Given the amount of use, it’s no surprise that damage to your teeth can cause serious problems in your life.
Especially if you are missing teeth, many routine tasks like eating and speaking can become difficult. Unfortunately, the problem only grows the longer you go without teeth, and your teeth are more likely to be at risk for decay, disease, and damage.
Luckily, there are a few solutions to these problems, and Reconstructive Dentistry can help. One of the best solutions we offer is implant dentistry. If you’re looking for the best implant dentistry NYC has to offer, Reconstructive Dentistry can provide it, and here’s how it can help.
How the Best Implant Dentistry NYC Has to Offer Can Preserve Your Smile
Teeth are some of the most fragile bones in your body simply because they are exposed to so much wear and tear every day. To help protect against damage, your teeth have a protective layer of enamel, which acts like armor to prevent physical and chemical damage. But enamel can get damaged too, and some teeth just get damaged, whether it’s from physical trauma, the result of diet, or an infection.
When your enamel is damaged, tooth decay can set in, and that can be a serious problem. As teeth decay, they become weaker and can develop irregularities or even fall out of your jaw. And if they fall out of your jaw (or they are knocked out as the result of physical trauma), that’s where the real trouble starts.
When your jaw is missing teeth, it can cause a lot of trouble for the neighboring teeth
That’s because a little less than half your teeth are hidden inside your gums, attached to your jawbone. When teeth fall out, this “root” is no longer part of the jawbone, creating what is basically a tooth-sized hole in your jaw. Imagine you are building a fence, but knock over one of the fence posts. The boards next to that post will lean in over time, and maybe even drag their neighbors with them.
That’s what happens to your teeth when you are missing a tooth. The gap in the jaw causes the surrounding teeth to (very slowly) collapse inward, pulling the surrounding teeth with them, as the gap slowly closes. This can also cause problems for the roots of the teeth that are still in the jaw, weakening them and making them more prone to disease, decay, and damage.
But with Reconstructive Dentistry, the best implant dentistry NYC has to offer, can change all of this. Implants use a metal (usually a titanium alloy) “root” that is placed into the bone, taking the place of the natural tooth root. After the area has healed, the dentist will place a custom-fitted crown onto the implant, so you have exactly the tooth you need aesthetically, but with the added support of your jaw being reinforced. That titanium root isn’t going anywhere, so your jawbone is happy and healthy and the neighboring teeth are fully supported.
This means that implant dentistry can completely transform your smile, and might even be able to save it. If you’d like to learn more about how our implant dentistry in NYC can help you, contact our office today!