Fill the Gap in Your Smile
If you’re living with one or more missing teeth, it can make you really self-conscious. It can also have a serious impact on your daily routine, first impressions, and even your health. If you find yourself covering your smile or having difficulty eating, a dental implant could be right for you.
A dental implant is a natural-looking, permanent solution for anyone suffering with missing, damaged, or decayed teeth. Your dental implant consists of three parts:
- Fixture — Made of titanium, it secures the implant to your jawbone to provide support for the restoration.
- Abutment — The middle piece that connects the fixture to your porcelain crown, creating a seamless appearance.
- Porcelain crown — Placed on top of the abutment, it’s customized to blend with your smile.
A dental implant is the only type or restoration that reverses the damage caused by missing teeth. The implant stimulates healthy jawbone growth and provides a strong foundation to hold your natural teeth in place. If you’re missing a tooth, Dr. Stanislaus can reconstruct it with a dental implant in only a few visits.
The implant process starts when we surgically attach the fixture to your jawbone. The bone will then merge to the implant fixture, which is a process called osseointegration. After the fixture is secured to the jawbone, Dr. Stanislaus will attach the abutment and porcelain crown.
Your attractive crown is designed to blend in with your smile. Porcelain is an outstanding material for dental restorations because it’s strong and it reacts to the light like your natural teeth do.
According to a 2004 study, adults have lost an average of seven teeth by the age of 64. If you’re missing more than one tooth, Dr. Stanislaus offers two dental implant options to fill in the gaps to restore your smile.
If you have a gap in your smile caused by several adjacent teeth, Dr. Stanislaus may elect to restore them using a customized implant-supported bridge. This is a single, implant-support restoration that contains two or more prosthetic replacement teeth called pontics. However, if you’re missing teeth that aren’t beside each other, Dr. Stanislaus will use individual implants to fill each space. We use advanced technology such as the CEREC system to craft prosthetic teeth that naturally and seamlessly blend into your smile.
Implants vs. Bridges
The most promising treatment for missing teeth is a dental implant. And yet, some patients believe that a bridge is a better replacement option. Though bridges may be necessary in certain cases, a majority of patients would find dental implants to be more beneficial.
For instance, implants don’t deplete the health of surrounding teeth, as bridges would. And, thanks to the process of osseointegration, Dental implants stimulate bone growth and preserve your structure of your jawbone. Without an implant, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate and weaken, which is common when a missing tooth is replaced with a restoration that sits on top of the gums, like a bridge. And lastly, since the implant is secured to your jawbone, it feels and functions like a natural tooth. You can feel confident knowing that your smile looks healthy and attractive.
Dental Implants Can Help
If you’re missing one tooth or several, we encourage you to schedule a no-obligation consultation to achieve your smile goals. Dr. Stanislaus believes every patient deserves a beautiful smile which is why we offer single and multiple tooth replacement options, as well as full arch overdentures.
Fill out our simple contact form below or give us a call at (718) 865-8320 to speak to a member of our friendly staff. Don’t wait another day to complete your smile with Dr. Stanislaus.