Dental Implants Offer a Stable Alternative to Removable Dentures and Bridges

POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2011 AT 9:43 AM  by Dr. Mark Stein

Don’t let your missing teeth keep you from eating the foods you love and smiling with confidence. At New York Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, Dr. Mark Stein can improve the form and function of your smile by replacing one or more missing teeth with dental implants.

If you’re considering dental implants in New York City, it’s important that you have a working knowledge of how they function. Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically implanted directly into the jaw bone. These posts will serve as secure anchors for a replacement tooth or a set of replacement teeth. After your initial surgery, your dental implants will need to heal over the course of several months. During this time, the dental implants will slowly integrate into the structure of your jaw bone, forming a secure bond. Once the implants have had an adequate amount of time to heal, your dental implants will be ready to support a high-quality dental prosthesis that looks and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you want and love your smile again.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits of replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth with dental implants, there are also many functional advantages of dental implants over other methods of replacement teeth. Many patients find removable dentures and bridges uncomfortable and inconvenient, and they often shift and click while being worn. They can also cause damage to your remaining healthy teeth, as dental bridges rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Additionally, dental implants help prevent bone deterioration and gum erosion. When teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to atrophy, or diminish in size. While dentures and bridges can replace the function of missing teeth, they can not prevent the jaw bone from atrophying. Since dental implants are placed directly into the bone as anchors for permanent replacement teeth, the jaw bone does not atrophy because it still serves the same function as if it were supporting your own natural tooth.    

Dr. Stein performs over one thousand dental implant procedures each year, so you can be confident that you’re placing your smile in capable hands when you visit our Dental Implant Center. To learn more about dental implants, please call 212.888.4760 or schedule an appointment online in our New York office.

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