Making the decision to restore your smile is an exciting time. However, choosing the right restoration dental procedure can prove to be difficult. Luckily, if you have one or more missing teeth, you have an effective and permanent option to replace them with dental implants. Learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile with Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC in Midtown New York, NY.
How do dental implants work?
Dentists use a surgical procedure to implant a small post, called a fixture, into your jawbone. The bone grows around the fixture, permanently holding it in place. After successful integration, your fixture will anchor in place your new prosthetic tooth, a porcelain dental restoration custom-made by a dental laboratory.
What can dental implants do for me?
Dental implants are versatile and can replace one or many missing teeth. Depending on you and your situation, you will probably need one of three different types of dental implants.
- A single tooth replacement involves using one implant to replace one tooth’s root and one porcelain prosthetic tooth to replace the missing tooth itself. However, you will not necessarily need a single implant fixture for each missing tooth.
- If you have a large gap made up of several missing teeth, two implants on either side can hold a dental bridge to replace all the teeth in the row in one fell swoop.
- Finally, four or more implants can hold an implant-supported denture in place to replace all the teeth on an arch.
The Benefits of Dental Implants in New York, NY
Unlike a traditional denture or bridge, implants are a permanent part of your mouth which will last for the rest of your life. Their design also makes them non-removable, requiring no extra cleaning or soaking. Your normal oral care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once is enough to keep your implants healthy. Implants also function and appear just like normal teeth, subtly blending into your smile.
For more information on dental implants or how they can help your smile, please contact Dr. Kara Mason at Gentle Dental NYC in Midtown New York, NY. Call (212) 355-2195 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Mason today!