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Losing teeth can make it more difficult to eat, not to mention the effect it can have on your smile. But that could be just the beginning of your problems. Missing teeth can contribute to extensive bone loss within your jaws and face. Here's why.
Bone is like any other living tissue—cells develop, function and eventually die, and new cells take their place. Forces generated during chewing stimulate this new growth, helping the jawbone maintain its normal volume and density.
But you lose this stimulus when you lose teeth. This can cause a slowdown in bone cell regrowth that can eventually diminish bone volume. And it can happen relatively quickly: you could lose a quarter or more of jawbone width around a missing tooth within a year.
As this loss continues, especially in cases of multiple missing teeth, the bone can eventually erode to its base level. This loss of dental function can make chewing more difficult, place more pressure on the remaining teeth and adversely affect facial appearance. It could also prevent an implant restoration to replace missing teeth.
Dentures and other forms of dental restoration can replace missing teeth, but not the chewing stimulus. Dentures in particular will accelerate bone loss, because they can irritate the bony gum ridges they rest upon.
Dental implants, on the other hand, can slow or even stop bone loss. Implants consist of a metal post, typically made of titanium, imbedded into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth with a life-like crown attached. Titanium also has a strong affinity with bone so that bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the implant's surface. This can produce enough growth to slow, stop or even reverse bone loss.
This effect may also work when implants are combined with other restorations, including dentures. These enhanced dentures no longer rest on the gums, but connect to implants. This adds support and takes the pressure off of the bony ridge, as well as contributes to better bone health.
If you've lost a tooth, it's important to either replace it promptly or have a bone graft installed to help forestall any bone loss in the interim. And when it's time to replace those missing teeth, dental implants could provide you not only a life-like solution, but a way to protect your bone health.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
Dental implants are the more natural tooth replacement. The dentists at Upper East Smiles in the Upper East Side in NYC know dental implants, and you may want to consider requesting a consult to see if you are a good candidate for implants.
Why should I choose dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural choice for tooth replacement because they are attached directly to the jaw bone. The implanted tooth looks like a small screw and serves as the artificial replacement for the root of your missing or damaged tooth. In addition, the implants themselves are made of titanium or other materials that do not cause an adverse reaction when attached to your gums and jaw bone.
Once implanted, the bone bonds with the post of the implant, forming a sturdy foundation. Finally, a prosthetic crown is placed on the implant that functions, looks, and feels like a natural tooth.
What to know about dental implants
Dental implants are state-of-the-art technology that researchers have been perfecting since the early 1980s. When you choose the dentists at Upper East Smiles in the Upper East Side, NYC, for dental implants, you know you are receiving the care needed for your implants to last your lifetime. Routine check-ups and good oral hygiene are all that are required to maintain dental implants. Dentures require frequent cleaning and may need replacement every 5 to 10 years leading to more out-of-pocket costs over time.
When you come into the office for your consultation, the dentist uses 3D imaging technology to ensure a precise fit leading to comfort and stability. On the other hand, dentures are often ill-fitted or wear down on your jaw bone with time leading to discomfort and bone loss.
Talk to us today about your future with dental implants
If you have missing or damaged teeth and are ready to talk to an experienced dentist about dental implants, call Upper East Smiles in the Upper East Side, NYC, today at (646) 864-1808.
Your smile is one of your most important features. We can make it perfect!
Sure, a good smile can lift and brighten any mood. In fact, there is an array of health benefits attached to smiling. But did you know that while children often smile up to 400 times a day, the average person only smiles about 20? If the reason you’re not smiling much these days is that you don’t feel so confident in your smile, here are some of how our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists can boost your daily smile count.
This non-invasive treatment has been a wonderful way to instantly brighten your lackluster smile. Using a professional hydrogen peroxide solution, we can get your smile up to seven shades whiter in under an hour. Other over-the-counter products can’t promise the same fast or visibly brighter results. Our office has the technology and knowledge to get your teeth their whitest.
If you’re dealing with crooked, misshapen, cracked, or severely discolored teeth, then veneers could restore your smile for the long term. These thin porcelain shells are affixed to the front of the tooth using special cement.
