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Dental Implants 101

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Losing a tooth is never fun whether it is as a result of taking a hockey puck to the face or chewing on a hard candy. A missing tooth does not just change the way you look, it can also impact what you eat and even decrease your confidence to smile. People often turn to removable bridges and dentures when this occurs, but dental implants are the answer for those wanting a natural-looking, more-stable tooth replacement. While removable bridges and dentures might be the traditional way to replace a tooth, they can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to maintain.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small screws placed in the jawbone where a tooth is missing. Over the course of several months, these implants bond with the jawbone and create a durable foundation for new teeth. After the screws successfully bond with the bone, small posts are attached to them and then have artificial teeth placed over top. The result is replacement teeth that are strong, natural looking and durable.

Advantages of Dental Implants

When it comes to choosing between dental implants and dentures or removable bridges, there are several advantages that implants offer.

Dental implants are securely rooted in the jawbone, which allows you to eat any type of food. If you like caramels or other chewy foods, dental implants allow you to eat them like you normally would. If you tried biting into a caramel apple with dentures, you might find yourself toothless. That isn’t the case with sturdy, dental implants.

Another advantage of dental implants is that they preserve your facial structure and can prevent the jawbone from deterioration that may result from missing teeth. This type of deterioration is not only painful, but it can lead to extremely costly dental procedures down the road.

In addition, dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. With traditional dentures or bridgework, people find them uncomfortable and can be self-conscious about them. Most patients don’t realize the difference with secure dental implants and it allows them to smile with confidence once again.

Finally, dental implants do not need special care. You treat them just like normal teeth and don’t need to worry above removal, cleaning, replacement or damage to healthy adjacent teeth. With dentures or removal bridgework, there is a lot more maintenance and cleaning required. You already have enough to worry about in your normal daily routine, without worrying about adding another step.

Overall, dental implants are the healthier, stable, more convenient option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Risks of Dental Implants

There are many advantages to choosing dental implants over traditional dentures and bridgework, but there are also a few things to keep in mind. Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants do require surgery and might not be a good fit for everyone. It is important to consult with a dentist to determine if you are a good candidate. Dental implants can also be costlier depending on the type of implant and location. Keep in mind that they are extremely durable and can last a lifetime, unlike traditional bridges and dentures that will need periodic replacement.

Are you ready for a dental implant consultation?

If you or a family member needs to have a tooth replaced, Dr. Artin Sakhaee has extensive experience and can provide a strong, natural-looking dental implant. Instead of choosing an uncomfortable, less aesthetically pleasing option, let Dr. Sakhaee give you a lost lasting alternative.  Make an appointment for a dental implant consultation at our state-of-the-art dental facility in Kew Gardens, New York by calling us today at 718-441-2291.