How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are often the very best solution to missing teeth.

  • Dental implants start with titanium posts implanted into the jawbone below the empty tooth socket.
  • The bone bonds with the post, forming a solid foundation.
  • The post is capped with a crown made of material that looks, feels, and functions just like a real tooth!

How Dental Implants Work

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions about dental implants are discussed.

Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that his or her teeth appear natural and facial contours are preserved.

The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that often occurs when teeth are missing.

The popularity of dental implants has increased in recent years due to their ability to restore natural looks and function. Implantation is one of the most predictable and long-lasting methods to replace missing teeth. Dental implants allow for a missing tooth to be replaced without having to grind down the adjacent teeth. They act to stimulate the bone where a tooth has been lost in order to prevent bone resorption in these areas.

Dr. Scharf has received extensive training in implantology. He has been successfully placing implants since 1988 and, through continuing education, is abreast of the most current information on implant dentistry. In recognition of his expertise in the area of dental implants, Dr. Scharf is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry, where he trains dental specialists in the art and science of placing and restoring dental implants.

Dr. Scharf's expertise in implants is recognized overseas as well. He has lectured on the latest techniques in implant dentistry in such far-off places as India and Korea. Dr. Scharf is the Founder and President of the Long Island Dental Implants Study Club, an educational organization whose mission is to keep restorative dentists current on the latest developments in dental implants.