Missing teeth are problematic both in terms of function and appearance. When you have missing teeth, you can’t chew properly, you can end up with deterioration of the bone in your jaw, and of course, you don’t look all that good. In times gone by, the only solution was to have dentures or bridgework created in order to replace the missing teeth. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, though, there is another, better way.
Dental implants are one of the best ways to restore missing teeth. So what are they? An implant is actually an artificial root that’s made of a very strong metal, titanium. The implant is surgically positioned in your jaw, and used to support a prosthetic tooth, or crown, that replaces a missing tooth. One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they function and look just like real teeth. You don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding the way you might with dentures or bridges, so you can enjoy all the same foods that you loved before you lost your teeth. If you’ve been missing foods like steak, corn on the cob, chewy candy and apples, you can enjoy them again.
Another advantage to dental implants is that you don’t have to worry about bone loss in your jaw, which can be an unfortunate side effect of wearing dentures. And although we can’t promise you that your face is never going to sag – after all, everyone ages and gravity will eventually take its toll – the sag that occurs as a result of leaving your dentures out overnight isn’t an issue with implants. That brings to mind another problem with dentures – because you take them out, you run the risk of losing them. Implants are permanently fixed to your jaw, so they can’t be misplaced. We should say that we’re not saying dentures are never desirable – on the contrary, they’re a very cost-effective, natural-looking solution to missing teeth. But if you can afford dental implants, and you don’t have an underlying medical condition that precludes their installation (and hardly anyone does), they’re definitely the way to go.
If you have missing teeth, an implant dentist can help you to get your smile back and restore full functionality to your mouth. If you care for your implants the way you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and checkups, they can last you the rest of your life.
If you would like more information on dental implants if they are the right option for you, call Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island at 718-984-7700. You may also read our blog about dental implants to see if dental implants are right for you.