At Smile Cafe, dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone to support replacement teeth or dental restorations. They are a popular and effective solution for individuals who have lost one or more teeth. Dental implants provide a stable and durable foundation for replacement teeth. They integrate with the jawbone through osseointegration, creating a solid bond that mimics the natural tooth root. This allows for secure and comfortable biting, chewing, and speaking.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing solution for tooth replacement. The replacement teeth, known as dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, are custom-made to match your natural teeth' color, shape, and size, providing a seamless and attractive smile.
Preservation of Jawbone
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone in that area can deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation. Dental implants help preserve the jawbone by providing stimulation and preventing bone loss. This is essential for maintaining facial structure and preventing a sunken-in or aged facial appearance.
Longevity and Durability
Dental implants can last many years or even a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution, reducing the need for frequent replacements or adjustments.
Enhanced Quality of Life
Dental implants offer numerous benefits that can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals with missing teeth. They restore oral function, including proper chewing and speaking ability. Dental implants also eliminate the discomfort and inconvenience associated with removable dentures, allowing for increased confidence and self-esteem.
The Process of Getting Dental Implants
The first stage of the implant process involves the placement of the implant post into the jawbone. This is typically done under local anesthesia, but sedation options may be available. The dentist will make a small incision in the gum tissue and drill a hole into the jawbone to insert the implant post. The gum tissue is then stitched closed and allowed to heal. Over the next several weeks or months, the implant post will fuse with the surrounding jawbone through osseointegration. This creates a strong and stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
Once the implant fully integrates with the jawbone, a small connector piece called an abutment is attached to the implant post. This serves as a base for dental restoration. Finally, the custom-made dental restoration (such as a crown, bridge, or denture) is attached to the abutment. The restoration is designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and restore proper chewing and speaking function.
Dental implants are a safe, durable option for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile’s function and beauty. Get in touch with Smile Cafe at 45 Park Ave, Professional Unit 1, New York, NY 10016, or call (212) 779-3494 to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile.