Gone are the days when replacing missing teeth meant enduring uncomfortable, insecure and artificial-looking dentures. Today’s advanced dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth, and they’re permanent. At New Century Smile, located in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, Dr. George Manthas has restored countless smiles with dental implants. He offers the following overview.
Your oral health
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, its easy to obsess about how it affects your appearance. But did you know that not filling the gap(s) is also harmful to your oral health?
Even just one missing tooth can lead to a domino effect or oral health issues including:
- Shifting teeth and bite problems
- Excessive wear on your remaining teeth
- Difficulty chewing and speaking
- Changes in your facial structure
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, including jaw pain and headaches
- Bone loss in your jaw
Dental Implants 101
An implant is the only dental prosthesis that replaces the root of a tooth. That’s why it’s so durable.
A dental implant is comprised of three parts: the implant (which serves as your artificial tooth’s root). Next is the abutment, a tiny connector that’s placed atop the implant to which the crown is attached. Then there’s the crown. The crown is your custom-made tooth, which is the only portion visible above the gumline. It is custom contoured and tinted to match your natural, neighboring teeth.
At your first appointment, Dr. Manthas will determine whether dental implants are right for you through an oral exam, review your medical and dental history, and X-rays to evaluate the health of your jawbone.
The initial step of the procedure itself is implantation of the titanium post that will serve as your new root. It is surgically implanted via a tiny incision in your gums and drilled into your jawbone.
Over the next 3-6 months, the implant fuses to your jawbone. Once that occurs, you will return to the office for the placement of your abutment custom-crafted crown.
Your dental implant requires no additional care than your natural teeth. Just brush, floss, and come in for bi-annual cleanings and checkups.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they’re right for you, call New Century Smile, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.