Dental implants are long-lasting teeth replacements. They combine an attractive appearance with structural strength. They should last at least 25 years, but the implant screw can last a lifetime with proper care. The crown atop the implant may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years to compensate for routine wear and tear.
Dental Implant Options
Implants come in three varieties that can help patients restore their smiles:
Single-Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best available replacements for missing or damaged teeth. Single-tooth dental implants consist of a titanium screw that bonds with the jaw, a stainless steel abutment, and a lifelike crown that seamlessly replaces the original tooth.
Implant-supported bridges are superior to traditional bridges. Traditional bridges attach to crowns on both sides, while implant-supported bridges connect to much more durable attachment points. Implant-supported bridges save time and trouble because they need replacement much less often.
Implant-supported dentures can take the place of an entire arch of teeth. Supported by four to six implant posts, implant-supported dentures can be permanent or snap in and out.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages when compared to other types of tooth replacements like traditional dentures and bridges:
Implants may cost more than other tooth replacements, but they represent an excellent investment when you consider their longevity.
Implants are attractive replacements that can brighten your smile. You will no longer feel self-conscious about your teeth when you have implants.
Taking care of single-tooth dental implants is as easy as caring for healthy natural teeth. All you need to do is brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly.
Preserve Tooth Alignment
Missing teeth can lead to orthodontic problems. Your teeth could become crossed and crooked and develop irregular spacing.
Improve Oral Health
Having implants improves your oral health. Jawbones begin to break down around missing teeth sites, and implants help them maintain their structure.
With implants, you can eat what you like. You won't have to "eat around" gaps in your teeth. You will not have the chewing problems associated with traditional bridges, dentures, or crowns. You can eat hard, sticky, and crunchy foods.
Choosing Dental Implants
Since dental implants last so long, they can potentially improve oral health for the rest of your life. The upfront investment means you will save money on dental work and expensive replacements for bridges and dentures.
Call Upper West Side Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental implants can rejuvenate your smile and preserve your oral health. To learn more about this long-lasting tooth replacement option, call our office at 212-466-6984. We can set up a consultation appointment where the surgeon will explain your options and how implants can work for you.