Dental Implants Important To Ensure Oral Skeletal Stability

Filling gaps between your teeth is not a new idea. This has been done for centuries using various strange ideas such as seashells embedded in the jaw. A more attractive and surely less painful method was invented about 60 years ago with the introduction of titanium dental implants.

This procedure is viewed by some as cosmetic and others as a prosthesis replacement which often causes confusion. Filling a gap does enhance a face but essentially it stabilizes the oral bone structure.

Oral neglect, disease and injury are the most common causes for tooth loss. The resulting gap may leave the face looking aged, haggard and unattractive. Missing teeth often create chewing complications. There is a success rate of close to 100% in healthy people with good dental hygiene. Implants do however not carry the same level of success in patients who are heavy smokers or who suffer from diabetes.

Titanium is the metal that is used to construct artificial roots and holding posts as it has unique bonding properties that makes it highly compatible with human bone.

Before dental work is performed the patient's jawbone, gums and teeth are extensively examined. X-rays of underlying nerve and sinus structures are taken to determine bone height and density. Patients with inadequate bone height and gum tissue may have to undergo an augmentation grafting before a dental implant procedure can be performed.

Implant options and implications are discussed with the patient to determine which procedure would give the highest level of success and dental function. Both the root and holding post are made from titanium. The artificial root is shaped to match the lost natural tooth's root shape to ensure it will be a snug fit into the available space. Bone and root will need a period of up to six months to completely bond to ensure total success.

The dentist will drill a hole into the bone to accommodate the artificial root. The hole is sutured and left to recover. During the root insertion the dentist uses a CT scan or X-ray to determine the exact placement which will cause the least amount of trauma to surrounding structures and prevent any damage. Once the area has melded a post is screwed into the root and a temporary crown attached. The final permanent porcelain or ceramic crown will be put in at a later stage.

Dental implants give patients complete oral function immediately after the procedure is completed. They will find that they are able to talk and eat without any tooth movement as the implant is securely affixed. A comprehensive overall oral hygiene regime is required to ensure that natural and implanted teeth stay healthy. If well cared for implants will last up to 40 years. Patients may find that their gums and teeth are swollen and suffer discomfort after this procedure but it is minor. It is essential that a person ensure they consult a dentist that is well qualified to perform implanting before having any work done.

Gentle Dental in Bayside, Queens, NYC invites you to experience dental care of a surprisingly high standard, one that is rare even among the most elite practices.

As a Bayside dental implants specialist, Gentle Dental is guided by the philosophy that the complete comfort, satisfaction, and safety of our patients are important above all else.

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