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Why Dental Implants Are the Best Replacement Option for Missing Teeth

Having missing teeth is a growing problem in the United States. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, with an additional 40 million missing all of their teeth. 

Unfortunately, many of these individuals won’t get the necessary procedures to replace their missing teeth and will suffer dire oral health consequences as a result. 

Our team of experienced dentists at Tooth Docs don’t want you to be another statistic. That’s why we offer a wide variety of options to fill in the gaps of your smile, including the gold standard of teeth replacement methods, dental implants. 

Why do you need to replace a missing tooth?

Whether you lost your tooth after trauma or as the result of the slow progression of disease and decay, it’s imperative that you make a plan to replace it as quickly as possible. 

It can be easy to ignore a missing tooth, especially if it’s in the back of your mouth, but the gap left behind presents threats to your health. 

For example, a missing tooth can cause you to chew awkwardly on one side, affecting your jaw and facial muscles. Your teeth also start to shift more and more every day your tooth is missing, which leads to problems like changes to your speech and bite and other issues like tooth sensitivity and teeth grinding. 

Your jawbone also starts to atrophy in the absence of a natural tooth, potentially changing the shape of your face and your jaw’s ability to function properly.

In short, your teeth are meant to work together, and even one missing tooth can significantly impact the way your mouth works. 

Why choose dental implants?

You have a few options when it comes to replacing missing teeth, including bridges and dentures. But none of them compare to dental implants. Here are a few of the reasons we love dental implants.

Dental implants support your oral health

The only way to avoid the potential health threats of a missing tooth is to replace the tooth you lost, root and all. Dental implants achieve this very goal. 

A dental implant is made of a crown attached to a screw-like post. Once surgically implanted, the post begins to fuse to your jawbone and become permanently fixed in your mouth. Your jawbone receives stimulation from the implants much like it would from a natural tooth, and you have a full set of teeth working together again. 

This means that your other teeth don’t shift out of place, and you don’t experience any functional changes in your mouth or other oral health threats. 

Dental implants make life easier

Dental implants behave like real teeth, which makes everyday functions as easy as they were before you lost your tooth. With dental implants, you can eat normally and talk without skipping a beat. 

Furthermore, dental implants never have to be removed to be cleaned or cared for, which means you have one less thing to worry about during your regular oral hygiene routine. 

Dental implants are comfortable

Other dental appliances like dentures can become uncomfortable in your mouth even when they’re custom-made. Dental implants become permanent parts of your anatomy and never cause any discomfort or slip and slide in your mouth. 

Dental implants give you a confidence boost

In addition to the list of health problems, a missing tooth can also impact your self-esteem. Not only do dental implants fill in the gaps, but they also match the shade of your natural teeth and look and feel like real teeth. 

No one ever has to know that they’re implants. 

Dental implants are durable

Dental implants are among the strongest dental appliances available. If you can keep up a regular dental hygiene routine, they should last you a lifetime. 

If you’re ready to have one of our experts fill in the gaps of your smile, request an appointment at any of our three offices in Roslyn or New York, New York online or over the phone today.

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