Why Dental Implants are the Best Choice for Replacing Missing Teeth

Are you ready to fix that gap in your smile? Contact our office at 716-265-0981 or schedule an appointment for a consultation

When you lose a tooth, the effects go far beyond simple cosmetic damage. Losing one tooth can start a cascade of tooth loss, resulting in significant changes to your facial structure. While there are many options available to you when it comes to tooth replacement, only one addresses these long-term effects.

At the cosmetic dental practice of Dr. Peter C. Gambertoglio, located in Spring, Texas, dental implant placement can permanently restore your smile. Implants are the ideal solution for replacing one or more missing teeth and can prevent your face from changing its shape due to tooth and bone loss.

Who needs dental implants?

Nearly 70% of United States adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. When a tooth is lost, there is no root to stimulate the jawbone. This causes the bone to begin to slowly dissolve. 

To complicate matters, adjacent teeth begin to shift into the empty space, loosen, and fall out. The process repeats until all teeth are lost. When this happens, your face appears sunken in, even if dentures are used as tooth replacements. Unfortunately, dentures and bridgework can’t replace lost bone.

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several adjacent teeth, or an entire arch of teeth in the upper or bottom jaw. They act as replacement tooth roots, providing the stimulation that your jawbone needs to stay healthy and strong and support your facial structure.

The dental implant process

Dr. Gambertoglio will consult with you about your smile restoration and examine your remaining teeth, your jawbone, and your periodontal (gum) health to determine if your mouth is ready for dental implant placement. If needed, he can recommend a bone graft or treatment for periodontal disease to make sure your implant is placed in a healthy mouth for a higher chance of success.

A scan of your mouth is used to guide implant placement. The implant itself is a piece of surgical grade titanium that looks like a tiny screw. Once the bone fuses with the screw threads (a process called osseointegration), an abutment is placed on the implant. After your gums heal around the abutment, the restoration (usually a dental crown) is placed and the procedure is complete.

If you have multiple teeth missing, or a complete arch of teeth is gone, dental implants can be used to support permanent partial or full dentures for a natural-looking smile. You’ll be able to speak, talk, chew and smile normally, and your lips and cheeks will look fuller and younger.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants have many benefits over bridgework or dentures. These benefits include high success rates ranging from 89%-98%, and long-lasting effects (with proper care, implants can last the rest of your life.) Those who opt for dental implants can also receive mental, emotional and psychological benefits associated with having an attractive smile and restored functionality for talking and eating. 

Are you ready to fix that gap in your smile? Contact our office at 716-265-0981 or schedule an appointment for a consultation using our convenient online booking tool.

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