If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering if you should consider dental implants as a worthwhile option to replace your missing teeth. This is just one of a number of treatment protocols available to you that will result in the replacement of a natural tooth or teeth that are no longer in your mouth, but one that more and more dental patients are turning to when faced with the question of how to restore a missing tooth.
In order to determine if dental implants will be a good option for you, there are a few things you should consider. One of the most primary considerations, of course, is to first find out whether or not you are even a good candidate for implants. This is best determined by having a consultation with your dentist during which time he or she can review your dental history and look over x-rays to assess your bone health and where your nerves lie in relation to the jawbone, as well discussing other details that may affect whether or not implants are a viable option for you.
Assuming you are a good candidate, the next consideration for you should be to evaluate the benefits you can gain from implants as compared to other types of dental procedures. For example, if you need to replace just a single tooth, a dental implant can allow your dentist to do so without jeopardizing the health or strength of any surrounding teeth. This is due to the fact that during the procedure, a titanium rod is surgically implanted into your jawbone which once healed, serves as a post to permanently secure a replacement tooth without the need for the restoration to affect any adjacent teeth. In contrast, if you instead opt for a dental bridge, another common procedure for replacing a single missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will have to be ground down substantially to serve as abutments for crowns that secure the bridge on either side of the replacement tooth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, dental implants can serve to permanently secure a full or partial bridge in your mouth rather than having to wear a removable apparatus which can be uncomfortable and unnatural looking and can also affect your speech and your bite. Permanently adhering a series of replacement teeth in your mouth by affixing them to titanium posts that are strategically implanted into your jawbone can make any span of “new teeth” look and feel as natural as if they were your own.
An additional benefit to consider is something you can’t actually see or feel but which can have a major impact on your oral health. This benefit affects bone health. When bone is not used, as is the case when a tooth is extracted or falls out, the bone begins to atrophy and ensuing bone loss can occur. If missing teeth are replaced by bridges or dentures, this bone loss may be an unfortunate consequence. However, during the dental implant procedure, the titanium post serves the same function as if the natural tooth was rooted to the jawbone, and once implanted, new bone begins to surround the post, which protects bone health.
Other factors to consider when deciding if dental implants are a good option for your particular situation include the impact of the procedure itself, which is more invasive than other tooth restoration procedures, as well as the cost. However, these factors should be weighed against the many benefits offered before deciding if dental implants are right for you.
For more information about dental implants or to meet with a cosmetic dentist in Bayside Queens, NY for a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, contact Gentle Dental at 718-461-0100.