Dental implants offer an excellent solution to tooth loss. Thanks to the innovative technology behind dental implants, it's now possible to not only replace the visible crown portion of a missing tooth but restore the root as well. General dentist Dr. Kara Mason helps her patients evaluate tooth restoration options in her Midtown New York, NY, office, where she also offers dental implants. Read below to learn if implants are right for you!
Dental implants are unlike any other restoration method
Dental implants consist of small titanium posts placed in openings made in your jawbone. The posts, which serve as artificial roots, then soon begin to bond to the bone. Bonding, the most crucial part of the dental implant process, ensures that your new roots can support the dental crowns that will be attached to them.
Implants help you maintain an attractive, healthy smile
Although you'll need to visit your Midtown dentist for confirmation on the question if you are a good candidate for dental implants, the restoration may be a good choice for you if:
- You want a long-term restoration option: Bridges and dentures don't last forever, as they usually need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. Implants, on the other hand, may last your entire lifetime with proper care, which can save you money in the long run. (The crowns connected to the implants will need to be replaced periodically, however)
- You don't want to sacrifice biting power: You can bite into hard and sticky foods because your natural teeth are securely rooted in your mouth. Unfortunately, eating these foods can be difficult if you only replace the crown portion of missing teeth. A dental implant restores the entire missing tooth and doesn't cause a loss of biting power.
- Your jawbone is deep: You'll need sufficient jawbone depth to support your new dental implants. If your bone is a little shallow, your dentist may recommend adding bone grafts to build up the jawbone before your implant procedure.
- You're in good health: Poor health can affect healing and make it difficult for your implant to bond to your jawbone. You'll need to be in good oral and general health before your implant can proceed. Uncontrolled diabetes, conditions that affect the immune system, or taking immune system medications may disqualify you from receiving implants.
Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call Midtown general dentist Dr. Kara Mason at (212) 355-2195 to schedule an appointment.