Self-conscious about missing teeth?
- Posted on: Jul 19 2016
Are you self-conscious about missing teeth? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. Today, around 42 percent of Americans over age 65 are missing all of their natural teeth. In fact, history shows that the way our teeth look and feel has long been a concern, and one we try to fix. We’ve all heard the stories of George Washington and his wooden dentures, right? Turns out it’s not quite true, but the fact of the matter is that he did have several sets made from “exotic” materials — and had mouth pain to go with them.
Thankfully, in these modern times, we have modern alternatives. One of our more popular services among patients who are missing teeth or have extensive tooth damage are dental implants. In fact, many folks–in New York and beyond–are embracing the opportunity to update their smiles through this procedure.
What is a dental implant?
Teeth have roots, and when they are missing (along with the tooth itself), an artificial one can take its place. These dental implants are inserted into the jaw to hold replacement teeth in the right spot.
How many implants will I need?
Each patient’s needs are different, so we treat each case in a unique way. Some patients just have one or two missing teeth–perhaps from an accident (hello, hockey puck!) or a really bad cavity that resulted in a pulled tooth. In this case, a single tooth implant is probably the best option and can be used in lieu of a dental bridge.
Other patients are missing multiple teeth. If that’s your situation, implant supported bridges might be a good fit. But don’t get this procedure confused with partial dentures! The implants will be a permanent fixture in your mouth and will function to preserve the jawbone and prevent bone deterioration–all while avoiding cavities.
Finally, some of our patients opt for a total tooth replacement, which in many cases can totally eliminate the use of cumbersome dentures. There are many benefits to total replacement, from better chewing power to enhanced speaking ability to a better appearing smile. Perhaps the best part is that the procedure can take place in a single day, so you’ll be wearing a smile you’re proud to show off in no time.
Do implants look natural?
Absolutely! No “chiclets” here. Implants are the closest match to the teeth you were born with–and they feel great, too. Plus, they are strong! You’ll be eating the foods you love with no worries because nine out of ten implants last more than 15 years. Want to see it for yourself? Don’t miss these before and after images.
Will this hurt?
As a board-certified periodontist and a clinical professor who teaches periodontics and implants at the New York University Dental Center, you can trust that you are in good hands under my care. However common, implants are still a surgical procedure, and as such, some mild discomfort should be anticipated. Post-procedure, you will be likely be prescribed pain relievers and antibiotics. It is also important to follow pre- and post-operative instructions and communicate any concerns before and after the implant procedure.
Still have questions? Contact us today!
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