Dental Implants

General and Cosmetic Dentistry in Harlem, New York, NY

Dental Implants

Dental Implants services offered in Harlem, New York, NY

Dental implants can restore your ability to enjoy the foods you love the most after losing one or more teeth. These sturdy devices act as anchors for restorations like crowns and bridges, which you can get from Leslie Azran, DDS, and the team at BH Dental NY in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Harlem, in Manhattan. For more information on getting dental implants, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at the New York City practice today. 

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium devices that look a bit like screws. An oral surgeon places them in your jawbone where they sit permanently, and anchor restorations such as bridges, crowns, or dentures.

With the support of a dental implant, you can use a false tooth in all the same ways you use your natural teeth. In fact, dental implants can significantly improve your speech, eating, and quality of life. They also don’t require very much additional maintenance. 

During your consultation for dental implants at BH Dental NY, the team takes images and X-rays of your mouth and jaw. Using the X-rays, they can detect any underlying complications that could get in the way of successful implantation, like jawbone deterioration. 

What is the process of getting dental implants?

Getting dental implants requires a few appointments. After the consultation, it’s time for your first implant surgery. Your oral surgeon makes an incision in your gums to expose the underlying jawbone where the implant will sit. Then, they implant the titanium device before closing the incision. 

As you heal, your jawbone bonds with the titanium dental implant, which creates an extra sturdy base for your upcoming restorations. At a second appointment, your oral surgeon reopens the incision to access the implant and attaches a piece called an abutment. The abutment holds onto the restoration. 

How can I keep my dental implants in great shape?

Maintaining your dental implants requires a few steps beyond a typical oral hygiene routine. Since they’re not removable, you can clean their restorations simply by brushing and flossing your teeth like you normally do. You should also continue your six-month dental cleanings at BH Dental NY. 

To make sure both the restorations attached to dental implants and the implants themselves stay in great shape, you should:

  • Avoid biting down on solid objects which can damage restorations
  • Report any possible complications or breakage right away
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing your teeth
  • Avoid abrasive tooth products like gritty toothpaste
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol during the healing process

The team gives you additional suggestions during the recovery process after each of your dental implant surgeries.