Dental tooth implants have two main parts: a metal post that is anchored in the bone and a prosthetic, porcelain tooth attached to it.
The post portion of the dental tooth implants is made of extremely strong and resilient metal, such as titanium or titanium alloy, and is designed like a screw, with multiple threads to anchor the post into the bone. In addition, through a process called “osseointegration”, the dental implant will actually fuse with the bone over a few months, making it a very strong and long-lasting solution.
After the bone has healed and the osseointegration process has begun, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the post, anchoring it in place. This tooth, also known as a dental crown, is made of a strong, porcelain-like material and color-matched to your existing teeth, making it virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. With dental tooth implants, you are biting and chewing like normal.
Dental Implant Placement Process
The process of dental implant placement is simple and straightforward.
- After evaluating whether you are a candidate for dental implants, Staten Island dental implant specialist Dr. Frederick S. Hecht takes accurate measurements of your jaw and mouth, determining the optimal location for each dental implant placement.
- Dr. Hecht then positions and installs the dental implant posts into the bone through in-office surgery.
- Within a few weeks, after the tissue has healed and the posts have begun to adhere to the bone, these posts are then able to accept porcelain crowns to look and act like natural teeth.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Did you know that individuals with dentures can also benefit from dental tooth implants? They can! With implant supported dentures, Dr. Hecht installs only a few posts to create an anchor to the bone. The denture is then attached to these posts, creating a stronger bond and making it easier to speak and eat normally. And because they rely on posts rather than the gum bone, implant supported dentures will stay in place much better than traditional dentures.
Learn more about the dental implant placement process and implant supported dentures by contacting our Staten Island Dental Care office today in Staten Island, New York. Give us a call at the number above or fill out the form on this page. We are happy to answer all your questions about dental tooth implants and how they can help you.