How Much Do You Know About the Process of Dental Implant Treatment? Part 2

Welcome back!  For those of you who have been following this blog for any length of time. You know that this blog is long-standing in its devotion to the education of Dr. Scharf’s patients as well as his readers, regardless of how long you’ve been with us.  Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who understands the importance of keeping his followers up-to-date on new technology and any more modern research into the deep dark world of gum disease and how it can influence the lives of those afflicted with it.  Last week, we began a new article series on the process of dental implant treatment in which we hope to familiarize you with incredible more modern technology for the permanent replacement of missing teeth. So, without further ado, let’s get started on this journey down the road leading to the process of dental implant treatment.

More About Dental Implants

Last week, we concluded our blog post with a promise to talk about how dental implants work in our next post.  Today, we are making good on the statement and will be discussing how dental implants are designed to work. Last time, we talked about what dental implants are, explaining that they are the best replacement option for replacing missing teeth, whether the need is to replace single missing teeth or multiple ones.  But, in the explanation, we did not tell you exactly what a dental implant is because we felt that information would fit better into the scope of today’s blog post.

What Dental Implants Are

What dental implants are and what they do is pretty nifty when you think about it.  Dental implants are surgically positioned titanium screws into the jawbone in a space where the tooth or teeth are missing.  The titanium screw bonds or fuses with the surrounding jawbone, creating a robust and permanent anchor for the mounting of the artificial tooth or teeth.  The fused strength of the titanium screw with the jawbone creates a “root” which is strong enough to hold the replacement tooth and allow the chewing mechanism to work as designed by the Creator.

How Dental Implants Work

Solidly placed and fused tightly with the surrounding bony tissue, the dental implant can be, depending upon your oral health, stronger than your natural ones.  This permanent attachment eliminates the normal shifting to which natural teeth are prone, keeping the environment in your mouth more stable. These dental implants do not cause the sore spots, gagging and poor ridges which are common to dentures, nor do they fall prey to the problems that infections in the anchor teeth for bridges, whether fixed or removable, can cause.  Under these circumstances, the bridge anchor teeth can fail, requiring them to be removed and either redesigning of the bridge which was dependent upon them or another option to fill the gap thus created.

Next time, we will discuss the types of dental implants and how they work.  In the meantime, we urge you to get established with a dental professional for an appropriate evaluation of your oral health and that of each of your family members.  Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island, and in the role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any stage of development in any member of your family.  Call him at (631) 661-6633 or visit him online at and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser instead of a scalpel.


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