Tooth loss can happen to anyone. Along with the cosmetic issues, missing teeth can have a negative impact on your oral and general health, from interfering with nutrition to increasing your risk of infection and gum disease. Dental implants offer a complete solution to tooth loss by replacing both the root and the crown of the missing tooth. Dr. Jeffrey Pike, a dentist in Westchester, NY, offers a range of cosmetic dentistry services including dental implants.
A New and Improved Smile with Dental Implants in Westchester, NY
In addition to creating a gap in your smile that can cause social embarrassment and even affect your professional prospects and personal relationships, tooth loss continues to affect your oral health after a tooth has fallen out or been extracted. Most people don't give much thought to what happens above the gum line after a tooth is lost and understandably focus on the cosmetic impacts. But the bone tissue that keeps the root secure in the tooth's socket begins to erode and increases the risk of complications like infections and periodontal disease.
A dental implant replaces the root and anchor's the cosmetic crown in place. Implants can be used to replace an individual tooth, or to support a set of dentures on the upper or lower jaw. Once in place, an implant feels and functions just like a natural tooth and you never have to worry about adhesives or fit issues.
The implant is a biocompatible titanium screw which is surgically placed in the socket, where it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue and helps to prevent further bone loss. The cosmetic crown is later attached via an abutment to complete the restoration. With proper care that includes rigorous oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular visits to the dentist for a check up and professional cleanings, implants have a very high success rate.
If you are in good general health and have enough bone density to support the implant, dental implants may be a good option for you.
Find a Dentist in Westchester, NY
For more information about how dental implants work and whether they are the right option for you, contact The Scarsdale Dentist by calling (914) 725-0707 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pike today.