What are Dental Implants?
Are dental implants an option for you?
Nothing takes the place of healthy, natural teeth. But when tooth loss occurs due to disease or accident, it’s good to know there are options to restore your smile!
Implants are the best option if you:
Patients choose implants to support a full set of dentures or replace missing teeth. Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. They are made of titanium and other materials accepted by the human body to function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. U.S. dentists place more than 5.5 million implants annually. Choose implants to turn up your smile today!
How do Implants Compare to Natural Teeth?
Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement therapy because implants closely mimic natural teeth. All natural teeth have a dentin core, surrounded by an enamel coating, and are anchored in the jaw bone by their roots. A completed dental implant has a crown, which replicates the appearance of the enamel coating of the surrounding natural teeth. The crown is fixed to an abutment, or post, the equivalent of the dentin core. The post is attached to the titanium implant, which is anchored in the jaw bone and acts as the root of the replacement tooth.
Who is a Candidate for Implant Therapy?
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people all around the world benefit from dental implant therapy. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, "The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free from periodontal disease."
Dr. Wanda Arden from Cosmetic Dentist Queens will evaluate various factors to determine if you're a candidate for dental implants. Those factors may include certain health conditions (e.g. uncontrolled diabetes) or risk factors (e.g. smoking). These types of conditions may not rule out dental implants, but they must be taken into consideration to be sure they will not compromise successful implant therapy.
One important factor affecting implant therapy is the density of your jaw bone, which can vary in density from very dense (ideal) to very porous or spongy. Less-than-ideal bone density does not necessarily prevent having dental implants, but it will likely affect your treatment plan.
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If you are considering Dental Implants, please call Dr. Arden at (718) 894-1516.