Dental Implants: The Best Method For Teeth Restoration
It happened – you lost a tooth or several of them. It could have been from an accident, like a fall or an errant throw at a sporting event, or it could have been due to gum disease. Whatever the case, after talking to a New York dentist, you should think about getting dental implants.
Why? You may still not be sure about why dental implants would be the best solution for you. What makes them better than dentures?
Here’s why dental implants are the best method for teeth restoration.
Bone Atrophy (Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw)
One thing that people often have to worry about with dentures is bone atrophy. While the dentures do fill the mouth, they are just resting on the gumline, allowing things to continue happening underneath. That loss of bone mass can then make the dentures get loose and shift around. This will lead to constant re-lining of the dentures and new ones need to be constantly made.
That is generally not the case when it comes to dental implants. If there is enough bone mass to begin with, then the Queens dentist will put a titanium screw into the jawbone and the two will fuse in a process called osseointegration. This will keep bone atrophy to a minimum if it occurs at all. Dental implants have a high success rate for this reason.
Dental Implants Replace Both The Root & Crown Of The Missing Tooth
Dentures just fill the empty space, but there is still nothing in the jaw. That’s not the case with dental implants. The aforementioned titanium screw acts as a root for the implant – an abutment is put over the screw – and then the crown is put on top of that. All of this allows the dental implant to function as a normal tooth would. People can eat and drink nearly everything that they did before the procedure.
People should be conscientious of what they do eat and drink though – no hard candies, ice, or other hard foods. The replacement crown is durable, but it is not unbreakable. Also, depending on where the dental implant is, it would be a good idea to think about not drinking anything that might wind up staining the implant. Otherwise, a dental implant can last up to 25 years, which is a lot longer than a denture.
Tooth Implants Won’t Get Cavities
This good news comes with a warning, though. Do not ignore the area where the dental implant was done. It’s important to brush and floss daily, since gum disease can still affect the area. While the crown itself may be impervious to getting a cavity, the surrounding teeth are still susceptible to tooth decay and other issues. Maintain a regular dental routine and this will not be a problem.
Implants Are Necessary After a Tooth Extraction Surgery
While it might be tempting to try to get by without the implant, leaving an open space in one’s mouth is a bad idea for several reasons.
- It can make eating very difficult, since the missing tooth can make chewing a harder task
- There is a risk of damaging teeth on the side that is not missing teeth since people often overcompensate and bite harder on that side
- Other teeth will shift to try to fill that space
There is a bit of a waiting period after the extraction to allow the jaw to heal. Then, the Queens dentist will fully clean the area and insert the titanium screw to start the process.
One thing that might be a concern to people is the cost of a dental implant. Yes, they can be more expensive than dentures, but they more than pay for themselves in the long run thanks to their durability. Dentists also offer payment plans so that the patient will not have to do one lump sum and can go easier on their bank account.
Yes, the process for dental implants can be a long one, since there is a several week waiting period in between the procedures like when the screw is inserted. Again, the ability to have what is a natural tooth again as opposed to having to remove the dentures nightly and soaking them can outweigh the amount of time waiting.
Need A Permanent Solution For Tooth Loss? Contact Our Dentists In Queens, NY
Do you need a permanent solution for tooth loss? Contact our dentists in Queens, NY. Dr. Robert M. Trager can help you. Come see him at JFK-LGA Dentist and he will gladly help you. Give him a call today to make an appointment – 718-656-4747.