As dentists who have been providing dental care to the residents of Long Island for many years we are widely familiar with the problem of helping people who have lost their teeth. Bridges and dentures represent some traditional methods of dealing with replacing missing teeth. However, dental implants offer many benefits over these options. Let’s review these benefits…
The biggest problem with most tooth prostheses is the challenge of how to keep them in place. With dentures a simple adhesive is used. Although these have progressed a long way over the years in terms of improving patient discomfort, no adhesive will be perfect in securing the denture in place. The result will inevitably be patient complaints that the dentures feel loose or that they have to avoid certain foods because they are afraid the dentures might come out. Bridges provide some positive support, but require damaging the adjacent teeth to be able to fit the new prosthesis in place. This can cause more problems than it solves over time.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are designed to work and function like normal teeth. There is no need for a patient to change his diet to avoid certain hard to chew foods. There is no fear that the tooth will all of the sudden fall out at an inopportune time. The reason is that dental implants are screwed into the gum itself, providing a very firm foundation to the artificial tooth. This essentially mirrors the way normal teeth stay in place.
Keeping an artificial tooth in place can be a challenge for dental providers. By using dental implants, they can provide their patients a better quality of life by giving them artificial teeth with largely the same stability and functionality of their normal teeth.
At Shine Dental Associates of the North Shore we want to provide the best options for people with missing teeth. Please feel fee to call us for a free consultation at (516) 348-8500 so we can go over all your options.