Dental implants are an excellent solution for restoring your smile and your confidence if you have missing teeth. At Seguritan Dental Arts in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, you can receive the expert care you need. Mikhail Seguritan, DDS, is a skilled dental surgeon with extensive experience placing dental implants. Dental implants look just like your natural teeth, and you care for them as you would your original teeth. Review your options with Dr. Seguritan. Call the New York City office today or schedule an appointment online.

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What are dental implants?

A dental implant can replace your missing tooth. Unlike dentures, which fit over your gums, an implant is screwed into your jawbone. Implants provide a secure, long-lasting replacement.

Your implant looks and functions like your natural teeth. You can eat, drink, and talk with ease. And there’s no need to remove your dental implants for cleaning. Because they are fixed into your jaw, you can brush and floss normally. 

How do implants protect my oral health?

Many people choose an implant for cosmetic reasons, but implants don’t just improve your appearance — they can also protect against future dental problems.

After losing a tooth, you may experience bone loss in your jaw. As your jawbone weakens, your jaw can collapse inward. Jawbone loss triggers a variety of dental problems. Your dental implant helps prevent bone loss.

An implant preserves the look and function of your jaw. It also keeps your remaining teeth in alignment. After tooth loss, your remaining teeth may drift into the gap, but an implant prevents your teeth from shifting.

How are implants placed?

An implant procedure takes place in two phases; there is a surgical phase and a restorative phase. In the surgical phase, Dr. Seguritan places a titanium cylinder — the implant — into your jaw. An incision is made into the gingiva, and after verifying position, the implant is threaded into place.

After a healing period, you will be ready for the restorative phase of the implant procedure. This second phase entails the attachment of a post, or abutment, and a dental crown. This crown is an artificial tooth designed to look like your natural teeth, and each one is custom made in a specialized dental laboratory.

Once Dr. Seguritan has attached the crown to the post, your implant is ready for use. Opting for an implant allows you to return to your normal lifestyle. Most patients can quickly resume their normal diet and daily activities.

But you may need to take some precautions to protect your crown. Dr. Seguritan explains how to care for your implant at home. He also offers guidance to help you avoid dental problems in the future. 

What results can I expect?

Most patients feel more self-confident after their implant procedure. Implants fill unsightly gaps and create a brighter smile.

If you’re used to fussing with dentures, getting dental implants can also be a big relief. You don’t have to worry about your artificial teeth shifting out of position when attached to dental implants. Instead, you can talk and laugh with confidence.

Ready to learn more? Call the office today or schedule an appointment online using this website.