What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial devices inserted into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They are often used as an alternative to fixed bridges or removable dentures. If you’re missing teeth, dental implants can be used to anchor replacement teeth, enhancing your smile and improving your quality of life.
What are the benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can help restore an attractive, well-functioning smile. There are many other benefits to replacing missing teeth with dental implants aside from the aesthetic improvement they can make to your smile.
Dental implants are better for your dental health than bridges because more of your natural teeth are unaffected. Bridges and dentures, which are other common treatment methods for the loss of several teeth, require support from adjacent teeth that can often cause damage. Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth because they do not require neighboring teeth for support.
Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. Dental implants are permanent, so they do not move around like removable dentures, causing gum irritation and trouble eating certain foods.
How do Dental Implants work?
A dental implant is a titanium substitute for the tooth root that is missing. During a surgical procedure, the metal implant, which looks like a screw or a cylinder, is placed directly into the upper or lower jawbone. Over the course of several months, the implant integrates into the surrounding bone, making it stable enough to support a crown. During this healing process, a temporary teeth replacement option can be worn over the implant sites. Once the implant has integrated into the bone, an impression is taken to create a permanent crown that sits on top of the implant.
What can I expect after getting my Dental Implant?
Dental implants function like natural teeth, so they require the same dental hygiene care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, you will need to brush and floss regularly. You will need to come in for periodic follow-up visits so we can monitor your implant, teeth, and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Implants?
Ideally, candidates for dental implants will be in good general and oral health. Since the implant is inserted directly into the jaw, candidates for the procedure must have adequate bone density in the jaw to support the implant. Dental implants are connected with the gum tissues and underlying bone in the mouth, so candidates should also have healthy gums that are free of periodontal disease.
How can I learn more about Dental Implants?
Our dentists at ECO Dental NY will be happy to discuss Dental Implants with you. Please feel free to call (718) 368-3368 or schedule an appointment online in our Huntington Office.