If your dentist has suggested a dental implant as an option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, you may be wondering how they work and how they can help improve your smile. Dental implants provide a long-term solution to unsightly gaps and missing teeth. Dental implants are an excellent alternative to other restorative treatments, such as removable dentures, with numerous advantages that can make them a smart choice for many New York City men and women. Dr. Marianna Farber is a cosmetic dentist in NYC who uses dental implants to treat patients who are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of their teeth. These implants have not only changed their lives, but patients are thrilled with the way implant-supported restorations provide natural-looking results and make their smile whole again.
What are dental implants?
When one tooth or many are missing, the only option to replace them used to be a dental bridge or removable dentures. While these helped restore the appearance of the patient’s smile, they required more care and could lead to atrophy in the gums and jawbone. A dental implant is a metal post that is placed through the gums and into the jaw to simulate a natural tooth root. Once the post has integrated with the bone and gum tissue, a custom implant can be attached. This allows dentists to replace one tooth with an implant-supported crown, several teeth with an implant-supported bridge or partial dentures, as well as a full arch with implant-supported dentures. Unlike traditional restorations, implant-supported restorations can be treated like natural teeth so patients don’t have food restrictions and or special cleaning instructions.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
You have other options aside from dental implants, but they may not provide you with the best outcome in the long run. There are a lot of advantages to choosing dental implants, starting with:
Dental implants are designed to last for a long time. As long as you maintain proper oral hygiene and see your dentist for routine examinations and cleanings your implants should last for years to come. During your annual dental exam, your dentist can assess the fit and wear of your restoration and implant(s) to determine if either needs to be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
No effect on surrounding teeth
Dental implants function like your normal teeth. You do not have to worry about them harming adjacent teeth. Other dental treatments may require surrounding teeth to be filed down or altered, but this is not the case when prepping the area for dental implants. You can rest assured that the neighboring teeth will remain healthy and intact.
The custom restoration attached to your dental implants (a crown, bridge or dentures) should be made from a durable ceramic material. The metal post implanted in your jawbone will be made of titanium, a material that should not decay or corrode. Dental implants will allow you to eat whatever food you choose without having to worry about damaging your new restoration. Implant-supported restorations should be cleaned just like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. No more soaking your dentures overnight or applying messy denture glue every morning.
One of the biggest concerns that patients have regarding any cosmetic dental procedure is whether or not the results will appear natural. The great thing about implant-supported restorations is that they blend in with the color and shape of your natural teeth when designed by an experienced dentist and crafted from high-quality materials in a dental laboratory. The results will be so good that your friends and family shouldn’t know which are your natural teeth and which are restorations, unless you decide to tell them.
The cost of dental implants may seem expensive initially, but compared to other options such as bridges or dentures, implants may actually be less expensive in the long run. Oftentimes bridges or dentures need to be repaired and replaced so the price of these can add up quickly. Not to mention the cost of denture adhesives and tablets for overnight soaking. Dental implants are made from a durable, ultra-hard material and built to last a long time.
While traditional restorations (crowns, bridges, and removable dentures) can start to feel loose over time, a good dentist makes sure your implanted post(s) is secure and stable before they attach your custom restoration. The post needs a few months to integrate with your jawbone and gums, but once it does, it provides a great foundation for the attached restoration. If you have any concerns about looseness or fit, schedule an appointment with your NYC dentist to have your restoration adjusted.
Ease of cleaning
Unlike other dental options (for example, removable dentures), dental implants are cared for and cleaned just like your natural teeth. You do not need to follow any special cleaning routine for the implant. Continue to brush and floss on a regular basis in order to prolong the life of the implant. While the durable ceramic material used to make your restoration is more resistant to stains compared to your natural enamel, they can still become discolored, so be sure to brush after dark-colored food and drinks like coffee, red wine, and berries.
An entirely new smile
Whether you’re missing one tooth, a few teeth, or a lot, ask your New York City dentist about dental implants to restore and rejuvenate your smile. Many patients have been incredibly pleased with their results after getting implant-supported restorations. Not only do they have their smile back, but they are happy that they decided to go with a long-term solution.
Increased level of confidence
A person’s confidence and self-esteem can take a hit when they feel others are judging them based on teeth that are missing from their smile. Dental implants can allow these insecurities to be a thing of the past. You may find yourself smiling more, laughing freely, and speaking without hesitation once you’ve gotten used to your implant-supported restoration.
How can I schedule a consultation?
If dental implants sound like something you’re interested in learning more about, please contact Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City to schedule a consultation. Our office has the skills and knowledge necessary to completely transform your smile into one that you’ll want to share with the world. New York dentist Dr. Marianna Farber will walk you through the process and create a customized treatment plan to help achieve your smile goals. You’ll be able to eat, smile, and speak with more confidence when dental implants can make your smile whole again. Contact us today so you can see why so many NYC patients can’t stop smiling after visiting our office.