Missing one or more teeth is very common, but that doesn’t mean it’s not problematic. Your teeth are a crucial part of your oral health, of course, but when you’re missing teeth, you can also develop other issues that pose threats to your overall health.
At SmileBoutique in Mount Vernon, New York, Dr. Wayne Hofflich works to help you understand your options, as well as how missing teeth can affect your health. Dental implants are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth, and for most people, implants are the replacement we recommend.
Here, we offer five reasons we think dental implants are the best approach for restoring your smile.
Dental implants are considered a permanent solution. They’re designed to last a lifetime, unlike dentures, which usually need to be replaced every 10-15 years.
Because the implant fuses to your jawbone, they’re durable. You care for implants just as you do your natural teeth, too, so it’s easy to keep them in good shape with proper oral health care.
Dentures and bridges are tooth restorations that only replace the part of your tooth you can see. But your natural teeth have roots, and those roots serve an important function.
With a dental implant, a titanium post that fuses to your jawbone supports the dental crown, which is the part of the dental implant you see above your gumline. The post helps keep your jawbone healthy and provides a firm foundation for your crown.
With dental implants, you get form and function. Your smile looks fantastic, and implants work as a tooth should work. Implants replace the entire structure of your natural tooth, and they look more natural than any other replacement options available, so you don’t ever have to worry about whether or not the restoration looks fake.
You can eat what you want, including nuts and fruits, comfortably and without worry. The fact that your implant is secured to your jawbone means that it won’t ever fall out while you eat something like an apple or slip while you’re talking.
One of the reasons you may be considering replacing missing teeth is that when teeth are missing, your remaining teeth can move around. This can cause a problem with being able to properly clean your missing teeth, but it can also change the shape of your face; your cheeks may develop a sunken look. Dental implants preserve your facial features.
Whether you need a single tooth replaced, or you’re missing several teeth, dental implants are worth considering. With implants, you can eat, speak, and continue to look like yourself without worry. If you can’t keep your natural teeth, dental implants are the next best thing.
If you have questions, or if you’d like to find out if dental implants are a good option for you, schedule an appointment at SmileBoutique. We’re always happy to answer your questions and make customized treatment suggestions based on your situation.