Until recently, there were not so many options to choose from for tooth replacement if you had lost a permanent tooth. Bridges and dentures are the traditional methods of restoring your smile to its natural appearance and full functioning, but they require a lot of maintenance and aren’t as secure as natural teeth.
Dental implants are a permanent, modern solution for tooth loss that preserve your oral health and restore the feel and function of normal teeth. Dr. Poorva Parnaik of Dental Creations is a leading implant and cosmetic dentist in Medford, NJ who has years of experience helping patients restore their smile and confidence.
1. Implants last a lifetime
Because they are surgically embedded in the jawbone, dental implants can last for decades with proper care and careful use. The crown — the false tooth — may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the titanium implant screw embedded into the jaw can last for decades. Make certain to visit Dr. Parnaik or your area dentist regularly to have your implant inspected for proper functioning.
2. Dental implants keep your jawbone healthy
Although replacing missing teeth may seem like “only” a cosmetic concern, it’s really much more than that. Allow a space to remain in the jawbone where you have lost a tooth can actually cause the bone tissue to deteriorate. This could potentially place your neighboring teeth and the jawbone structure itself at risk, and could even lead to more complicated dental problems and a sunken appearance to the mouth, changing the entire look of your face.
Dental implants replace missing teeth from the root up, which keeps the surrounding teeth from moving. This keeps your entire smile and mouth healthy while preserving the health and structure of your jawbone.
3. Implants protect healthy teeth
In addition to promoting healthy jawbone tissue and stopping your other teeth from moving, dental implants require no alteration of the neighboring teeth as dental bridges do. When you have a dental bridge placed, the teeth adjacent to where the bridge is being placed must be crowned to support the tooth in between. This involves removing the enamel of the surrounding teeth to place the crown over top.
On the other hand, dental Implants are inserted directly into the jawbone in the gap left by the lost tooth and do not need to be anchored in place by other teeth. So when you receive an implant, the only teeth that are affected are those that are missing or need to be replaced.
4. Implants feel and function like natural teeth
Dental implants require no special cleaning or care to be maintained or function. Dentures, however, must be removed for cleaning and cemented into the mouth with messy adhesives. While bridges require careful flossing in order to clean under and around them. But dental implants allow you to brush and floss them just as you would with your natural teeth and never need to be removed unless damaged.
Dental Implants in Medford, NJ
Dental implants are the long term solution for tooth replacement and better oral health. Dental Creations, Dr. Parnaik’s practice in Medford, is focused on the lifetime maintenance of a comfortable, functional smile that provides her patients the best possible quality of life. Schedule your appointment online or call 609.365.0673 to start restoring your smile and confidence today.