When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, you are looking at more than just a cosmetic situation. These missing teeth pose a bigger danger than just an unattractive and incomplete smile. There are several dental health problems you could face in the future, including teeth shifting into gaps and degeneration of your jawbone. When looking at tooth replacement options, dentists such as Dr. Matthew Scaffa at Dental Art Concepts in Staten Island, New York, will offer various options, including bridges, dentures, and implants. All offer benefits, but none can match what dental implants offer.
Dental implants mimic the complete tooth, including the tooth root, unlike bridges or dentures. Because bridges and dentures are not implanted, they will not be able to mimic the critical functions of a natural tooth root. Dental implants can do this because they are implanted directly into the jawbone, creating unmatched benefits.
It is estimated that over 3 million Americans have dental implants. Per the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, this number is growing by about half a million per year. Because of the unique benefits that only dental implants can provide, more and more Americans are choosing dental implants over other tooth restoration options. Here are some reasons why.
Dentures and bridges have to be replaced over time. However, dental implants are crafted to last you a lifetime. Even if the tooth prosthetic (usually a dental crown) needs to be replaced, the titanium post should never require replacement. This also makes dental implants the more affordable option in the long run.
A dental implant will restore the appearance of your smile so that you have a complete, beautiful smile you can be proud to show off once again. However, more importantly, it prevents your jawbone from breaking down. Every tooth in your mouth has a root, and that root’s function is to stimulate the jawbone, which keeps it healthy. Every time you chew or bite down, you provide this stimulation.
Because a dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that is inserted into the jawbone, it can provide this stimulation which will prevent your jawbone from breaking down over time. Through osseointegration, the jawbone fuses with the biocompatible titanium post, providing a strong, durable anchor that will provide the necessary stimulation for a healthy jawbone.
People with dentures talk about how they can slip around, creating an uncomfortable experience and being visibly out of place to others. Dental bridges are prone to discoloration and take on an unnatural hue over time. Dental implants are the only dental restoration that provides a stunning natural look indistinguishable from surrounding natural teeth. Because the implant is affixed to the jaw, it falls in perfectly with the contour of surrounding teeth. The crown attached to the implant is made to match the surrounding teeth in both color and shape. What results is a tooth replacement that feels completely natural, has full functionality, and looks amazing.
There is a reason why dental implants are becoming the most popular choice among tooth restoration options. To schedule a visit with Dr. Matthew T. Scaffa at Dental Art Concepts, please call (718) 313-4343 today!