After losing a tooth, you may feel that enjoying the many benefits of a complete smile is impossible. Fortunately, advancements in modern dentistry have made way for an incredibly natural looking and durable replacement for lost teeth. The days of removable and obvious prosthetic teeth are gone. Patients can now enjoy restored oral function and an attractive smile with dental implants. These permanent replacement teeth are fully biocompatible with oral structures such as bone and gums and can last for a lifetime. Our dentist is proud to offer this life-changing service to patients in our area.
How are dental implants different from dentures or bridges?
The biggest difference between traditional prosthetics like bridges or dentures and dental implants is the fact that implants replace lost tooth structure that lies below the surface of the gums. While bridges and dentures rest on top of the gums, implants are surgically embedded directly into the jawbone where a tooth’s roots should be. With a small titanium post, the initial component of the implant serves as a stable replacement for the roots of teeth and will later anchor a prosthetic crown. A crown is a tooth-shaped custom restoration that can be made from natural looking materials such as ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. By addressing the loss of structures below and above the gums, patients can enjoy a full, balanced diet and an attractive appearance.
What are the health benefits of dental implants?
Implants provide benefits that traditional prosthetics cannot. Since the implant is embedded into the jawbone, patients are less likely to lose more teeth from bone atrophy. By supporting bone mass, patients will also retain the proper shape of their jaw line. Implants also prevent further tooth loss by supporting neighboring teeth, preventing them from shifting into empty tooth sockets. Since these replacement teeth are permanent, patients can enjoy easy oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing.
To discuss your tooth replacement options, contact our skilled team at 516-484-6600 today to schedule your professional consultation.