Dental implants are an innovative new treatment in which missing teeth can be replaced with crowns that are attached to an artificial root. This root takes the form of a titanium post that is implanted into the jaw bone via the soft tissue of the gums. In the past, single artificial teeth would be attached to neighboring natural teeth, placing them under great pressure.
However, thanks to implant technology, it is now possible for each individual implant to have its own root, creating superior strength and stability without relying on any other teeth in the mouth. The unique design of dental implants takes advantage of natural bone healing in the jaw, which occurs around the implanted titanium post, securing it permanently in place. This is known as osseointegration and takes place over a number of months. For this reason, conventional implants are a procedure that takes place over a number of appointments, and patients are fitted with temporary crowns until we are sure that osseointegration has taken place and the implants will be successful. Then, you can return to our offices where your custom-designed crown can be placed on to your implant, completing your treatment. In addition to being used for single tooth replacement, dental implant technology is now being used in implant-supported bridges and implant-supported partial and full dentures, enabling patients to replace multiple missing teeth. When there are several missing teeth or more, these can usually be supported on fewer implant posts meaning that less invasive surgery is needed than placing implants one at a time.
What are the drawbacks of missing teeth?
- When a tooth is extracted from the mouth, a small fragment of the jawbone will also be removed along with the tooth root. It can lead to jawbone deterioration.
- Due to jawbone deterioration, the remaining teeth can loosen from their sockets. It can cause further tooth loss.
- Due to the missing tooth, a gap will be left in the mouth. The remaining teeth tend to drift from their ideal positions and occupy the space, giving rise to a malocclusion.
- Oral functionality, such as biting and chewing food, phonetics, etc. will be affected when a tooth is removed.
- The most prominent drawback is the embarrassment of smiling with a missing tooth. People may mock you for it, which can lead to loss of confidence.
Why are implants the best tooth restorations?
- Implants offer excellent strength and stability
- They are long-lasting
- They are highly durable
- They prevent drifting of the remaining natural teeth
- They hold the jawbone intact and prevent its deterioration
- They look exactly like a natural tooth
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (718) 447-4510 to have a consultation with Dr. Brenman and his associates, and we will be happy to help.