While some may think of dental implants simply as a means of replacing missing teeth, the fact is that this advanced tooth replacement technique allows individuals to reveal their true smiles by providing them with teeth that look and feel as natural as if they were their own. This tooth replacement option is the leading choice for aesthetic tooth restorations due to the fact that no other option can result in a replacement tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from a person’s real tooth.
The secret to the impressive results offered by dental implants is that the implant itself serves the same purpose as the root of a natural tooth – firmly holding the tooth in place along the gum line while securing the tooth firmly into the jawbone. Rather than this being done with natural tooth and bone, as is the case in a real tooth, the process is carried out using a small titanium rod that is surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw. As the surgical site heals, natural bone surrounds the implantation to make the post as secure in the mouth as if it were an actual tooth root.
Once the titanium rod is secure and the surgical site has fully healed, a false tooth can be fabricated to look just like a person’s existing teeth. With advances in modern dentistry, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between a fabricated tooth and an actual tooth. Once the fabrication is completed, the tooth is then firmly secured to the titanium post, looking as if it were an actual tooth and functioning in the same way.
With no wires or attachments to look at or feel, a person can be as comfortable as if they had never lost a tooth in the first place! Functions like eating, chewing, biting and speaking will feel natural and comfortable. When the person parts those lips to share their smile with the world, no one will be able to notice that they have one or more fake teeth in their mouth.
This tooth restoration option is also an excellent option for those at risk of bone loss. When teeth are missing and the underlying bone no longer has a function to perform (namely holding the teeth in place), the bone can atrophy, leading to bone loss. If teeth are replaced using a restoration that simply sits along the gum line (such as a dental bridge), the bone still has no use and atrophy can intensify. However, since the titanium rod of an implant functions much in the same way as an actual tooth root, securing a tooth into the bone of the jaw, the bone does not atrophy because it has a function to perform. In fact, in many cases, additional bone will form and the surrounding bone will strengthen as the surgical site heals.
With such impressive results, dental implants are being used not only for teeth that are lost due to extensive tooth decay, injury or accident but can also be used to replace severely damaged teeth to provide more aesthetically-pleasing results. No matter what they are used for, dental implants can help individuals reveal their true smiles with confidence.
For more information about dental implants, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.