The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems associated with tooth loss is the subsequent loss of bone in the jaw where the natural tooth root used to be, causing additional dental health issues and bite problems. This type of bone loss typically leads to a ‘shrunken jaw” appearance and can make someone look older than their years.
Dental implants address this issue, offering patients who have lost a tooth a “replacement in kind”: a prosthetic tooth that is anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post that mimics the tooth root. Once implanted, the post acts much like a natural tooth root, helping to stimulate natural bone growth to support the tooth structure. A dental implant not only provides patients with a secure, natural looking and functioning tooth, but it can also help to reduce further bone loss and support long term dental health.
Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures when a patient has either multiple missing teeth to replace or wishes to fix the problem of ill fitting dentures. Strategically placed implants will serve to support the denture and also help to maintain sufficient bone retention and growth for better long term oral health.
Gouverneur, NY dentist Dr. Gardner offers implant dentistry and will create a customized treatment plan to suit your unique dental health needs and budget. Dr. Gardner uses some of the latest dental technologies in order to provide accurate diagnoses and results that blend with your natural smile. He will coordinate your care with a local oral surgeon for the first phase of treatment, placing your final restoration in his dental office.
If you have a damaged tooth, missing tooth, or slipping dentures contact ADr. Gardner to schedule a consultation. Restoring a healthy and functional smile as soon as possible can avoid even bigger problems down the road.