Losing one, several, or all of your teeth can seem less intimidating if you already know what you should do afterwards. Unfortunately, not everyone does, and even those who know they should replace their lost teeth might not know the best way to do so. In most cases, dental implants can offer a more comprehensive solution than other options, such as dental bridges and conventional dentures. To help you understand why, we offer answers to a few common questions about dental implants and what they can do.
What Makes Dental Implants So Special?
How important is replacing a lost tooth’s root?
When you replace the visible part, or crown, of a tooth, you do more than restore your smile’s appearance; you also restore balance, which your bite needs to work properly without damaging your other teeth. When you replace a tooth’s root with a dental implant, however, you restore the part of the tooth that helped keep your jawbone strong. With the support of a dental implant, your replacement crown or other dental prosthesis can help reduce your risks of further tooth loss.
How closely can an implant imitate a natural tooth root?
A dental implant is made from biocompatible material, frequently titanium, that your jawbone accepts as genuine. After the root-shaped implant is inserted into your jawbone, it will gradually fuse to the titanium post, making it a permanent part of the jawbone like a natural tooth root.
Are there specific advantages to dental implant restorations?
Because conventional replacement teeth, such as bridges and dentures, rely on clasps or the support of your dental ridge, they are not as stable as your natural teeth and their roots. By mimicking the natural support system of your teeth, dental implants offer a number of unique advantages, including;
- Lifelike comfort and stability
- Realistic fit and appearance
- Improved dental health
- Stimulation that helps maintain your jawbone’s strength
- And more
ABOUT YOUR ASTORIA, NY, DENTIST:
Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, a native New Yorker, has welcomed patients and families from in and around Astoria, NY (including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all surrounding communities) since opening his dental practice in 1991. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leibowitz, call our office in Astoria today at 718-728-8320.