"My smile is very important to me. I never really had huge issues with my teeth but I did have some spacing that I was not happy with. Deciding to get invisalign was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The hard part was finding a facility that would tend to my needs and make me feel at home. I researched for quite some time before actually picking a place, but I finally ended up choosing Luxury Dentistry.”
- Darween F.
When an individual is missing teeth, a method to replace these missing teeth must be considered by the dentist and the patient. Missing teeth, whether from age, disease, dental decay, or congenital issues, need to be replaced as their loss will result in functional and cosmetic problems for the patient. The loss of one or more permanent tooth is a common occurrence, with about 69% of people aged 35 to 44 missing at least one tooth, and the likelihood of losing an adult tooth only increases with age. For this reason, many techniques have been developed to address missing teeth, including dental implants, dentures, and bridgework. Today, dental implants have become the leading choice of dental technology for many dentists, including Drs. Gary and Steven Davidowitz at Luxury Dentistry NYC.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Nearly all dental implants are root-form endosseus implants, meaning that they appear and function similar to natural teeth by possessing an artificial tooth root in the form of a metal rod. At the top of the rod, an artificial tooth will be placed, which will allow the patient to once again experience a full set of functional teeth. A dental implant is designed to replace each missing tooth individually. Through a surgical procedure, a dentist will place a metal rod, usually made of titanium, into the bone under the gum line. The underlying bone accepts the metal rod and fuses the bone to the rod to create a stable, permanent root for the artificial tooth. In the past 20 years, the dental industry has worked to perfect dental implant technology. Today it is the leading choice of skilled dentists and enjoys a 95% success rate.
Dental implants differ from dentures and fixed bridges in that they are integrated into the jaw bone, whereas dentures and bridges rest on top of the gum line. Dentures and bridges simply cannot provide the same feel and function as natural teeth; however, dental implants work with the natural bone structure and allow the patient to experience normal dental function. Fixed bridges rely on the surrounding teeth for support, thus decay on surrounding teeth and gum disease often lead to their failure. Removable dentures have a tendency to slip and may cause an embarrassing clicking noise while speaking or eating. As the dental implant is permanently affixed to the jaw bone and does not rely on surrounding teeth, the satisfaction and success rates of implants tend to be much higher than those of dentures and bridges.