A missing tooth – or multiple missing teeth – can not only be embarrassing, it can also prevent you from eating certain foods, diminish your quality of life, make you look older, and it’s also unhealthy.
When patients come into our Midtown Manhattan dental office with one or more missing teeth, we take the time to explain each tooth replacement option so we can determine which anti-aging dentistry solution is best for the individual.
Which Anti-Aging Dentistry Option Is Best – Dental Implants, Dentures, Or A Dental Bridge?
There are a number of variables that determine the course of treatment Dr. Rastegar suggests to replace missing teeth, but dental implants are generally considered the permanent solution.
Things like cost, convenience, and most importantly determining if you’re a good candidate for dental implants are discussed.
Essentially patients have three options to consider for tooth replacement:
1. Dental Bridge
3. Dental Implants
Let’s examine each tooth replacement option in more detail.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
The implant itself, which is usually made of titanium, is anchored into the jawbone, on top of which a new tooth (or teeth) are actually fixed into place.
Types of Dental Implants
Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile.
When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older – this is one of the reasons why patients in our Madison Ave. dental office prefer the permanent anti-aging dentistry solution of implants to dentures.
Dentures can actually contribute to further jawbone loss and erosion.
Types of dentures:
Conventional Dentures: This full removable denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months.
Immediate Dentures: This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Overdenture: Sometimes some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function too.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth.
The false tooth or teeth literally bridge the gap between natural teeth. For a long time, fixed bridges were the best alternative for people who had lost teeth, as they were quite successful and esthetically pleasing.
Unfortunately, bridges can also present some problems because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed down to accept the appliance.
Midtown Manhattan Dentist Prefers Dental Implants As The Permanent Anti-Aging Tooth Replacement Option
Since dental implants are essentially artificial roots and teeth which are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone, they are considered the permanent tooth replacement solution.
Dental implants are considered by many dental health professionals to be the superior choice in terms of combining cosmetic appearance and restorative functionality of natural teeth.
In our Midtown Manhattan dentist office, dental implants are a popular anti-aging dental procedure.
The key to a successful dental implant procedure is called osseointegration, or the meshing together of implant and bone.
Good candidates for dental implants need jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues. Then, when the implant device is inserted, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the dental implant.
Dental implants actually mimic the structure of natural teeth, where the other removable missing teeth appliances like traditional dentures can slip and become loose over time as the density of jawbone becomes less with age – making you appear older.
Since dental implants are a permanently fixed to the jaw, the body actually thinks that the natural tooth roots still exist.
This means the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we get from the food we eat continues to be sent to the jawbone, preventing the gum deterioration and facial collapse that can happen with dentures.
Madison Ave. Dentist Talks Advantages of Dental Implants
These days more people opt for dental implants over removable dentures or fixed dental bridges as their top tooth replacement option. This is because dental implants offer several distinct advantages for people who want to replace their missing or decayed teeth.
For example, dental implants:
- Remain in place — dental implants don’t shift, slip, or cause clicking sounds during eating or talking
- Help maintain natural jawbone structure
- Improve speaking ability and enhance cosmetic appearance – hence the anti-aging dentistry
- Do not need to be removed daily for cleaning – like dentures, and they do not require messy sticky adhesives to keep them from falling out of your mouth
- Are a permanent solution – they don’t need to be replaced and you can’t really lose an implant
Convenience & Reliability of Dental Implants
One of the most popular benefits of choosing dental implants is that there is no cleaning or regular maintenance – aside from normal brushing and flossing of course.
With the other tooth replacement options (bridges and dentures), foods like hard fruits or nuts could either loosen dentures causing food particles to become stuck between the palate and the actual appliance.
We all know how annoying it is to have a popcorn kernel stuck in our teeth, imagine how uncomfortable that would be to have lodged in between a dental bridge or under dentures.
Dental implants are certainly more convenient than dentures or bridges in that they can be brushed just like regular teeth, and require no special cleaning or care.
Dental implants are a safe effective solution for one missing tooth, or many missing teeth.
Dental Implants Are The Chosen Anti-Aging Tooth Replacement Option At Our Midtown NYC Dentist Office
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