Dental implants provide patients with a more comfortable, natural-feeling alternative to dentures and bridges. Dr. Ben Elchami is a leading provider of dental implant restorations in Midtown East, Manhattan, using advanced techniques and materials to help Chami Dental patients look and feel their best.
Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma. An implant is made up of three main “parts”: the metal post that’s implanted into the jaw, a dental crown or artificial tooth that acts to replace the missing tooth, and an abutment piece that connects the post and the crown. The crown is made of durable tooth-colored material and shaped to look and feel just like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to attach dentures comprising many teeth, and in patients who have one or more baby teeth that aren’t naturally replaced by adult or permanent teeth. Dr. Elchami places dental implants using state-of-the-art imaging techniques to establish the best placement as well as ensure optimal long-term functionality of the implant. In an implant procedure, the dentist places the metal post in the jaw bone, performing a bone graft when needed to supplement and strengthen the existing jaw bone, so the implant is completely secure. Once the implant post is in place, and the surrounding bone tissue has healed around it, the abutment and then the crown are placed on top, using a secure attachment technique.
Most patients prefer implants because they’re much more secure. Since they’re attached directly to the jaw bone, they can’t slip and slide like a denture, which means there’s no risk of embarrassment or sore spots, which can lead to painful infections. Implants are also easier to care for than dentures or bridges, requiring the same type of care as natural teeth - regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups to ensure the implant is in good shape and the surrounding tissues are healthy. Implants are also an ideal solution for areas of the mouth where a bridge can’t be placed or where a bridge isn’t an ideal solution. Plus, unlike a bridge, an implant "stands" on its own without putting excessive stress on neighboring teeth, a common occurrence with bridges that attach to the teeth on either side.
In order to maintain a dental implant, one of the most important steps a patient can take is to follow proper oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing regularly keeps the gums surrounding the teeth healthy, preventing gum disease and deep infection that can eventually cause the implant post to become weak. Visiting the dentist every 6 months is also important for making sure minor issues are identified and treated as soon as possible, before major problems develop. It’s also essential for patients to avoid biting down on hard objects and to avoid using their teeth as prying instruments. This is all good advice for natural teeth as well as dental implants.
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