Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.


Understanding the Dental Implant Process

If you have experienced tooth loss, whether you’ve lost one tooth or several, dental implants can be the ideal alternative to dentures. Implants are long-lasting, look natural, and don’t require any special care, which makes them popular with patients and dentists alike. If your dentist has recommended this restorative dentistry procedure to you, here is what you can expect from the process.

Placement of the Post

The first step in getting dental implants is placing a small, titanium post that will act as an artificial tooth root. To place the post, your dentist will open your gum in the area of your tooth loss and drill down so that the post can be placed in your jaw bone. After the post is placed, you will wait for an amount of time determined by your dentist to allow the post to fuse with your bone in a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration ensures that the post is held in place as firmly as a tooth root would be so that your dental implant is secure. You will receive local anesthesia for this procedure for your comfort.

Placement of the Abutment

When your dentist is confident that osseointegration has occurred, he or she will reopen the gum to expose the post and attach an abutment. The abutment is the bridge between your artificial tooth root and the crown that will form the top surface of your implants. This procedure will also be performed with local anesthesia.

Placement of the Crown

The crown is the final step in getting dental implants. This is the part of the implant that people will see when you smile. Because your dentist will create the crown to match your natural teeth, no one will be able to tell that you have an implant. Sometimes, a dental crown can be placed during the same appointment as an abutment, while in other cases, your dentist may allow your gums to heal for a few weeks before attaching the crown.

Dr. Charles Marks is an expert in restorative dentistry in New York and can provide you with natural-looking implants so you can feel confident in your smile. Make an appointment for a consultation by calling (212) 279-1232.


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347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

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