental Implants

We recommend dental implants to patients because:

  • Implants prevent bone atrophy after tooth loss.
  • Implants don’t decay and will never need a root canal.
  • Implants look and feel like your own teeth
  • With implants, your ability to speak, taste, and chew will improve.

They are also preferable to traditional tooth replacement procedures, which can damage healthy teeth and often lead to discomfort.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved.

With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.

Evaluation and Diagnosis

Is implant dentistry right for you? We’ll recommend an examination using x-rays and our cone beam CT scanner. We’ll also take a complete health history. During your consult, your doctor will be sure to address each specific need and concern you may have. These questions and concerns are important, and we will work with you and your dentist closely to help make sure that your procedure is a success.

Placing Dental Implants

Dental implant placement usually involves two surgical procedures. In the first, we’ll place the implants into your jawbone. Healing times can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the density of your bone. Sometimes, we can restore an implant immediately after surgery, but sometimes it’s necessary to wait for proper healing. Your doctor will let you know what to expect.

If we are not able to restore your implant immediately following surgery, you will likely be able to wear a temporary denture for the next three to six months while your implants integrate with the bone.

Once integration has occurred, we can begin the next phase. At this point, we’ll uncover the posts and attach a small healing collar. After you heal (about two weeks), your dentist will take impressions and begin making your new teeth. 

All told, the entire implant process usually takes between three and twelve months. In most cases, patients do not report any disruption to daily life.

“Teeth in an Hour!”

At South Shore Long Island Periodontics & Implantology, we have the technology, training, and experience to provide “teeth in an hour” – immediate tooth replacement with dental implants.

We'll first determine whether you are a candidate. Not everyone is a candidate for this technique. If you are a candidate, we will carefully plan your surgery using our in-house 3-D imaging and guided surgery techniques. This process requires thorough planning and usually takes more preparation time.

This premium service allows qualified patients to have their damaged and failing teeth removed and replaced by an implant-supported temporary bridge on the very same day. 

Implant Adjunctive Procedures