Learn How Dental Implants Can Restore Function and Beauty Following Tooth Loss or Extraction

By Montefiore Medical Center
February 14, 2020

Are you missing one or more teeth in the smile? Have you had to have a tooth extracted due to severe decay or periodontal disease? Are you looking for a way to restore the function and beauty of your smile? If this sounds like you, the team of Montefiore Medical Center encourage you to book an appointment to learn more about the placement of dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is best described as a metal tooth root replacement. Often made of a metal called titanium, which is biocompatible with the body, these small posts are placed during oral surgery into the bone of the jaw where the previous tooth was extracted or lost. After several weeks, as osteointegration improves bone growth and solidifies the implant in place, the dentist will place a restoration over the top of the dental implant’s abutment. It may be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a denture. This depends greatly on the patient’s individual needs.

Who is a candidate for a dental implant?

Patients best suited for dental implants are individuals who have sufficient bone of the jaw in place to ensure successful surgery. Without enough bone, the implant placement can fail. Patients sometimes consider bone grafting to prepare the area for a dental implant later on if they choose to move forward with this solution. Patients should have any tooth decay and periodontal disease treated prior to having the implant procedure scheduled.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

Dental implants have several advantages. The dentists of Montefiore Medical Center encourage patients to consider these benefits, which include:

• Longevity
• Stability
• Strength
• Natural appearance
• Versatility

What other alternatives are available?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, patients have a plethora of options they can consider. Some choose to move forward with dentures, such as partial dentures or full dentures. Dental bridges can also be utilized to replace one or more teeth in a row. The most advanced solution for patients missing an entire arch of teeth is the implant-retained denture, which combines several implants along the dental arch with a full denture for optimum strength and function.

Considering dental implants?

Contact Montefiore Medical Center today at (888) 700-6623 to discuss the benefits of dental implants for restoring the function and beauty of the smile!

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