This is a great treatment option for someone looking to give their smile a makeover without lots of time-consuming procedures or extensive tooth prep since only a minimal portion of your tooth’s enamel will be shaved down to make room for your new veneers. A local anesthetic ensures that your experience is painless, and each veneer is specially crafted by our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists to fit your smile and yours alone.
Also known as tooth reshaping, this conservative treatment promises instant results for reshaping and correcting crooked, chipped, or cracked teeth. This is the best course of action for those looking to make subtle changes to their smile. We simply remove small amounts of enamel, which is painless, to help fix slightly chipped edges or to smooth down extremely pointy teeth.
Tooth loss can cause anyone to stop smiling. However, dental implants are a permanent solution for restoring a toothless smile. A small screw is implanted into the jawbone. Over the course of a few months, this screw fuses with the jawbone and surrounding tissue to provide a permanent base for an artificial tooth. This implant acts as a tooth’s root and promises a complete smile for life. With the proper hygiene and oral care, dental implants are a permanent answer to combating tooth loss.
These are only some of the popular cosmetic options we offer at our dental office. We have a treatment option to fit anyone’s needs and budgets. If you want to schedule a consultation with our Upper East Side, NY, cosmetic dentists, then call Upper East Side Smiles at (646) 864-1808.
Find out exactly how implants can replace your missing teeth for life.
You’ve probably noticed that a lot of your sports players have missing teeth (this is what happens if you don’t wear a mouthguard). Of course, you don’t have to be an athlete to deal with tooth loss. Gum disease and dental infections can also leave you dealing with the very same problem. However, our Upper East Side, NY, dentists can treat your tooth loss with the next best thing: dental implants.
How does a dental implant work?
An implant is a small metal post or screw that is designed to replace the roots of a tooth. In order to replace the roots, our Upper East Side, NY, dentists will need to place the implant into the jawbone exactly where the missing tooth used to be. In order to place an implant, we will need to perform a simple, minor procedure in our office.
Once the implant is placed into the jawbone it will naturally integrate with the bone and tissue over the course of several months (this is something that we will continue to monitor every time you come into our office). Once the implant and jawbone are complete, the implant is now considered a lifelong tooth replacement that will remain within the jawbone as long as you properly care for your smile and maintain good oral hygiene.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Most people assume that an implant is only right for them if they are missing just one tooth, but what about multiple teeth? You’ll be relieved to hear that an implant can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire jaw of teeth. Even if you are a current denture wearer it’s never too late to consider getting implants. After all, implants can firmly hold your full set of dentures in place, making it significantly easier to speak, bite and chew.
If you are looking to get dental implants from our Upper East Side, NY, dental team the next step is to call (646) 864-1808 to schedule a consultation. Turn to the smile experts at Upper East Smiles when you need cosmetic and restorative care.
Among dental restorations, implants are the closest prosthetic we have to real teeth. They not only replace the visible crown, but the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone adequately substitutes for the tooth root. Because of their unique design, implants are not only life-like, they’re highly durable and could potentially last for decades.
But while their success rate is remarkably high (more than 95% exceed the ten-year mark), they can fail. Ironically, one possible cause for implant failure is periodontal (gum) disease. Although an implant’s materials are themselves impervious to disease, the tissues and underlying bone that support the implant aren’t. If these natural tissues become infected, the secure hold the implant has can weaken and fail.
A gum infection usually begins with dental plaque, a thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces. Certain strains of bacteria within plaque can infect the gums. One particular form of the disease known as peri-implantitis starts as an initial infection and ensuing inflammation of gum tissues around an implant. The disease can quickly spread down to the bone and destroy the integration between the bone and the implant that helps keep the implant in place.
That’s why it’s important for you to keep the implant and the tissues around it clean of plaque, just as you would the rest of your natural teeth. This requires daily brushing and flossing around the implant and other teeth, and visiting your dentist regularly for more thorough dental cleanings.
You should also be alert to any signs of disease, especially around implants: gum redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. Because of the rapidity with which peri-implantitis can spread, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any of these signs.
Preventing gum disease, and treating it promptly if it occurs, is a key part of implant longevity. Preserving your overall dental health will help make sure your implant doesn’t become a loss statistic.