Dental Implants by Dr. Dale Goldschlag
As the name suggests, dental implants fill gaps left by missing teeth. They provide a foundation for replacement teeth that looks and feels natural. The implants are made of titanium, a strong material that makes for a strong foundation so that the teeth can withstand normal activities, including chewing. Implants may also preserve facial structure, which can prevent the bone deterioration that is common when teeth are missing.
The procedure is low-risk and typically takes place over two visits. The first visit is when the dental surgeon places the metal anchor into the jawbone. The anchor is given three to six months to bond with the jawbone, during which time the dentist designs the bridgework or denture and makes a new tooth. The surgeon then attaches the new tooth to the implant. The whole process typically takes six to eight months, and there is minimal disruption to the patient.
About the author:
Dr. Dale Goldschlag practices dentistry at Contemporary Dental Implant Centre, a private practice in New York City. Dr. Goldschlag focuses his practice on preventive dentistry and cosmetic and implant dentistry.