If you’re one of the 36 million Americans who doesn’t have any teeth, consider dental implants. These sturdy titanium posts provide a base for crowns, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. At Manhattan Dental Design in Midtown West, Manhattan, Ernest Tchoi, DMD, places and restores dental implants. If you want to restore your smile, book online to schedule an appointment or call the New York City practice today.
Dental implants are small titanium posts used to replace your natural tooth roots when you’re missing a tooth. They provide a foundation for dental restorations like bridges, implant-supported dentures, and crowns.
Dental implants don’t rely on your gums or remaining teeth for support. Dr. Tchoi places them into your jaw during an outpatient procedure.
Following treatment, your bone extends around each implant, fusing them in place. With good oral hygiene and routine checkups, dental implants can last for the remainder of your life.
Dental implants provide a variety of benefits compared to traditional restorations, including:
Dental implants also help you look younger. If you’re missing several permanent teeth, the skin around your mouth folds and sags. Implants restore structure to your jaw, allowing you to smile and speak confidently.
Dental implants can benefit anyone missing some or all of their permanent teeth. To receive dental implants, you need enough jawbone volume to support them. Your gums also need to be healthy.
If Dr. Tchoi determines you have gum disease or low bone volume, he might recommend a bone graft or scaling and root planing before placing your implants.
Getting dental implants takes a series of appointments spaced several months apart.
If Dr. Tchoi determines you’re a good candidate for dental implants, he administers a local anesthetic and places several small, titanium posts into your jawbone. Afterward, you return home for a few months, allowing plenty of time for your bone to grow around and fuse to each post.
Once the process of osseointegration (bone growth) is complete, you return to Manhattan Dental Design. Dr. Tchoi takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory that makes your custom implant-supported dentures, bridge, or crown.
Several weeks later, you visit the practice for your third and final appointment. Dr. Tchoi bonds your restorations to the implants, restoring your smile to its healthy, vibrant condition.
To keep your dental implants in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Tchoi recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting Manhattan Dental Design twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage to your restorations, wear a mouthguard when playing sports or exercising. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, consider wearing a nightguard.
In addition, try to avoid bad habits like opening objects with your teeth or biting down on ice cubes. By following these recommendations, dental implants can last for decades.
To learn more about dental implants, request a consultation at Manhattan Dental Design. Book online to schedule an appointment, or call the New York City office to speak with a staff member today.