The Chelsea Dental Group
Pauline Vu, DDS
Dentist located in Chelsea, New York, NY
At her practice, The Chelsea Dental Group, Dr. Vu provide a wide variety of services to replace missing teeth, repair teeth which have been damaged, and stabilize loose teeth. Patient throughout Chelsea and New York City can trust Dr. Vu to address their concerns using advanced treatments such as dental implants.
Dental Implants Q & A
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are devices which are used by dentists to replace missing teeth, anchor dentures and overdentures, and secure bridges. They provide long-lasting solutions which help the person’s jaw bone remain strong and stable. The implants are made from titanium because the metal has proved to be very compatible with human bones. The implant post is planted into the person’s jaw bone where the tooth is missing and a crown is placed on the top. This allows it to be a very natural-looking prosthetic. Dentures, bridges, and overdentures can also be held in place by connecting them to the dental implants.
How Are Dental Implants Installed?
The placement of a dental implant usually requires three visits to the dentist. During the first visit, they post will be implanted into the jaw in the place where the tooth is missing. The post is then allowed to fuse with the bone for a few weeks. This makes the implant sturdy and strong in addition to the fact that it stimulates the bone ensuring that it stays strong. Since the post stimulates the bone it also helps to prevent bone loss and keep the mouth structure in good shape. During the second visit, the implant abutment will be placed. The abutment is the connector for the crown, denture, or bridge. An impression of the area will also be made and sent to a lab where the crown to tooth prosthetic will be made. Lastly, the denture, bridge, or crown is attached to the implant and buffed to ensure it fits perfectly.
How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?
When cared for properly, dental implants can last quite a long time. The implant is designed to truly replace the missing tooth and should last at least as long as a natural tooth. It is important to remember to care for the gum around the implant to ensure it lasts.
Insurances We Accept
We accept most commercial insurance providers. For more information, please call our office.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Pauline Vu is fantastic. She is informative, relaxing, and light-hearted...Her staff is cheery and easy going and I always walk out with a...smile on my face."
"Dr. Vu always makes me feel special, managing to remember discussions we had at my most recent visit...I highly recommend Dr. Vu and her team..."
"Great place and great staff. Wonderful service and extremely helpful staff. Highly recommended! Love Dr. Vu too!"
"Dr. Vu is sweet, and she's got such a cute office! I think I'm probably a difficult patient at times, but if the staff think so, they never show it."