It’s never too late to restore your smile to its very best, and have you looking and feeling better than ever. Implants look and feel like regular teeth, so you’ll be able to enjoy the appearance and functionality you want most from them.
Dental implants contain two key elements that are connected together to form the entire tooth replacement. The first is a titanium post. Titanium is a biocompatible material meaning that it is almost never rejected by the body. This post is inserted into the jaw bone beneath where the missing tooth would be. The disruption to the bone to place the post stimulates it to grow around it, securing it permanently in place. This process is known as osseointegration and is an essential component of the dental implant process. The success of the procedure hinges on its success. For this reason, our dental team will need to be satisfied that osseointegration has been successful before you will be fitted with the second element of your implant – the artificial tooth. After fitting your implant post, you will be given a temporary crown until osseointegration has been confirmed.
The second element of dental implants is the visible portion of the tooth. This is made from a porcelain crown that has been custom-designed to perfectly fit in the space where your tooth is missing. This is then attached to the implant post, which protrudes up through the gums. This completes the dental implant.
Benefits of dental implants
There are a range of reasons why dental implants are becoming the preferred solution for tooth replacement for many patients. Here are some of the key benefits you can experience when choosing dental implants.
- A strong, permanent and discreet solution
Once in place, implants are permanent. Since they are anchored to the jaw bone, they are immovable, and patients do not need to worry about their teeth coming loose when they eat, drink, laugh, kiss, sneeze and more. This enables them to get on with their lives without compromise. It also means no embarrassing slips that cause them to feel self-conscious.
Since each dental implant replaces a missing tooth in its entirety without relying on support from surrounding teeth, they are considered much more comfortable than any other solution. In fact, most patients soon forget that their implant isn’t actually a natural tooth.
- Improved oral health
Dental implants cannot be taken out to be cleaned. However, you can brush and floss them just like natural teeth, making it easy to stay on top of your dental hygiene. Better still, since they are made from artificial material, you don’t need to worry about them developing a cavity.
Dental implants have been shown to be the most durable and long-lasting of all prosthetics, and with proper care and attention, your implant could last you more than 25 years.
If you have a gap in your teeth that is causing you to feel embarrassed about your smile, or if it is affecting the way that you use your teeth, you could benefit from dental implants. To discover if you are a good candidate for this highly effective tooth loss solution, please don’t hesitate to contact our New York offices to schedule a consultation with our experienced and reassuring implant specialist.