It’s estimated that 3 million Americans have one or more dental implants, and a half a million additional implants are currently being placed every year. There are many reasons dental implants have become the gold standard for tooth replacement.
In New York City, New York, at the Cosmetic and Implant Dental Studio by Dr. Dorian Cucereanu, DDS, we handle the entire dental implant procedure, from the placing of the implant itself to the restoration.
Normally, tooth loss leaves an empty socket in the bone of the jaw. Without a tooth root stimulating the bone, it begins slowly to dissolve. This bone loss and lack of support leads to adjacent teeth falling out, and the cycle keeps repeating. It’s estimated that 30% of Americans between the age of 65 and 74 are missing all of their natural teeth.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post inserted into the bone of the jaw, which fuses to it via a process known as osseointegration. Once the implant is stable, a restoration can be created to match existing teeth and attached to form a permanent tooth replacement. For patients missing many or all of their teeth, a complete set of permanent restorations can be supported by just four or six implants.
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement methods such as bridges or full dentures.
Bridgework often only lasts as long as it takes for the next tooth to fall out before having to be replaced. Dentures require constant attention and revision to prevent sores in the mouth. Neither option prevents bone loss in the jaw or additional tooth loss. In contrast, properly cared for dental implants can last the rest of your life.
Once completely installed, dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth. There’s no need for removal or special cleaning. You simply brush and floss as you normally would.
With dental implants, you’ll regain the ability to enjoy all the foods you ate before losing teeth. This includes corn on the cob, bone-in steak, and other foods you might have had to give up to protect bridgework or dentures.
Dentures or bridgework in your mouth can change or obstruct your natural speech patterns. Since dental implants mimic the form and function of your original teeth, you’ll be able to speak, laugh, and even sing naturally.
Finally, even the best dentures and bridgework can make you feel less confident, especially if bone loss sets in and you’re noticing a sunken look around your lips and cheeks. Dental implants support your facial structure, so you can feel at ease with your appearance.
Ready for a smile restoration that lasts? Make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Dorian Cucereanu by calling the office at 845-622-6785 or by booking online today.