If you need to replace missing teeth, you likely have one or more options available to you. You may be a candidate for a dental bridge. You may be a good candidate for partial or full dentures. Or, your dentist may suggest dental implants. Dental implants are aesthetically attractive, completely functional, and incredibly safe. For these reasons, they are often the first tooth replacement option your dentist may suggest.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth designed to precisely mimic natural teeth in both appearance and function. A dental implant uses a titanium screw to penetrate your jaw bone. This screw mimics a natural tooth root so that the jaw bone remains intact. The screw is then covered with a crown, mimicking the natural appearance and function of a real tooth.
Dental implants have been used for more than 50 years. Dental implant surgery is considered to be a very safe dental surgery, but it is important to note that every surgery carries some risk. Potential risks, although rare, can occur. Risks include infection at the surgical site, and/or nerve problems. However, your dentist would not recommend dental implants unless the potential benefits far outweigh any potential risks.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are considered a superior form of tooth replacement for many people. This is because they offer unique benefits that dental bridges and dentures just don’t provide. Benefits of dental implants include:
- Dental Implants replace the “tooth” above and below the gumline
- Dental implants are incredibly durable, often lasting a lifetime
- Dental implants help keep adjacent teeth in their proper position
- Dental implants help to prevent jaw bone erosion
- Dental implants prevent premature aging and sagging skin
- Dental implants help safeguard against gum disease
- Dental implants provide an improved chewing experience
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule a consultation with a dentist who is experienced in dental implants. Dr. Mark Roisman has provided tooth replacements in Westport, CT for more than 25 years. Before that, he was in private practice in NYC for 12+ years.
Dr. Roisman will examine your teeth and gums to ascertain if your jaw is healthy enough to support dental implants. He will also ensure your gums are free of gingivitis or periodontitis. If you are in relatively good overall health, Dr. Roisman may recommend dental implants. If you are not a good candidate for this type of teeth replacement, he will discuss other options available to you, including dentures or a dental bridge.
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry in Westport, CT
If you’re ready to replace missing teeth and reveal a megawatt smile, schedule an appointment with Mark S. Roisman DMD today. In addition to dental implants, Dr. Roisman also offers other cosmetic treatments including teeth whitening, same visit crowns, and Invisalign. If you’re struggling with snoring and sleep apnea, he can also help. Dr. Roisman provides complete general and children’s dentistry at his office in Westport, CT. Call 203-227-6338 today.