When you are missing a tooth or many teeth, there are plenty of aesthetic issues that you can face. You may feel hesitant to laugh, smile, or speak, for instance, even around people who you have known for years. There are also a number of dental health problems to consider, including:
- Difficulty eating certain foods
- Speech impediments
- Tooth misalignment
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
It's for these reasons that patients come to our Staten Island cosmetic dentistry center for advanced dental care treatment. One option that is especially helpful to consider is implant dentistry. By getting dental implants placed, patients are able to have a great and healthy smile again.
About Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the gap where a missing tooth once was. The dental implants are embedded in the natural bone tissue and gum tissue of the patient's mouth. Once integrated with these structures, they provide an exceptional hold that is comparable to natural tooth roots.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Implants
The best candidates for Staten Island dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and still have sufficient gum and bone tissue remaining to support the artificial root. In some cases, patients may be able to undergo a bone grafting and/or gum grafting surgery in order to build up the necessary tissue to support a dental implant. These patients should be in otherwise good dental health and not suffer from any health conditions that would make oral surgery a risky proposition.
Dental Crowns for Missing Teeth
For people who are missing an individual tooth, one of the best options for an implant-supported dental restoration is a dental crown. Dental crowns are specially crafted caps for the teeth, usually used in major cases of tooth decay and tooth injury.
Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth
For people who are missing a few teeth in a row, the best option for an implant-supported dental restoration is a dental bridge. Dental bridges are partial restorations that are used to bridge the gap left by multiple missing teeth. Multiple dental implants will be needed to hold a dental bridge in place.
Dentures for Missing Teeth
When a patient is missing multiple teeth in a row, dental crowns and dental bridges will no longer be a viable option to consider for treatment. In such matters, the best possible option for care is a partial or full denture. These dental restorations are used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. There are different ways that dental implants can support a denture, and the best option will be determined during your consultation.
The Best Option for You and Your Needs
In general, the best option for a single missing tooth or a few individual missing teeth is dental crowns. For a few missing teeth in a row, the best option to consider is a dental bridge. When you are missing many teeth, the best possible option for treatment will be a partial or full denture. We will go over all of your options in full detail during your visit so you can make a well-informed decision about your dental health.
Learn More About Advanced Dental Care
For more information about dental implants and other options for great dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Staten Island cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your dental care options.