East Harlem Dental Plaza
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New York, NY 10035
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Implants

Implants from East Harlem Dental Plaza, East Harlem New York City, NYC

Implants can sound scary and painful but the professionals at East Harlem Dental Plaza make them a blast with fast, easy and virtually painless services! This treatment can be a great alternative to dentures, which can prove to be uncomfortable and hard to use.

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. It is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. There are two types of implants used today: endosteal and subperiosteal.

An endosteal implant is surgically implanted into the jawbone whereas a subperiosteal implant lies on top of the jawbone but under the gum tissue. An endosteal is made of metal, ceramic, or polymeric material. It consists of a blade, screw, pin, or vent inserted into the jawbone. A post protrudes into the mouth and serves as a fixture for whatever dental work is necessary.

A subperiosteal implant lies on top of the jawbone. It does not penetrate into the jawbone, and it is composed of a mesh framework designed to fit over the surface of the jawbone. Like an endosteal implant, a post protrudes into the mouth to serve as a fixture.

Implants embedded in bone have been used since ancient times. The Mayan civilization used the earliest types of implants. Evidence dates to about 1,350 years before modern titanium implants came into existence. The Mayans used tooth-shaped pieces of shell to replace missing teeth. They used implants inserted into the jawbone to hold these pieces of shell in place.

By studying ancient Mayan bones, researchers were able to develop dental implants. The modern titanium implant was first introduced in the 1950’s. It was implanted into the ears of rabbits. When trying to retrieve the implant, scientists discovered something interesting about the metal. Titanium is unique in that bone grows so close to the metal that it adheres to it. This means that after a certain amount of time a titanium implant cannot be removed. In 1969, the first human received a titanium dental implant.

Today, dentistry is using less metal and more ceramic in dental implants. Researchers have been studying materials such as zirconia for its suitability as a material for dental implants. Zirconia has an advantage over the currently popular titanium because it is closer in color to the enamel of teeth. It also has nearly the same chemical composition of titanium making it nearly as durable. Long-term testing is still needed, however, before zirconium can be considered a replacement for titanium.

There are several reasons why a person may need a dental implant. It can be used to replace one or more teeth without affecting the bordering teeth. It can support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture. It can also provide support for a denture and make it more secure and comfortable.

Dental implants may sound scary. After all, who wants something inserted into their jawbone? That is pretty terrifying to think about! The professionals at East Harlem Dental Plaza, however, make it much less scary. They are able to do the entire procedure in one visit and make it as painless as possible. The procedure can fix many dental problems and make your mouth look more brilliant and beautiful.