Dental implants offer a permanent way to replace one or more missing teeth. Yev Davydov, DDS and Gregory Shank DDS work with the team at Chroma Dental to perform dental implant treatments for many residents of the Midtown area of New York City. We're so excited to discuss how this approach can restore your smile. Book a visit online or by phone today to learn more.
When you lose one or more of your natural teeth, the appearance of your smile is affected. The cosmetic implications of missing teeth, however, are only part of the problem.
Your natural teeth are anchored to the underlying bone tissue. The connection between tooth and bone keeps your teeth held firmly in place and also provides the daily stimulation necessary for strong bone tissue.
When you lose a tooth, you also lose that stimulation. Your bone can begin to wear away, which weakens the connection between adjacent teeth and bone. That can cause additional tooth loss, and the problem just gets worse from there.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite. You’ll find it challenging to enjoy a wide range of healthy foods, and your remaining teeth might not fit together properly, which can cause damage.
Dental implants offer a way to permanently replace missing teeth and also ensure healthy bone tissue. If you only need to replace a single tooth, individual dental implants are the best approach.
Individual implants consist of a metal post that replaces the root of the tooth and an artificial crown that replaces the visible surfaces of the tooth. Some options use a small piece to connect the post and crown.
If you need to replace all of your upper or lower teeth, dental implant systems like All-on-4® secure an entire upper or lower arch of teeth using just four implanted posts. This is a wonderful option for people who lack the bone density needed to secure multiple individual dental implants.
On the day of your procedure, your dentist gives you an injection of local anesthetic to eliminate sensation in the treatment area. The next step is creating an incision to access your jawbone.
Drilling a small pilot hole ensures the post of the implant enters your bone at the correct angle. Once in position, your dentist closes your gum tissue around the post and a period of healing begins.
You return in a couple of months to have your new custom crown attached to the post. That completes the restoration. Your gum tissue will attach to the new crown over the coming weeks.
If you’d like to explore dental implants in greater detail, call today to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option, and is both fast and easy.