When you’re looking for a permanent, durable, and natural-looking way to replace a missing tooth, a dental implant is the perfect choice to restore your smile and maintain your oral health. Dr. Beth Caunitz, and periodontist Dr. Michael Chau in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, offer individual, multiple, and All-on-4® dental implants. You can book a consultation online or call Dr. Caunitz's friendly office team.
A dental implant is the most natural-looking, stable, and permanent way to replace a missing tooth. There are three parts to a dental implant: a titanium post that’s placed into and fuses with your jaw, an abutment that caps the post, and a porcelain or composite crown that fits over the abutment. The crown is molded and colored to look like your natural tooth.
In addition to looking and feeling natural, dental implants actually function just like real teeth. The titanium post creates healthy stress on your jaw when you chew, stimulating the growth of new bone. Because other tooth-replacement systems don’t create healthy stress on your jaw, they can lead to bone loss over time.
Dental implants also help keep the rest of your teeth in alignment. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant ensures that your bite is healthy and functional.
You can treat your dental implant just like your other teeth. Here’s one advantage a dental implant has over a natural tooth that’s sure to make you smile: The implant is stain resistant, so it won’t require whitening.
When you need to replace multiple teeth, you can opt for an All-on-4® dental bridge. The All-on-4 is a combination of four permanent dental implants and an affixed bridge. Dr. Chau places four dental implants and abutments in each jaw. Instead of being capped by individual crowns, the abutments are protected by the custom-designed bridge.
You’ll need to see Dr. Caunitz and Dr. Chau over a series of appointments when you get dental implants or an All-on-4. After Dr. Chau places your implants, you need to wait three to six months while your jawbone fuses to the titanium post. In the meantime, you’re fitted with a temporary crown.
Once your post is stable, Dr. Caunitz caps the post with your permanent, custom-designed dental crown. Later, you follow up with her to make sure your dental implant is functioning correctly.
When you’re ready for dental implants, contact Drs. Caunitz and Chau for a comprehensive consultation. You can book your next appointment online or call the friendly, caring office staff today.