When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, the best type of replacement is a surgically inserted dental implant. Dental implants preserve your smile and your jawbone, too. The expert dentists at East Village Dental Center in New York City use advanced Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) technology to create dental implants that look and feel natural and can last as long as a real tooth. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants, call the friendly East Village Dental Center staff or reach out with the online form.
Dental implants are a tooth-replacement system that is the next best thing to a real tooth. A dental implant mimics the look and function of a natural tooth by creating both a false tooth at the surface and a false root that extends into your jawbone.
The crown of a dental implant (the part that extends above your gum) is usually made of porcelain, so that it looks and feels like a real tooth. The post of a dental implant is made of titanium. A metal cap called an abutment attaches the post to the crown.
Dental implants look, feel, and are cared for just as if they’re your real teeth. They’re a permanent solution to tooth loss and normally don’t have to be replaced.
In fact, dental implants are good for your other teeth and for your jawbone. The dental implant keeps your other teeth in healthy alignment. When you chew, the implant post stresses your jawbone so that it continues to produce fresh new bone cells.
Dental implants keep your gums and jawbone safe because they prevent bacteria from traveling into the gap of your missing tooth. Dental implants are also stain-resistant, so they never need whitening.
You need to have healthy bone in order to get dental implants. If your jawbone has atrophied because of missing teeth or other reasons, your dentist may first create a bone graft to build up your jawbone.
Once your jawbone is healthy, your dentist surgically inserts the titanium post into your bone. You’re kept comfortable with your choice of sedation dentistry options.
Your dentist uses CEREC technology to create a digital impression of your implant and abutment, which is then sent to the lab. You wear a temporary crown for several months, as your jawbone fuses to the implant post.
Once your implant and bone have fused and the implant is secure, your dentist cements your permanent crown in place. You return for a checkup in a couple of weeks.
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental crowns, call or use the online form to contact the experts at East Village Dental Center.