In days gone by, if you were missing one tooth, you might be able to get a permanent bridge installed to fill the gap in your smile. If you were missing several teeth, your only option was most likely dentures. Today, however, thanks to dental implants, you can enjoy a full set of functional and beautiful teeth available here at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island, NY. But are dental implants right for you?
A dental implant is a titanium stud or screw that is placed in the patient’s jaw with a temporary crown over it to protect it while the gums and jawbone heal. During the healing process, the jawbone becomes fused to the implant and once this happens, a permanent crown is created and fitted to the implant. That crown looks and functions exactly like a natural tooth and it is even color-matched to the patient’s other teeth to ensure that it fits in perfectly.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be wondering if dental implants would be a good idea for you. If your dental and oral health are otherwise good and you have enough mass in your jawbone to accept an implant, then you should be a good candidate for dental implants.
Your next question of course, will be something like, “But is it worth it?” You are likely wondering how well dental implants work, what the pros and cons are and if you should consider implants instead of a bridge or dentures.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
Consider this – with a bridge, your dentist will have to shave down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and create a porcelain crown (the bridge) that resembles the teeth to fit over those adjacent teeth. If you want a complete smile without damaging your healthy teeth, then dental implants are a better option for you.
The only disadvantage to implants is that they will generally cost more than bridges or dentures. However, with proper care (regular brushing, flossing and professional cleanings), they can last for decades and give you a perfectly natural looking and feeling smile.
To learn more about dental implants in Staten Island at Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 718-984-7700 or through our convenient online contact form. You may also read our implant blogs for more information about dental implants as well as the benefits of dental implants.