While dental implants have many benefits, maintaining the integrity of the jawbone is on the top of the list. When teeth are missing, the jawbone may start to disintegrate because there is no tooth root to stimulate the bone. Like all of your bones, exercise keeps them strong, and the jawbone needs exercise from chewing to stay strong. When the jawbone is preserved, your appearance is improved because there are no gaps that allow the skin to sag.
Dental implants are considered by dental professionals to be the best replacement treatment for missing or damaged teeth. Gaps may also give space for other teeth to shift, tilt, and become overcrowded making it difficult to keep them clean. There are other options such as dentures and bridges, but dental implants are the closest to natural teeth and may last a lifetime.
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that is implanted into the bone. Your jawbone will gradually grow around the artificial root and hold it firmly in place just as it does for your natural roots.
On the top of the titanium screw is an abutment where the crown or artificial tooth is attached. The crown will match your other teeth in color and be indistinguishable from your natural teeth. It will function just like a natural tooth and has no restrictions on what you can eat. You can bite an apple, chew nuts and everything will taste normal, unlike dentures that may have dietary restrictions.
Dental implants are permanent. You don’t take them out at night and you brush and floss just as you do for your natural teeth. They also require regular check-ups like natural teeth, but in many cases last for more than 20 years and may even last a lifetime.
With advancements in technology, many people who were formerly told they were not a good candidate for dental implants can have them. Dental implants are suitable for children and young adults who have lost teeth due to an injury from playing sports or an accident. There are several types of dental implants and some need only one procedure.
Along with the significant health benefits, dental implants also restore your self-esteem and self-confidence. You will never worry about your teeth shifting or a clicking sound when you eat or speak as is common with dentures. When you have a consultation with us at Gertsberg Aesthetics, you can learn more about dental implants for your unique situation. We are located in Brooklyn, NY. Contact us today to book an appointment.