Understanding the Oral Health Benefits of Dental Implants
Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Difficulty chewing or speaking can affect a person's ability to eat properly and confidently interact with others. Patients who suffer from tooth loss often come to see us at Astoria Dental Group and learn about options to replace their missing teeth.
Dental implants are widely considered the best restorative option because they can replace the entire structure of the tooth, from root to crown. An implant is a titanium post that is surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth's roots. This post provides support to a dental crown, bridge, or denture and restores function and aesthetics to your smile.
Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel often recommend this restorative method because of the many functional and oral health benefits of dental implants. Patients in Queens and the surrounding areas can learn more about these advantages by contacting our practice. Reach out to us and make an appointment with one of our doctors today.
Improved Periodontal Health
When a patient has a tooth extracted or it falls out, bacteria can build up and proliferate in the spaces left by the missing teeth. If left untreated, this bacteria will lead to serious forms of gum disease. By replacing missing teeth with implant-supported restorations, we are able to vastly improve the health of a patients' gums and allow them to brush and floss as they normally would.
Protection Against Further Damage
In some cases, even root canal therapy cannot restore unhealthy teeth and they will need to be extracted. When teeth have suffered extensive damage, they are more susceptible to further deterioration and bacteria buildup. Bacteria that is harbored within cracks or chips can exacerbate existing decay, severely weakening the tooth and surrounding tissue. Replacing these damaged teeth with implants and implant-supported restorations will allow your doctor to form a strong foundation for your future oral health.
Preserving Your Jawbone from Deterioration
When tooth loss occurs, the underlying jawbone begins to deteriorate because it no longer receives stimulation from the tooth's roots during chewing and speaking. This stimulation signals the body that the jawbone needs nourishment. When the stimulation stops, the bone will gradually begin to erode. A dental implant is the only restorative option that can replace the tooth's root and supply the jawbone with stimulation, stopping and even sometimes reversing bone loss.
Minimal Tooth Alteration
With many other restorative treatments, such as traditional bridges, the surrounding teeth need to be altered to accommodate and support the prosthetic. With dental implants, the restoration is fully supported by the titanium posts, and the surrounding teeth remain unaffected. This maintains the health and strength of adjacent natural teeth.
Contact Our Office
If you have severely damaged or missing teeth and would like to learn more about the many benefits of dental implants, please contact our office. You can learn more about your candidacy for implants during a consultation with one of our skilled and caring doctors.