Dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth.
If you are currently dealing with missing teeth and must make a decision on how to replace them, you should consider dental implants. They are the most effective and natural solution available today. More and more people in the United States are choosing teeth implants over bridges and removable dentures.
Corbin dental in Bayside, NY offers full services for implants, all under one roof.
What is a Dental Implant?
The phrase ‘dental implants’ is loosely used to refer to the entire tooth replacement unit. The implant itself is just one component. There are actually three parts that connect together to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a post-like structure that has threads like a screw. It is literally screwed into the jaw bone during a surgical procedure.
A single implant is used to replace one tooth and many implants are used to replace multiple teeth. Connected to the implant is a small piece called an abutment. This part is used as the connector piece from the implant to the dental prosthesis. The type of restoration used will depend on how many teeth the patient is missing.
The Best Solution For Missing Teeth
What sets dental implants apart from other options is the fact that they preserve the natural bone which stimulates bone growth. They essentially perform the same job as the missing tooth’s root. This lack of stimulation that you see with other option is what leads to bone loss in the jaw. That bone loss is what ages a person’s appearance significantly, creating that sunken in look on their face.
Dental implants also allow the patient to chew food with greater force allowing the patient to eat a variety of food. Since the implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone, this creates a very durable and permanent bond to support the restoration.
Many patients choose dental implants because they release them from the hassle and embarrassment of wearing dentures. Dentures are known to be hard to get used to and difficult to care for. They can also create embarrassing situation when they slip around in the mouth which leads to slurred speech and fear of them falling out.
What to Expect: The Dental Implants Process
The dental implant process will consist of a customized planning phase, at least one surgical procedure, months of healing time, and then the actual creating and attachment of the dental prosthesis. It is hard to estimate the length of time the entire process will take without a full evaluation and a review of oral health history.
Each patient will need a thorough evaluation in order for their dentist to create a treatment plan. Our Bayside, NY dentist office uses 3-D scanning to get a better picture of the patient’s oral structure. It allows us to see the available jaw bone so that the implants can be accurately placed.
Next is the actual surgical placement of the dental implants into the jaw bone. After the surgery, there is a three to six month healing period. During this time, the implants and the bone surrounding them will fuse together creating that durable bond. We will monitor the patient during the healing period. We may also place a temporary restoration for aesthetic reasons depending on the location of the missing teeth.
Once the implants have fused with the jaw bone, the next step is to place the abutments and the final dental prosthesis. Depending on the number of teeth missing and their location, the restoration will be a dental crown, a dental bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture.