You may assume that missing teeth is only an aesthetic concern. But gaps in your smile can cause health problems, too.
When you have spaces in your mouth, neighboring teeth shift toward the open area. This causes misalignment of your remaining teeth, resulting in difficulty chewing, brushing, and flossing.
Equally problematic, your jawbone relies on regular chewing and biting pressure to stimulate cell renewal and growth. In the absence of this constant pressure, your jawbone can atrophy.
Missing teeth and jaw bone atrophy change your facial structure and can cause your cheeks to look sunken, prematurely aging your appearance.
At Kew Gardens Dental P.C. in Queens, New York, Board Certified Dentist Bella Pinkatz has restored the smiles, oral health, and confidence of countless patients with dental implants. Here’s why she considers implants your best choice for replacing missing teeth.
Dentures and bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth, but they have shortcomings, largely because they are removable. Even with denture adhesive, the movement can keep you from eating chewy or crunchy foods, change how you pronounce certain words, and cause clicking sounds when you speak.
By contrast, dental implants consist of a titanium rod that’s surgically implanted into your jawbone. This rod serves as a substitute for your tooth root. And like a natural tooth root, it stimulates bone growth.
Because dental implants become part of you, there is no discomfort, as can be the case with dentures.
In addition, dentures can be a hassle. They must be removed nightly and cleaned with a special solution. Dental implants require only the same care as your natural teeth, brushing twice daily and flossing.
While dentures and bridges last an average of 10 years before requiring replacement, your dental implant is designed to last a lifetime. The porcelain crown (the part of the tooth above the gum line) may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear in 15 to 20 years. But the implant will not need replacing.
Custom-shaped and tinted to match your natural teeth, dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile.
Given the many benefits, it’s no surprise that more than 5 million implants are placed by dentist in the United States annually.
Learn whether you’re a candidate. Call us today or request an appointment online to determine if implants are right for you.