Implants Professional

Michael Shakin, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

Today’s dental implants use innovative materials and advanced design technology, making them a great (and popular) option for patients who’ve lost a tooth. As a top-ranked dentist in Staten Island, NY, Dr. Michael Shakin has advanced training and experience in implants, helping patients feel more confident following tooth loss.

Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges, used to replace teeth lost to trauma, decay or disease. The implant itself is a strong, metal post that’s implanted into the jaw bone where it fuses with the natural bone material. The post uses a special attachment, called an abutment, to secure an artificial tooth or crown tinted and shaped to blend in with neighboring teeth for a comfortable fit and natural appearance.

What happens during the dental implant procedure?

In most cases, the dental implant procedure can be completed in three visits. At the first appointment, Dr. Shakin will implant the post into the jaw bone. For several weeks, it will remain undisturbed while the bone tissue fuses with the post, so it becomes stable and secure. Then at the second appointment, Dr. Shakin will attach the abutment piece to the post and make an impression, which will then be sent to a lab that specializes in implant crowns. At the third office visit, he’ll attach the crown to the abutment and adjust it for a comfortable fit.

How do dental implants compare to bridges and dentures?

Because the crown is secured to the jaw, implants tend to be much more stable, compared to dentures and bridges, eliminating embarrassing slippage or painful sore spots. Plus, because they’re designed more like natural teeth, they also tend to be more comfortable. Dental implants are also easier to care for, requiring just regular brushing and flossing, and routine dental cleanings to keep gum disease at bay. And finally, because the post is implanted into the jaw, it acts like a natural tooth root to stimulate the normal replacement of bone tissue, helping to avoid bone atrophy that can lead to additional tooth loss in the future. Dentures and bridges rest on top of the gums and do nothing to prevent bone atrophy that occurs once the natural tooth root is lost.