Are you a candidate for dental implants? | Bronx, NY

By Montefiore Medical Center
October 30, 2019

When permanent teeth are lost, this can lead to serious negative impact to the smile’s health, function, and appearance. To prevent these complications from occurring, including an aged appearance, misalignment, or reduction functionality, patients need to have their missing teeth addressed as soon as possible with the team of Montefiore Medical Center of Bronx, NY. Patients are often interested in learning more about implant dentistry, and want to find out if they are appropriate candidates for dental implants.

Oral health factors

When a tooth is lost from the smile, the rest of the mouth takes notice. Without a tooth root, the body doesn’t need to supply the jawbone with special nutrients to keep the bone tissue strong. This tissue deteriorates through a process called bone resorption. The shrinking and lost tissue can lead to further tooth loss as well as an aged appearance. Patients with tooth loss may also notice misalignment and additional gaps as the remaining teeth begin to shift out of the dental arch. Uneven teeth can be difficult to properly brush and floss, increasing the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Patients missing teeth often experience difficulties in eating properly and speaking clearly.

To determine candidacy for implant dentistry, the dentists of Montefiore Medical Center will begin by looking at the jawbone tissue. If significant amount of bone tissue has been lost due to the missing tooth, bone grafting is often performed to prepare the mouth for dental implants. Advanced stages of gum disease may also be a major factor in adult tooth loss, and will require treatment before patients are suitable for the placement of dental implants. Dental implants require sufficient bone to be successfully placed during oral surgery.

Schedule a Consultation at the Montefiore Medical Center

At Montefiore Medical Center, our team provides durable, natural-looking solutions for missing teeth within the smile. To talk to our team about your implant dentistry options, we encourage you to call our practice at (888) 700-6623 or submit an online contact form. We proudly treat patients in and around the areas of Bronx, NY with 11 convenient locations.

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