The dental implant has proven to be a revolutionary solution for replacing a missing tooth for more than four decades. It is the solution that bears the closest resemblance to your natural tooth, both in appearance and in function. The implant is also the most conservative choice in terms of its impact on the neighboring teeth.
Patients who select the dental implant to replace a missing tooth must be healthy enough to undergo a simple procedure involving oral surgery in Forest Hills. Our oral surgeon can place a single implant tooth in the location of the missing tooth, with no damage or modification to the natural teeth.
Part of the appeal of the dental implant is its similarity to a natural tooth. Once your oral surgeon places the implant post into the jaw bone, it becomes permanently fused into place. The result is an artificial tooth root which is approximately the same size and the same shape as the natural tooth root. After the completion of the initial healing period, a dental crown can be placed atop the implant post, and normal chewing and biting can be resumed.
In contrast, the dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth, although its inherent risks have begun to outweigh its benefits. A bridge is designed to restore the lost chewing surface by forming a link between the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. In order to stabilize the bridge, at least two natural teeth must be reduced in size and capped with dental crowns. This solution often results in a bulky restoration which can be as much as three times the size of the original tooth!
Although the dental bridge was once the best available permanent tooth replacement choice, the dental implant now claims that title as a result of its clinical and esthetic success. The implant, with its streamlined design and high level of functionality, is so amazingly natural-looking that it can be difficult to discern from a natural tooth.
It is easy to appreciate the advantages of the dental implant compared to a dental bridge, but it is still important to discuss your needs with your oral surgeon in order to determine which treatment is ultimately best for you. Call 718.544.8787 for your appointment today.