Most of us expect to keep our teeth for our entire lives. But unfortunately, for many different reasons, many of us will find ourselves facing tooth loss. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that nearly 2 million people are missing at least one tooth, with many others who are missing all their teeth.
If you are one of those people who are missing one or more teeth, you are likely aware that there are a number of different options available to replace missing teeth. But the best choice for replacing missing teeth and getting back the form and function closest to your natural teeth is dental implants.
If you are one of the millions living with missing teeth, give Dr. Edward Sloyer and Dr. Brian J. Davis of Smile Designs of Long Island a call to learn more about how dental implants can change your life.
Dr. Davis has received specialized training in implant surgery and has received a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. What this means for you is that from the implant surgery all the way through placement of the crown restorations, Dr. Sloyer and Dr. Davis will handle the entire process so you only have to visit one dental office for treatment.
What Are Dental Implants?
It might surprise many people that the origins of dental implants can be traced all the way back to 600 AD and the ancient Mayans. Unlike those primitive tooth replacements, however, today’s dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants consist of a cylindrical post that is positioned into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. A dental crown is placed on top of the dental implant to form the replacement tooth. The crown is custom-made so it matches the rest of your teeth.
Dental implants are permanent structures, so unlike dentures, they will not move or shift. Those who receive dental implants are able to chew, eat, and speak normally, just as they were with their natural teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
There are many reasons dental implants are considered the best option for replacing one or more missing teeth.
- Dental implants are permanently secured into the jawbone, so recipients have none of the worries that denture wearers do in terms of teeth that shift or move.
- There are no eating restrictions with dental implants, so none of your favorite foods are off limits.
- A dental implant looks and functions very similarly to your natural teeth.
- Dental implants are built to last a lifetime with proper care, so they are a long-term solution to missing teeth.
- Dental implants help maintain healthy jawbone density because they stimulate the bone just as your tooth roots do. The sunken-in look—also called facial collapse—most denture wearers eventually develop does not happen with dental implants.
How Should I Care for My Dental Implants?
Take care of your dental implants as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss once each day, and see your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Dental implants cannot develop cavities the way your natural teeth can, but to ensure the health of your gums and the longevity of the implants, good oral care is important.
Find Out More about Dental Implants
Come in for a consultation at Smile Designs of Long Island to find out more about dental implants as a replacement for your missing teeth. Give us a call today!
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