If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent solution. These advanced restorations are available from cosmetic and general dentistry specialists Sangeeta Sethi, DDS, and Ramji Sethi, DDS, of Sethi Dental with locations in Greenwich, Connecticut, as well as Pomona, New York, and the Bronx borough of New York City. Call or click today to schedule a face-to-face visit and learn more.
Missing teeth can certainly make it hard to feel confident about the appearance of your smile, but there are also serious dental health consequences to consider. Each of your natural teeth are anchored directly within the underlying bone tissue.
When you bite down and chew, you stimulate that tissue, keeping it healthy and strong. Losing a tooth means losing that stimulation. The underlying area of bone can begin to wear away in a process called resorption. This can weaken the connection between adjacent teeth and bone, leading to a cascade of additional tooth loss.
Missing teeth also change the dynamics of your bite, placing undue pressure on certain teeth. You might find yourself avoiding certain foods because they are difficult to chew, which can limit your diet and cause nutritional deficiencies. You might even notice changes in your speech patterns.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option. Because implants are anchored directly within your bone, they preserve bone health over time.
You can have individual implants to replace single missing teeth, or a system that secures an entire upper or lower span of teeth using just four implanted posts. Individual implants consist of a metal post that replaces the tooth root, an artificial crown that replaces the visible portion of the tooth, and in some cases, a small connector called an abutment to join post and crown.
The planning phase is arguably the most important step in getting dental implants. Your dentist uses advanced imaging to learn more about your tooth and bone structure. Software creates a customized implant plan.
On the day of your procedure an injection of medication numbs the area. You won’t feel a thing as your dentist makes an incision in your gums to access the underlying bone.
A small pilot hole guides the implant placement. Once the post is properly positioned, your dentist closes your gum tissue around the post and a period of healing begins. You may have a temporary crown placed at this time.
Once your bone has fused to the post, you return to the office to have your new crown attached. This completes the implant process, and you’ll walk out with your new smile ready to share with the world.
To learn more about dental implants, book a visit online at your earliest convenience, or call Sethi Dental to check appointment availability.