You need a full set of teeth to properly chew and digest food, enunciate, and maintain the look of your lower face. When you lose a tooth or several teeth, you should consider not just the cosmetic value of a tooth replacement system, but its functional value, too.
One or more missing teeth increases your risk of developing serious oral health problems such as jawbone loss, bite misalignment, tooth decay, and gum disease. The best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant that both looks and acts like a natural tooth.
Lana Rozenberg, DDS, founder and world-renowned cosmetic and restorative dentist at Rozenberg Dental NYC on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York, always recommends dental implants as the top choice for tooth restoration. Here’s why.
The implanted portion of a dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible titanium. As with a real tooth root, these permanent restorations are firmly anchored into your jawbone for maximal stability. Then, they’re capped with a porcelain crown (an artificial tooth) that fits your bite and blends in perfectly with your natural teeth.
The implant fuses to your jawbone. Therefore, the restoration is incredibly durable. In fact, you can expect your dental implants to be just as strong — or even stronger — than your natural teeth.
Because dental implants are prostheses that are securely bonded to your jawbone, they become part of your mouth, just as an artificial joint would become part of your body if you had a joint replacement. Dental implants replace lost teeth in every sense, including functionality. Implants work as well as (or better than) natural teeth.
Importantly, dental implants preserve your normal bite force, so you can eat your favorite foods without worrying how they might affect your dental work. And implants can’t inadvertently slip out of place like removable dentures, so they ensure clear speech every time you speak.
When you have empty spaces in your mouth caused by missing teeth, the remaining teeth can shift, creating misalignments that place uneven stress on your teeth and increase your risk of excessive wear and decay. Empty spaces also prompt the kind of progressive bone loss that eventually changes the shape of your lower jaw, altering your appearance.
Other restorative solutions can’t address problems like misalignments and lack of bone stimulation. Dental implants help protect against abnormal wear and tear, too.
Dental implants take the art of customized restoration to a whole new level. Designed to fill gaps and fit your bite to perfection, implants flawlessly blend in with your natural teeth.
Nobody will be able to tell you’ve replaced a missing tooth, because implants look virtually identical to real teeth. By matching the size and shape of your missing tooth and choosing the same shade of white as your natural teeth, implants aim to restore your smile as discreetly as possible.
Dental implants are comfortable and convenient. After the implant is fully healed and fused to your jawbone, it doesn’t feel any different than your natural teeth. It’s the only permanent dental restoration that’s designed to look, feel, and function exactly like real teeth. One advantage over natural teeth? Dental implants don’t stain and so never need whitening.
And, unlike removable dentures, implants don’t require special precautions or extra care to keep them in good shape. You simply brush and floss as you normally would to keep your gums healthy and your remaining natural teeth cavity-free. Also, be sure to see us at least twice a year for a thorough professional cleaning.
Smile confidently again with dental implants. Call our office or book a dental implant consultation online today.