In treating missing teeth, Dr. Lederman recommends the use of dental implants.  Implantology is an area of dentistry that has developed greatly in recent years.  Where previously bridges or dentures were popular methods of replacing missing teeth, dental implants have taken over as the standard of care for missing teeth.

A dental implant is composed of a titanium post that is implanted in the jawbone where a tooth has been lost.   In a surprisingly comfortable procedure, the implant is placed to function like a tooth’s root.  Once the implant site is healed, a porcelain crown is adhered to the post, creating a functional tooth that looks like one of your actual teeth.  Dr. Lederman’s trained aesthetic eye assures that no one will be able to tell the implant from your natural teeth.

In addition to aesthetic appeal, an implant offers superior function to dentures or bridges.  The implant is permanent, an improvement over dentures which can often be loose when worn.  There is nothing about implants to maintain except for daily home dental care.  Maybe most importantly, a dental implant simulates the chewing motion of teeth.   Anchored to the bone, the jawbone underneath the tooth is stimulated with the natural motion of chewing.  This prevents a natural body process called resorption where minerals from unused boned are transferred to other places in the body needing the mineral.  A missing tooth that is not replaced properly will cause collapse of the jawbone to occur, as well as allow the remaining teeth to move out of position, resulting in a unhealthy, sunken look to the face.  With dental implants, this is not a concern.

Want to learn more about dental implants? Call us today at 516-882-1764.

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