Missing teeth can have a serious impact on your overall oral health. For example, the remaining teeth can shift, causing issues with your bite. Additionally, the jawbone that supports the teeth will begin to erode following tooth loss, compromising the health of your teeth and gums. Dental implants are the most durable and predictable teeth replacement option available today. They can successfully support crowns, bridges, and dentures. With appropriate care, dental implants often last a lifetime. If you are curious about what dental implants in Long Island can do for you, consider visiting our practice.
Anatomy of a Dental Implant
A dental implant is a threaded post made from surgical-grade titanium. These small posts are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. In order to function properly, an implant requires two additional components: an abutment and a final restoration. The abutment is a small post that is attached to the dental implant; it will extend just beyond the gum line and serve as an anchor for the crown, bridge, or denture. While the implant replaces the root, the restoration will replace the tooth crown.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Bone atrophy is a natural byproduct of tooth loss. When teeth roots are present, they send signals to the jawbone, keeping it dense and strong. If the teeth are lost, the jawbone lacks stimulation, and therefore begins to deteriorate. However, if implants are used to replace the roots, the jawbone will once again receive stimulation. This will preserve the existing jawbone and prevent further bone loss from occurring.
Single-Tooth and Multiple-Teeth Replacement with Dental Implants
Dental implants are amazingly versatile. While one dental implant can replace a single missing tooth, an implant-supported bridge can replace consecutively missing teeth. The exact treatment recommended for you will depend on your unique goals and the complexity of your case. During a visit at our office, our doctors can help you determine the most effective treatment for your needs.
Full-Arch Teeth Replacement Options
Dental implants have vastly improved full-arch replacement options. Patients at National Dental Hicksville can choose from a number of options, which we will explore in the sections below.
Traditional dentures can shift and slip when chewing, eating, or speaking. Connecting these prostheses to dental implant provides a whole new level of stability. Implant-supported dentures are removable for easy cleaning, yet they stay put when they should.
Four Ever Smile™
Many patients assume they will require a dental implant for every missing tooth. On the contrary, a full arch of teeth can be restored using only four to six implants per arch using Four Ever Smile. This treatment delivers a permanent full-arch prosthesis that looks just like your natural teeth.
All-on-4® in Long Island
In years past, patients with bone loss were not eligible for dental implants without undergoing bone grafting procedures. However, the All-on-4 method maximizes existing bone with strategic implant placement. Therefore, patients who did not previously qualify for dental implants can enjoy a fixed full-arch solution.
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To learn more about teeth replacement options at National Dental Hicksville, schedule a visit at our practice. You can call us at (516) 629-5086 or contact us online.