Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be the tooth replacement solution for you. An implant replaces a missing tooth with a structure involving a titanium screw and post and an artificial crown. Although patients have multiple options to fill in the gap left by a tooth that has fallen out or been extracted, implants are the best choice for many patients.
Implants offer many benefits to patients. Because the titanium screw is inserted into the jaw, it helps to hold the jaw bone in place, just as a natural tooth’s root does. Other tooth replacement options, such as bridges and dentures, do not offer such a structure, and the jaw bone can wear away over time.
If you’re looking for a tooth replacement that blends well with the appearance of your natural teeth, dental implants are superior to other options, as well. Not only does an implant function like a natural tooth, it also looks like one. The artificial crown can be designed to mimic the shade and shape of the natural teeth. Dentures often slip and shift, while bridges often differ noticeably from the rest of the smile. Furthermore, a bridge requires the patient to sacrifice healthy enamel from neighboring teeth so that crowns can be placed to anchor the bridge.
The implant process is a relatively simple one, as well. An implant dentist will place the implants in an appointment at the dental office. Implants are also quite durable. With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. In fact, it is actually easier to care for implants than other tooth replacement alternatives. Because the implant fits into the mouth in the same way as a natural tooth, you can brush and floss normally, helping to keep the teeth and gums clear of bacteria and plaque.
To learn more about dental implants in Nassau County, contact our implant dentistry team to schedule a consultation.