It is important to want to maintain your natural smile. Just because you age or had an injury that caused the loss of a tooth doesn’t mean you should be stuck with a smile you aren’t confident about. Instead, a variety of dental implant options are available.
So, whether you are missing one tooth – or multiple teeth – you can benefit from what dental implants can do.
Dental Implants: What Are They?
Dental implants offer a natural-looking, artificial alternative to a real tooth. An implant is placed in the bone to hold the tooth steadily in place. Once the “root” is implanted and has had time to fuse to the bone, a crown is placed on top.
Acting and functioning like the real thing, these implants blend in well with your real teeth. No one will know the difference unless you tell them.
A few reasons that dental implants seem to be the go-to option for people are the fact that they:
- Keep your nearby teeth from moving.
- Allow you to speak and eat like normal.
- Won’t shift, slip, or pop out.
- Are easy to clean and brush – just like your real teeth.
- Can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Many of these things can’t be said for other artificial tooth/teeth options.
Different Types of Dental Implants
Depending on your situation, you may require only one implant or you may require implants for an entire set of new teeth. Whatever your needs, there are dental implant options available to you.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
As their name suggests, single tooth dental implants replace a single tooth. This is a great option for those who are only missing one tooth – or single teeth that are not adjacent to one another.
This dental implant can make its way into the mouth without standing out or looking at all different. Instead, it blends in well with the rest of the teeth — and it fills the empty space to keep the teeth around it from moving. Full functionality is regained as if it were a real tooth.
Multiple Dental Implants
Multiple dental implants are ideal for those missing a few or all of their teeth. Using individual, single tooth dental implants is not ideal. Therefore, options such as implant-supported bridges or dentures can be very beneficial.
Implant-supported bridges are for those missing 3 or more adjacent teeth. This bridge will give all the benefits of a dental implant, filling in all the missing teeth. Two implants are required at either end of the bridge with artificial teeth in the middle.
Implant-supported dentures take away the need for paste or adhesive to hold them in place and, instead, give a sturdier denture (full or partial), that will be comfortable and unshifting. These dentures are typically secured by only 4 implants.
No matter what type of multiple dental implants you opt for, you will get a natural look that is both aesthetic and functional.
Learn About Dental Implants at Glassman Dental Care
Dental implants can not only boost confidence, but they make your bite feel better and eating easier. It is safe to say that they can increase your overall quality of life.
If you have any questions about dental implants or would like to know more, contact Glassman Dental Care today at (212) 787-4860. Or schedule an appointment online.