The sturdiest, most reliable way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. At Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Anthony Foster offers dental implant procedures to support replacement teeth. Missing teeth don’t only affect your appearance, but their absence can also have consequences on your oral and overall health. If you’d like to learn more about improving your smile with dental implants, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Dental implants are secure metal posts that Dr. Foster surgically positions directly into your jawbone underneath your gums to provide stable support for a prosthetic tooth or teeth, such as dentures and bridges. Once in place, they allow Dr. Foster to mount your restoration, or replacement teeth, onto them and fill gaps in your smile. Missing teeth not only look unappealing and detract from your appearance, but the resulting shifting of teeth can lead to periodontal disease.
First, Dr. Foster makes sure that your jawbone is healthy and strong enough to support a dental implant. In some cases, he may graft additional bone material onto your jawbone for added support. Your jawbone may need time to recover.
During the implant procedure, Dr. Foster numbs the treatment area before surgically screwing an implant post in your jawbone. The implant will act as the tooth root. An additional abutment post rests atop your gum line. Your implant needs time to fuse into your jawbone naturally. This process, which is called osseointegration, takes several months.
Dr. Foster monitors your progress during the osseointegration period. Once your implant has fully healed and has fused into your jawbone, Dr. Foster will attach your restoration.
Dental implants improve your facial structure and overall appearance if you are missing teeth. They also allow your restoration to function flawlessly, even making chewing and speaking as easy as with natural teeth.
Dental implants not only improve your jaw health, but they are also some of the most secure tooth replacement options available. Your replacement teeth won’t slide around at all and should last longer if supported by dental implants.
Since your mouth experiences change as you age, your dental implants may need periodic changes throughout the years. However, dental implants generally can last you a lifetime. As long as you take proper care of them by practicing good oral hygiene, there's no reason you should ever need to replace your implants. Make sure you brush and floss regularly and maintain regular appointments with Dr. Foster for checkups and professional cleanings.
To find out if dental implants may be right for you, call or schedule a consultation online today.