Those gaps in your smile hurt your self-confidence and your oral function, too. Biting, chewing and speaking are so much harder when even one tooth is lost to trauma, cavities or periodontitis (gum disease). What's the solution? Most healthy people are candidates for modern dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz. These artificial teeth reside right in the jaw bone--just as natural teeth do. Implants support jaw bone density and give patients the real look, feel and smile functionality they thought may be lost forever.
Your new dental implant in Forest Hills
If Dr. Lestz determines your oral health and jaw bone density are adequate for implant placement, he'll place your new artificial tooth in two stages. One involves inserting a titanium implant, shaped like a threaded screw or cylinder, right into the jaw bone in the empty socket. He'll cover the area with a healing cap and suture it closed, and then, you'll return home to allow the site to heal over the next several weeks to months.
As the site heals, the jaw bone and implant bond together through something called osseointegration--literally meaning that the bone and implant fuse, forming a super-strong foundation for the rest of the prosthetic tooth. When Dr. Lestz feels that the implant is ready, he will re-open the area and bond on a metal extension and porcelain crown, and the treatment is complete.
With routine brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and six-month examinations and hygienic cleanings at Dr. Lestz's office, your dental implant can last for decades. That's one of the big advantages of implant technology--longevity. Additionally, smokers should kick the habit if possible because tobacco degrades implant sites, causing an infection called peri-implantitis.
Other uses of dental implants
If you have lost more than one tooth, you may be able to wear an implant-supported denture. Supported by four or more implant devices as needed, these well-fitting and super-secure dentures give patients lifelike appearance and oral function amazingly close to natural teeth. Plus, these artificial teeth do not slip, click, wobble or require messy adhesives as some conventional dentures do.
Come in for a consultation
What have you got to lose? Really, the odds are in your favor that dental implants from Forest Hills dentist, Dr. Richard Lestz, can close your smile gaps for good. Call today for an appointment: (718) 544-9100.