If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you may want to consider getting dental implants. These artificial tooth roots are able to support all kinds of dental appliances, including a full set of dentures. Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht have helped countless people in Staten Island, NY experience restored smiles thanks to implant dentistry.
The stability of dental implants makes them ideal for tooth loss throughout the mouth. This includes the front teeth, which are so prominent in the smile and essential for biting and chewing. Let’s explore this issue in more detail below.
Problems Caused by Missing Front Teeth
If you are missing your front teeth, you’re bound to experience cosmetic issues as well as dental health problems.
In terms of aesthetics, you’re missing the most prominent teeth in your mouth. This is bound to leave you feeling self-conscious about laughing, speaking, and smiling around others.
In terms of dental health issues, missing front teeth can make it difficult to bite various kinds of foods. You may have to modify your diet so it’s predominantly soft foods, which can affect your nutrition and general wellness.
Why Dental Implants Are an Ideal Solution
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the jawbone just like natural tooth roots. With dental implants in place, the dental appliance supported is unlikely to budge or shift. This means a strong bite, sturdy teeth, and excellent aesthetics as well.
Good Candidates for Front Teeth Dental Implants
Ideal candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. With regard to front teeth specifically, a good candidate may be missing just one tooth or all of their front teeth. They should be in good overall health to undergo an oral surgery, and they should have sufficient jawbone and gum tissue along the tooth gap.
During your visit to Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, we can assess your situation and determine if you’d benefit from dental implants.
What Dental Appliance Will Be Used?
This will depend on the number of missing teeth. For a single missing front tooth, a dental crown supported by a dental implant will suffice. For multiple missing front teeth, an implant-supported dental bridge is a good choice. For the loss of all the front teeth, a partial denture will be the most sensible option.
Healing Time and the Process of Osseointegration
Once the dental implant or implants are set in place through oral surgery, a process known as osseointegration must take place. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the dental implant with the bone tissue. Only when osseointegration is completed will the dental implant be ready to support a dental appliance. This process can take several months to complete.
The Results of Implant Dentistry Treatment
Patients who have front teeth replaced thanks to dental implants experience a level of bite stability that is unmatched by removable dental appliances. You can even eat difficult foods such as apples and corn on the cob with implant-supported appliances. Your front teeth will remain anchored in place, and you can smile with confidence knowing that your false teeth look and function like natural teeth.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss
If you would like more information about dental implants and how they might benefit you and your dental health, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center. You can reach Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist by phone at (718) 705-4434.