Dental implants serve as a permanent solution for those who have suffered the loss of one or more teeth. To put it simply, dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots and are the foundation for either fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants offer a stable, long-lasting, and durable solution for your tooth replacement needs.
After dental implants are placed, they undergo osseointegration. This means that the implant fuses with the surrounding bone allowing you to bite, smile, and speak with confidence. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single missing tooth or a span of multiple missing teeth, to assist with the retention of dentures, or even to replace a full arch of missing teeth.
Tooth loss could occur as the result of tooth decay, periodontal disease, an injury, or any number of other reasons. Dental implants prevent the need for dentures or bridges and provide a look that is both comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
Dental Implants have many benefits when compared to other prosthetic options including:
- Aesthetically pleasing replacement teeth
- Provide support for surrounding teeth
- Restore facial contour and shape
- Extremely durable and strong
- Natural looking and feeling
- Will not decay or get cavities
- Increased mouth function and chewing ability
- Very convenient
- Easy to care for and maintain
- No adhesives or soaking solutions needed as with dentures
Cost of Dental Implants
At first glance, dental implants might seem more expensive than other alternative tooth replacement procedures. However, in the long run, they are a much better overall investment. With proper care and good oral hygiene, there is little to no maintenance required for your dental implants. They can last for years and in many cases, an entire lifetime. Some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Anyone with healthy gums and an adequate amount of jaw bone in which to hold the implant is a great candidate. A bone grafting procedure may be performed for patients who do not have enough bone to receive dental implants initially. Those who smoke heavily or suffer from certain chronic conditions may or may not qualify, depending on the doctor’s discretion. As with any dental procedure, daily care is critical to overall oral health. This means that proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are necessary. If you are interested in finding out if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact our office in Mt. Kisco for a consultation with Dr. Weber.