Plenty of people live with missing teeth. Yet missing teeth can be a major issue, and not only from an appearance standpoint. When someone loses a tooth, they become more prone to all sorts of other problems including a higher risk of periodontal disease, greater chance of further tooth loss, and increased likelihood of the remaining teeth shifting out of place. The good news is that patients have a few options when it comes to replacing their missing teeth, including getting fitted for dentures or undergoing placement of dental implants.
Traditional Removable Dentures
For centuries, removable dentures were the main way for people with missing teeth to regain normal eating and speaking function. Today, lots of adults still rely on dentures to improve their quality of life. The biggest benefit of removable dentures is that they instantly solve some of the biggest complaints about missing a full arch of teeth, such as not being able to chew foods or say words clearly.
Dentures are not perfect, though. Over time, dentures often stop fitting well, making them uncomfortable and apt to come loose. Plus, they need to be removed and cleaned on a daily basis. Not all dentures look realistic, either. This can make them a secondary choice to a more popular—and basically permanent—solution for missing teeth: dental implants.
Dental Implants and Implant-Supported Dentures
Dental implants have become a trusted, widespread solution to resolve the issue of missing teeth. As soon as single implants are surgically placed, the implant post starts to fuse with the surrounding bone and stimulate the jaw. In essence it becomes an identical stand-in to a tooth root. A tooth-colored prosthesis can be attached to the post, perfectly mimicking the look of the missing natural tooth. Patients appreciate how lifelike their new dental implants in Mohegan Lake look, as well as how easy they are to care for.
What happens when a patient requires replacement for an entire arch of teeth, though? Dental implant technology can help in that situation, too. Rather than replacing the teeth one at a time with dental implants, dentists can place a few dental implants in strategic places. A removable or permanent denture will be attached to those dental implants. The result is a missing tooth option that is built for life, making it highly affordable over time!
Who Is a Candidate for Missing Tooth Options Like Dental Implants in Mohegan Lake?
Who can receive dental implants or implant-supported dentures? Quite a number of people! Patients with missing teeth who have no existing dental health and general health problems may be candidates for dental implant placement right away. Others may require gum disease treatment, laser therapy, or bone grafting before receiving the go-ahead for dental implant surgery.
If you are interested in receiving dental implants, contact our office in Mohegan Lake, NY to schedule an appointment with our doctors, Dr. George Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia, by calling our new patient line at (914) 594-6824. We can work together to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants.