Dental Implants: Here's Why They're the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be unsure as to the best way to replace them. While there are several options available, custom dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Here at Hudson River Dental Arts, the practice of skilled dentist, Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, we offer patients the gold standard for replacing missing teeth: custom dental implants. 

A dental implant is a titanium rod that’s surgically placed in your jaw bone to hold a new, prosthetic tooth. Learn why dental implants are a smart investment to replace missing teeth and enhance the aesthetic value of your smile, not to mention the positive effects for your self-confidence and your oral health. 

Why are dental implants the gold standard for replacing missing teeth? Here are some of the biggest reasons: 

1. Implants are secure and highly functional

Dental implants become a permanent part of your mouth. Your jawbone grows around the new titanium root of the implant and it becomes securely anchored in place. In fact, the implant becomes strong and stable like the original tooth root. With the support of an implant, your new tooth is stable and functions just like your natural teeth. 

2. Implants prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of position

When you lose one or more teeth, the adjacent teeth slowly shift toward the empty space. As teeth shift out of position, your bite becomes misaligned. This misalignment affects your oral health, potentially causing cracked teeth, tooth decay, damage to your jaw. 

3. Implants reduce jawbone deterioration

While losing a tooth causes aesthetic concerns and distress, the gap in your mouth also puts you at risk for another problem: a weak jaw. Your jawbone needs stimulation from your natural tooth root to maintain its healthy bone density. If you lose a tooth but don’t replace it, over time you begin to lose jawbone, too.

Since implants replace both the tooth and its root, these new artificial teeth serve the same function — to help preserve the jawbone from deterioration and maintain the overall structure of your mouth. 

4. Implants improve the aesthetic value of your smile

The crown, or visible tooth part of your new implants, is made of ceramic or porcelain that Dr. Sunkin meticulously matches to the existing shape and color of your natural teeth. Porcelain has a sheen that accurately resembles the enamel on your natural teeth, as well. 

Other options that replace missing teeth, such as bridges, consist of a solid prosthetic made to look like several teeth in a row. Dental implants, however, replace each individual tooth one by one. Although bridges are functional, they simply don’t have the same natural appearance as a dental implant that replaces each single missing tooth. 

Whether you need to replace one or several teeth, implants improve the aesthetic value of your smile and bring back your self-confidence when you talk or chew your favorite foods. 

5. Implants preserve healthy, natural surrounding teeth

If you opt for a bridge to replace missing teeth instead of implants, the bridge is held in place by the teeth on either side. This means it’s necessary to grind down your existing healthy teeth so Dr. Sunkin can cement the bridge over these teeth. In other words, some of the enamel from the healthy, adjacent teeth must be removed to accommodate the bridge.

Implants don’t require any alterations to the teeth next to a missing one. Dr. Sunkin simply fits your new implant into the space without having to reduce the size and shape of your other teeth.

Dental implants effectively give you back a beautiful smile and restore your teeth to full function. And as long as you continue to take care of your teeth and get regular check-ups, implants can last many years. Implants take some time to install, but the natural, highly functional outcome is worth the time and effort. 

Ready to learn how dental implants can bring your smile back to life? Call or click online today to schedule a consultation at Hudson River Dental arts. It’s the first step toward preserving your smile and your oral health. (201) 431-9682.

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