Dental implants replace missing teeth with natural-looking dental crowns and implanted posts (also called screws). The posts, which are surgically implanted using technologically advanced software to ensure precision in placement, are made of biocompatible materials such as zirconia or titanium. The posts are then topped with a small abutment which secures the dental crown to the tooth. Here’s everything you need to know about dental implants.
Why are Dental Implants Better than Bridges or Dentures?
Dental implants are superior to other dental restorations for many reasons.
- Only restoration that replaces the tooth crown and tooth root
- Implanted post preserves the jawbone
- Implants help prevent additional tooth loss
- Implants are long-lasting (20+ years)
- Dental implants are more comfortable than dentures
- Dental implants do not weaken the adjacent teeth
- Dental implants are cared for like natural teeth, without the need for special cleaning tools
Dental Implants are the Only Dental Restoration to Preserve the Jaw Bone
If you’ve suffered tooth loss, the volume and height of your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. That’s because without a tooth root, connecting the jaw to the tooth, the bone starts to recede. A receding jaw bone leads to myriad problems including:
- Increased likelihood of additional tooth loss
- Increased risk of adjacent teeth drifting into the space left by a missing tooth
- Shrunken appearance around the mouth
- Prematurely aged appearance (thin lips and wrinkles)
- Jowl formation
- Difficulty eating or speaking
What Types of Dental Implants Are Available?
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth in a row, or an entire upper or lower arch of teeth.
Single Dental Implants
Single implants replace a tooth that was lost or extracted. The crown matches the other teeth in size and color.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges replace three or more missing teeth in a row. Two dental implant posts are surgically placed, and connected by a porcelain bridge to fill the gap left by missing teeth.
Implant-supported dentures use strategically placed dental implants to secure dentures in place. For most patients, 4 implants are advised to secure a full denture. For patients requiring a partial denture, as few as 2 implants may be required.
Full Arch Dental Implants
Patients missing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth may be able to restore the entire arch with as few as 4 strategically placed dental implants.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants may be an option for individuals who have suffered minimal jawbone loss, or for patients with insufficient space to support a full-size dental implant. Mini dental implants are similar to full-size dental implants, but the implanted post is significantly smaller. The procedure is also less invasive, often done under local anesthesia only. Mini dental implants may also be able to be placed immediately following a tooth extraction.
Book a Consultation for Dental Implants in Midtown Manhattan
If you’re interested in learning more about whether dental implants are right for you, schedule a consultation at Meridian Dental Group in Midtown Manhattan. Our team of experienced dentists, periodontists, and endodontists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and examination to determine your eligibility for dental implants. Call 212-813-0850, or send us a message to request an appointment.