Thanks to advances in dental technology, you have many options for replacing missing teeth or improving oral health. Dental implants, which look and function just like your natural teeth, are just one of the advanced dental treatments that the experienced dental specialists at Emergency Dentist NYC in Manhattan provide to restore your smile. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, call the Union Square office in New York City, or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are small titanium posts placed beneath your gums that serve as the root for your missing tooth. Once securely in place, an artificial tooth or crown that matches your other teeth is fitted to the dental implant to restore your smile.
Your dental implant provides a solid foundation for your replacement tooth so it looks, feels, and functions exactly like your natural teeth.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer many benefits beyond restoring your smile. Your dental implant fuses with your jawbone and serves as a permanent, fixed replacement for your missing tooth. Because your dental implant is fixed, you never have to worry about your teeth affecting how you eat or speak.
Dental implants also prevent bone loss. Your jawbone is made of living bone cells that require constant stimulation from chewing to maintain strength. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone is no longer stimulated and the bone starts to deteriorate.
Because the dental implant acts just like your tooth root, it provides your jawbone the stimulation needed to maintain strength and health.
The team at Emergency Dentist NYC determines if you’re a good candidate for dental implants during a consultation. To be considered a good candidate, you must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to securely hold the dental implant.
You may not be considered a good candidate for dental implants if you’re a heavy smoker or have a poorly controlled chronic health condition such as diabetes.
Your dentist at Emergency Dentist NYC develops individualized treatment plans for dental implant placement using their dental implant system and reviews the details of your procedure during your consultation.
In general, your dentist first surgically places the dental implant into the socket of your missing tooth. Over the next 12 weeks or so, your jawbone grows around the dental implant to hold it in place. Once your dental implant is secure, your dentist attaches a connector (abutment) to your implant that holds your artificial tooth.
To maintain good oral health, you should treat your dental implant just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental exams and cleanings.
To learn more about dental implants, contact Emergency Dentist NYC by phone or online today.