Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base and replace a missing tooth.
Dr. Jacquie Smiles specializes in dental implants for her NYC patients in Midtown.
Dental implants have several advantages over dentures, which are removable artificial teeth:
- look more natural and feel comfortable
- improve chewing function
- lead to a lower risk of cavaties
- cause decreased sensitivity
- do not need to be taken out and cleaned every night
Here are 10 important things to know before getting dental implants for NYC patients:
1. THEY ARE MADE OF TITANIUM
Dental implants are made of titanium which is the same material used to make space shuttles and guided missiles. This durable material is long-lasting, strong, and provides a secure artificial root.
2. THEY CAN’T DECAY
While good oral hygiene is necessary for overall good oral health which includes keeping your dental implant clean, you don’t need to worry about the implant decaying due to the durable titanium material.
3. THEY ARE A PERMANENT SOLUTION
Dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly over the years.
4. THEY MIMIC NATURAL TEETH
Dental implants are secured into your jawbone. You don’t need to worry about the tooth slipping or coming out. They look natural and match your other teeth to create a beautiful smile.
5. POSSIBLE NERVE DAMAGE
While it’s rare for nerve damage to happen with dental implants, it is a possibility. The Inferior Alveolar Nerve can become damaged during drilling. It’s important that you choose a professional and experienced dentist like Dr. Jacquie Smiles to do the procedure and lessen the risk of nerve damage.
6. YOUR JAW BECOMES STRONGER
Dental implants stimulate bone growth in the jawbone. Other tooth restoration options such as dentures allow the jaw bone to naturally deteriorate.
7. THEY ARE AS STRONG AS NATURAL TEETH
Dental implants match the durability and strength of natural teeth. They allow you to bit and chew exactly the same way you did with your natural teeth.
8. IT’S A ROUTINE PROCEDURE
The success rate for dental implant surgery is more than 98%. Ideal candidates are those with jawbone to support the implant and have overall good health. The procedure involves implanting a small screw-like root into the jaw bone and allowing time for the bone to grow around the implant for maximum support.
9. IMPROVES OVERALL HEALTH
Dental implants allow you to fully chew your food which makes it easy for your digestive system to do its job. You also can eat a variety of healthy foods that you can’t eat if you have missing teeth. The improved digestion combined with healthy food improves your overall health.
10. IMPROVES SPEECH
Those who have missing teeth often have difficulty speaking. Dental implants allow you to pronounce words correctly and improve your speech.
Potential complications of dental implants
NYC patients who may undergo this procedure may experience complications during or afterward. The issues may include:
- nerve damage, resulting in altered sensation in the surgical area
- an opening of the incision following surgery
- movement of the implant
- exposure of the implant above the gumline
- infection of the implant
Dental implants are a common procedure that restores oral health, looks natural, works exactly like a natural tooth, and boosts self-esteem.
Are you ready to restore your confidence with natural-looking dental implants?