After suffering tooth loss, patients can experience a wide variety of complications aside from its effect on their smiles’ appearance. For example, the empty space in your smile can affect your bite’s balance. That imbalance can over-stress your jaw joints and damage your teeth. Also, the loss of your teeth roots can lead to diminished jawbone mass and density, which can lead to further tooth loss and become noticeable in your facial appearance (a condition known as facial collapse). Fortunately, dental implants offer patients in Astoria, NY, a viable solution for bouncing back from tooth loss by addressing all of the concerns that could impact your smile long-term.
What to Consider About Your Smile’s Future
Modern dental prostheses such as dental bridges and partial/full dentures are designed to help most patients recover most of their bite function following tooth loss. By replacing the visible portions of your lost teeth (known as the crowns), bridges and dentures can restore your ability to bite and chew your favorite foods again, pronounce your words clearly, and smile with utmost confidence. They even stop your remaining teeth from shifting out of balance and distorting your bite’s pressure distribution. However, without replacing your lost teeth roots, your jawbone can still lose mass and density due to lack of stimulation. This means you may still lose more teeth, and you may still experience the visual effects of facial collapse.
What’s the Most Effective Solution?
Made from highly lifelike materials, like dental porcelain, modern bridges and dentures still offer an optimal solution for addressing tooth loss when coupled with dental implants. The biocompatible titanium posts are inserted into your jawbone, which then heals to them over the course of several months. Afterward, your dentist can secure your bridge or denture to the posts, creating a solution that replaces the roots as well as the visible crowns of your lost teeth to help you fully bounce back from tooth loss.
Have You Lost One or More Teeth?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then ask us if dental implants can help your smile fully bounce back. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.