If you’re self-conscious or physically uncomfortable because of missing teeth, your dentist can offer several tooth restoration options.
However, unlike bridges and dentures that can slip and feel uncomfortable, dental implants are permanent fixtures that last for decades—potentially for a lifetime with good oral hygiene and maintenance.
Best of all, dental implants look and function just like natural teeth.
What is a Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implant procedures are performed by dentists, oral surgeons, and periodontists. They involve placing a titanium screw-like post into the jawbone to anchor an artificial tooth. Dental implants can also function as an anchor to stabilize bridges or dentures if you’re missing multiple teeth.
The dental implant procedure is minimally invasive and takes place over a few separate appointments.
The first appointment typically involves your dentist making small holes in your jawbone to insert the four “posts” that anchor the titanium implant.
The posts are made up of two parts that screw together to help fuse the implant to your jawbone. Over the next few months, new bone grows around the posts and fuses them into your jawbone, securing the titanium post in place.
After an adequate healing time, your dentist will place a removable prosthesis over the implant that will serve as a replacement for your tooth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing one or more missing teeth, but they’re not suitable for everyone.
These are essential factors in determining whether dental implants would be the best option for you:
Tissue health: Dental implants require a strong underlying bone structure to support them. If you have gum disease or a lot of decay, you may not be a good candidate for dental implants. However, in many cases, we can begin by treating the gum disease or decay to get your mouth ready to receive dental implants.
Personal health: Before starting treatment, it’s imperative to discuss any medical conditions you may have with your dentist and advise of any medications you’re taking.
Oral health: It’s important to be in the habit of maintaining regular dental hygiene appointments and that you’re diligent about caring for your teeth and gums.
Advantages of Dental Implant Procedures
Dental implants have numerous advantages over other tooth restoration options:
- A dental implant can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.
- They’re designed to last for many years and can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Because they’re solidly anchored in the jawbone, dental implants won’t slip around in your mouth as dentures can.
- Most people with dental implants say that they feel like their natural teeth.
Restore Your Smile at Glassman Dental Care
You don’t have to be self-conscious about your smile. If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be the perfect solution to restore your smile, improve your overall oral health, and give your confidence a boost.If you’d like to know more about dental implants, contact Glassman Dental Care today, schedule your appointment online, or call (212) 787-4860.