If you have one or more missing teeth, you might be wondering about your options for tooth replacement. You are not alone! You might be surprised to hear that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth if not several more. Did you know that, in general, dental implants are now the most preferred method for adult tooth replacement over fixed bridges and dentures? Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist providing dental implants in Tinton Falls, NJ.
Dental implants can replace one missing tooth or all of your missing teeth. The titanium implant is resistant to decay and is surgically placed in your jaw bone to look and function like your natural teeth. The implant fuses to your jaw bone through a process called osseointegration. This not only keeps your new tooth firmly in place but it preserves your jaw bone that will otherwise deteriorate without a tooth in place.
Dentures rest on your gum tissues and do not preserve the bone. They can impair speech and cause embarrassing clicking sounds or slipping. Fixed bridges require reduction of the teeth surrounding your missing tooth, exposing them to possible damage in the future. Even with these possible complications, these two methods are still successful and viable options to replace your missing teeth.
Key Benefits of Dental Implants:
- Fill the unsightly gaps in your smile
- Save bone and surrounding teeth
- Permanent tooth replacement
- No need for removable appliances
- Eat and speak confidently without loose dentures
- A successful long term solution for tooth replacement
- New found self-confidence in your smile!
This dental implant technology has been evolving over the past 20 years and shows to have superior long term results. Patients from the 80’s and 90’s are still reporting success with their dental implants.
Experience the long term benefits of replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant. For more information, call Dr. Zatzkin’s office in Tinton Falls, NJ and schedule your consultation today.