Dental implants are a revolution for those who have lost teeth, providing a convenient alternative to the removable bridges and dentures of yesteryear. The implant consists of an artificial root placed within the jawbone to hold an artificial tooth or teeth in place. Over time, the bone and tissue grow around the metal root, which becomes permanent.
If you want to do something about your missing teeth but have been reluctant to consider dentures, here are five things you need to know about dental implants.
Natural Utility and Appearance
Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and are designed just for you and match the shape, color, and bite of your existing teeth. Since the implant eventually fuses with the jawbone, it feels no different than the rest of your mouth.
While eating your favorite foods can be complicated with dentures, implants have the same utility as your natural teeth. You won’t have dietary limitations or need to take specific steps when eating to maintain the health of your implants. Dentures tend to move around in the mouth, causing friction and making it difficult to chew. Patients with dental implants also have a stronger bite than those with traditional dentures.
The implant replaces both the root and crown of the tooth, so you aren’t at risk for jawbone deterioration. This situation occurs when only the top of the tooth is replaced, and no new tissue grows to replace the missing root. The implant, on the other hand, fosters the growth of new gums, with bone to hold it in place.
No Impact on Healthy Teeth
When you opt for a dental bridge, the dentist may need to remove all or part of the adjacent teeth to create the correct fit. With implants, only the damaged or missing tooth is affected; all surrounding teeth are left alone.
High Success Rate
According to 2014 research reported in the Huffington Post, more than 95 percent of dental implant procedures are successful. Complications are rare and are even less likely to occur when you choose a qualified implant specialist.
It should also comfort you knowing that if you live in the New Jersey area, a dental surgeon with over 25 years of experience can be the one performing the procedure. Dr. Nancy Herbst at Union City Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery was named one of New Jersey’s top oral surgeons in 2016 and she continues to provide catered treatment to individuals in the New Jersey and New York City area. Contact the office at (201) 601-9262 to schedule your appointment today.