Staten Island Dental Implants
There are two types of dental implant procedures – endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants – each of which involves a 2-step process. Both procedures results in permanent replacement teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you may think that dentures or removable prosthetics are your only options. While these are still viable choices for many people, dental implants present a much more appealing option for people with otherwise healthy gums and jawbones.
Endosteal Dental Implants
Of the two types of dental implants, endosteal implants are the more common. Endosteal (which means “in the bone”) implants consist of a titanium screw, blade, or stud, which is implanted into the jawbone. This implant replaces the root of the missing tooth.
When it’s implanted in the jaw, a temporary bridge may be placed over it to protect it while it heals. Once it has fully healed and fused with the bone, a custom-made prosthetic tooth will be fitted onto it, and you’ll be through with the procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike dentures and other removable prosthetics, dental implants provide permanent replacement teeth that look just like natural teeth. Your prosthetic tooth (or teeth) will be made to perfectly simulate the shape, color, and texture of your teeth. They’re also highly durable, so you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods without worrying about whether or not you can chew them properly without injuring your teeth.
Patients who choose dental implants often experience increased confidence in their appearance. Imagine never worrying that your tooth will slip out of place or that someone will notice your dentures. Furthermore, caring for implants is as easy as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Along with regular visits to the dentist for examinations and cleanings, your regular good dental hygiene will be all you’ll need to maintain a glowing smile after your dental implant procedure. Your dental implants should last a long time with proper care.
Are You a Candidate?
Are dental implants right for you? Whether you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma or injury, or you’ve been missing teeth for some time, wearing dentures or prosthetics, you may be a candidate for implants. However, if you don’t have enough bone mass or proper bone density in your jaw, dental implants may not be the solution for you. Likewise, if you have unchecked gum disease, your gum tissue may not be able to heal properly after the procedure.
If, on the other hand, you have generally good dental and oral health, dental implants could be your key to confidence, a beautiful smile, and low-maintenance, permanent replacements for your missing teeth. The only way to find out, is to schedule a consultation. Call our Staten Island Dentist today for an appointment at 718-984-7700.