Teach me more about dental implants:

As we explain on our dental implants page, there are three main components to a dental implant:

  1. The titanium fixture (sometimes simply referred to as “the implant”)
  2. The Implant Crown
  3. The abutment (the piece that connects the titanium fixture and the implant crown)


There are two different types of implant crowns: Cement retained implant crowns and Screw retained implant crowns.

Cement retained Implant Crown

In a cement-retained implant crown, the abutment and the implant crown are two separate pieces. First, the abutment is screwed directly into the dental implant itself. Afterwards, the implant crown is cemented onto the abutment.

Screw-Retained Implant Crown

In a screw-retained implant crown, the abutment, and the implant crown are fused into one piece. A screw passes through a small hole in the center of the crown in order to screw the fused abutment and crown directly into the implant. A cosmetic tooth-colored filling is then placed over the small screw hole to protect the screw.

Implant Bridges

When only one tooth is missing, we can replace it with a single cement-retained or screw retained implant crown. When multiple teeth are missing, we can replace them with either a screw retained implant bridge or a cement-retained implant bridge. We generally prefer to use screw-retained implant crowns and bridges if possible, but many times cement-retained crowns are chosen for cosmetic reasons.

Single Implant Crown and Implant Bridge

Are you missing teeth you would like to replace? If you think you may be a candidate for dental implants, Contact Us today. Moshman Dental, serving Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, and Carroll Gardens since 1949.

Why Do We Get Cleanings Twice Per Year?

There are many reasons that we get cleanings twice a year. In short:

1)     To clean hard buildup and deposits that neither a toothbrush nor floss can remove
2)     To screen for oral cancer
3)     To check for cavities

Cleaning Hard Buildup and Deposits

We all have bacteria in our mouths. When we eat food, so do the bacteria. This combination of bacteria and food is what we refer to as “dental plaque” or “biofilm.”  Plaque constantly builds up on our teeth and it is the culprit behind cavities and gum disease.  The bacteria especially love it when we eat sugary foods. Bacteria metabolize the sugar and produce acid, which eats away at our teeth.  This acid weakens (demineralizes) our teeth and causes cavities.

Our saliva contains calcium and phosphate ions, which helps remineralize (think “calcify”) our teeth and protect against the acid.  The calcium and phosphate in saliva don’t just work on teeth- they work on the dental plaque as well.  Over time the saliva turns the plaque into calculus, also referred to as tarter.  (Think of it as the calcium “calcifies” the dental plaque and we get calculus).  Dental plaque must be removed on a daily basis in order to minimize the amount of hard calculus that forms.  Plaque is removed by brushing and flossing.  Brushing removes the plaque on the outside of your teeth and gums and flossing removes the plaque caught between your teeth.

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Although brushing and flossing will greatly reduce the amount of dental tartar that forms, it can’t stop it completely.  Once calculus forms, it can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.  We have special instruments at Moshman Dental such as ultrasonics, dental scalers and curettes to help keep your teeth as clean as possible.

In Summary:
1) Bacteria + Food = Dental Plaque
2) When bacteria eat food, especially sugary food, they produce acid, which eats away at our teeth and causes cavities.
3) We have Calcium and Phosphate ions in our saliva that help to protect our teeth
4) The acid produced by bacteria demineralizes our teeth. The Calcium and Phosphate ions in saliva remineralize our teeth
5) Over time the soft dental plaque will become hard dental calculus, which only a dentist or registered dental hygienist can remove.

Checking for Cavities and Screening for Oral Cancer

During your dental visit every six months, after the registered dental hygienist has cleaned your teeth, the dentist doesn’t just come in to make sure everything is clean.  The dentist’s job is to make sure that not just your teeth, but your entire mouth is well and healthy.  We use our clinical exams and radiographs (x-rays) to check for any signs of dental cavities and gum disease as well as perform a thorough oral cancer screening.  During your dental checkups is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about Tooth Whitening, Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign, and any other aspect of dentistry that you want to learn more about.

If you are due for a dental visit, don’t hesitate to call our office at (718) 855-7545 and make an appointment.  Moshman Dental, serving Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, and Dumbo since 1949.

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