The upcoming arrival of spring ushers in a fresh new start – new flowers, newly budding trees and fresh new grass on your lawn. It’s also a great time of the year to give yourself a fresh start. For some, that means simply switching to brighter clothing to go along with the season. Others recommit to resolutions they may have made when the year began or commit to new ways to improve things in their lives.

When it comes to your smile, there are many ways to get a fresh new start if you have been living with teeth that are badly damaged, decayed or even missing. One such way to do that is to consider dental implants. This is a great option if you are already missing one or more teeth and are looking for a permanent, beautiful way to improve your smile. You may also want to consider getting dental implants if you are about to have teeth removed due to damage or decay so you don’t have to live too long with a tempSnap On Smileorary solution or a gaping space in your mouth.

When you get a dental implant, a small titanium rod is surgically implanted through your gums and is attached to your jawbone. Once healed, this rod serves the same purpose as your tooth’s natural root would serve, permanently keeping your tooth or teeth in place. Once the implant is in, you can have a single tooth attached to the top of the rod to replace a single missing tooth or you may have a span of multiple teeth held in place by the implant. The type of fabricated tooth or teeth used will depend on your tooth replacement needs and what your dentist thinks is the best solution.

When you have dental implants, your new teeth not only look as natural as if they were your own but they also function just as naturally. This is a major benefit for people who don’t want to deal with dental bridges or dentures when they need to replace missing teeth. Teeth affixed to dental implants function just like your “real” teeth and are not removed for cleaning or other purposes.

In addition to what you see and how your teeth function, dental implants also provide another important benefit: they help keep your jawbone strong. When bone is no longer used due to a missing tooth, over time the bone can begin to atrophy or weaken. But when an implant is attached to the jawbone, new bone grows over the implant and the bone maintains its function, also thereby retaining its strength.

If you are considering dental implants as a way to give your smile a fresh, new start, it’s best to discuss the benefits and drawbacks with your dentist before deciding if it’s the right choice for you.

For more information about dental implants, contact Park Dental Care in Queens at 718-274-1515.

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