Did you know that about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? If you’re one of them, you’re probably interested in your options for replacement.
At Brooklyn City Dental, our team of experts consider dental implants the gold standard when it comes to replacing missing teeth. That’s because dental implants offer the important benefit of protecting your jawbone. Here’s how.
Whether you lost your tooth or teeth through gum disease, injury, tooth decay, or something else, the result is the same. You have gaps where you should have teeth. The longer you’re missing teeth, the more chance you have of developing these problems:
These are all serious issues, but if they aren’t enough to convince you, consider this: The gaps between your teeth can allow your other teeth to shift and move, causing a potential cascade of issues.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is implanted into your gum, so that it fuses to your jawbone, serving as a prosthetic tooth root. The post is topped with a crown that looks like a natural tooth, which restores your ability to talk, chew, and smile with confidence.
With an implant, you get a number of benefits, including not having to worry about your dentures slipping, easily maintaining proper dental hygiene, and most importantly, not having to worry about bone loss.
Every time you bite down with your natural tooth, the root stimulates your jawbone, which keeps the blood flowing, so it stays strong. When you’re missing a tooth or teeth, you lose tissue, and your other teeth can shift.
An implant provides that stimulation that’s necessary for keeping your jawbone healthy. It also prevents your other teeth from moving, giving you stability.
Most people think of pretty much any other bone in their body when they think about bone strength, but your jawbone is a key to oral health and to maintaining your appearance as well as your beautiful smile.
There are three important steps to getting a dental implant. The first one is a thorough consultation and examination. If you’ve been missing a tooth or teeth for some time, it’s possible you’ve already lost some bone. In that case, you may need a bone graft.
If you have enough bone structure to go ahead with the implant, the next step is placing the post. Once that’s done, you go home to heal. Over time, your jawbone fuses to the implant in a process called osseointegration.
The final step is having a crown permanently placed on the implant. The crown is custom-made to match your other teeth and gives you the ability to speak, chew, and smile just as you would if you had your natural tooth.
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, schedule an appointment for a consultation today. Our care team is dedicated to helping you enjoy the best dental health possible. You can call to schedule at 718-383-0024, or use our online scheduling tool.