The Advanced Guide to Revamping Your Smile Using Dental Implants

The Advanced Guide to Revamping Your Smile Using Dental Implants

Nov 01, 2020

Do you have damaged or missing teeth that are tainting your smile? Then you should consider dental implants. Missing teeth are bad for your smile, but even worse for your oral health. You might have speech issues, your face may look pruned at the jaw, and your other teeth may become loose. For these reasons, dental implants were invented.

Dental implants have been transforming many smiles for the past six decades. Implants are a permanent tooth replacement treatment that is highly popular and with good reason.

Let’s see why our dentist in Great Neck, NY, recommends restoring your teeth using dental implants.

It All About the Roots

Implants stand out from the other tooth replacement options simply because they replace your tooth’s root. Implants are titanium posts that are nearly the size of an average tooth root. They are surgically inserted in your jawbone by our Great Neck dentist.

This is what gives them an edge since all the other restorations focus on replacing the visible part of the tooth. For implants to be effective at what they do, they are made of three distinct parts:

  • A titanium implant, which is placed in your jawbone.
  • An abutment, which is a connector that is fixed on the implant and acts as a link between the implant and the dental prosthesis
  • A dental prosthesis, which is screwed on the abutment and is the visible part of the implant. This can be a dental crown, dentures, or bridge.

What Can Implants Do?

Implants are a versatile tooth replacement treatment. They can be used as:

  • A Single Tooth Replacement

If you have lost a single tooth, we can replace it from the root to the crown. This is the best option when you have a number of missing teeth in different locations that are not adjacent to each other. However, if you need to replace multiple teeth adjacent to each other, then the next option will be more appropriate.

  • Multiple Teeth Replacement

When replacing multiple teeth that are adjacent to each other, it’s best if you go for the implant-supported bridge. This option will save you time and money as compared to using a single tooth replacement.

A dental bridge typically consists of two artificial teeth on either side of the missing tooth; then, in the middle, there is a crown attached.

  • Full-Mouth Dental Implants

If you need to replace all of your teeth in an arch, our Great Neck dentist offers All-on-4® dental implants. Pressure of the denture on a patient’s gums translates to loss of bones over time. Implants, however, preserve the jawbone by stimulating the bone in a positive way with a positive stress. As opposed to traditional dentures, which are removable, implant-supported dentures cannot fall-out or move since they are attached to the implant.

Why Get Implants?

Most people go for implants because of the following:

  • Restores Your Normal Tooth Function

As you already know by now, implants replace the entire tooth. Since the implant replaces the root, it makes them stable and sturdy. Unlike dentures, you do not have to worry about implants moving or shifting in the mouth.

This stability allows you to chew food as though you never lost your teeth.

  • Improves Oral Health

Implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Then, through osseointegration, the titanium post fuses with your jawbone becoming a part of you. This helps stop any degenerative processes that may have begun when you lost your teeth.

It is natural for your bone to deteriorate when you lose your teeth. Dental implants are critical in stopping you from having a receding jawbone and loose teeth. They also maintain oral health since our dentist doesn’t need to disturb the other teeth so that the teeth can be supported.

Dental implants have to be maintained and cleaned with special scalers. It is recommended to see your hygienist every 3 months after receiving your dental implants. Dental implants require a commitment from the patient to continue their ongoing care for their oral health

  • Improves Speech

Dentures are known to shift and are quite uncomfortable. Your speech may be negatively affected by such movements. Also, having missing teeth can alter your speech. However, with implants, you do not have to worry about such issues since the implants are firmly anchored in your jawbone.

  • Boosts Self-Esteem

Having a mouth full of teeth that are well-aligned and functioning as they should is a huge confidence booster.

The Bottom Line

Dental implants can give you a permanent smile. They are the closest you can get to your natural teeth. Contact our dentist at Great Neck Dental Associates to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile and oral health.

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