While dental implants have been around for several years, a lot of patients are still not aware of them or do not really know what they are or how they work. For this reason, we have put together a list of dental implants FAQs we’ve been asked here at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio here in Staten Island, NY to help answer all of your questions about dental implants, what they are and how they can help your dental and oral health.
What Are Dental Implants?
The implant itself is a titanium screw or stud that is implanted in the jaw at the site of the missing tooth. After the gums have healed and the implant has had time to fuse with the jawbone, a permanent crown is created and placed on the part of the implant that protrudes from the gums. This prosthetic tooth is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth and it will work exactly like a healthy, natural tooth as well.
Why Should You Replace a Missing Tooth?
Missing teeth can cause problems with eating your favorite foods, but even if you are not bothered by a gap in your teeth, you may want to consider the consequences of doing nothing. The teeth adjacent to your missing tooth will eventually begin to lean in toward the gap. This can cause them to become loose in their sockets and their roots can eventually collide with the teeth next to them. Leaving a missing tooth alone will eventually lead to more dental health troubles.
Why Do People Still Get Dentures and Bridges?
But if dental implants are so effective, why do people even bother with dentures or bridges anymore? There are a few instances in which other solutions make more sense for some patients. If, for example, you are missing all or the majority of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be a more affordable and effective solution than multiple implants. Likewise, if you cannot afford an implant and you have a missing tooth toward the back of your mouth, a bridge or a partial denture may be a more affordable option. And, if you do not have enough bone mass left in your jaw, dentures may be the only viable option.