February 12, 2014
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Schenectady dental implantsDentures have long been a less-than-ideal dental restoration for their lack of stability. When all of a patient’s teeth are missing, from where can a restoration draw support? The solution lies in creating new sources of security. Dental implants replace tooth roots to create new foundations for restorations, making it possible for patients to enjoy an unprecedented, natural-feeling denture.

Replacing Tooth Roots with Dental Implants in Schenectady

As we age, our teeth tend to fall into states of wear and disrepair. Damage, erosion, trauma, or infection can lead to the loss of a tooth. While it’s the portion of the tooth above the gum line that we (and others) really miss, the root of the tooth plays just as serious a role in oral function and health. Without a tooth root, that area of the mouth will begin to change; and the repercussions won’t be welcome.

Implants’ Effects on Oral Health

Dental implants help prevent your bone, bite, and neighboring teeth from deteriorating. You will enjoy health benefits you may not have expected, including:

  • Preserved bone density – Strong bone supports other structures in your body. But when you lose a tooth, the bone at that site begins to resorb, or dissolve. This weakens the area and can lead to changes in your facial structure. Dental implants connect to the jaw bone and prevent resorption.
  • Lowered risk of decay and gum disease – The mouth is already a welcome home for bacteria  - and some of those bacteria are important. But there are others that cause decay and gum disease. And when a tooth is missing, the gap left behind fosters bacterial growth and formation of plaque. Filling that space with an implant and a restoration will help prevent future caries and the chance of gingivitis developing.
  • Maintained occlusion – Occlusion is the relationship between the upper and lower jaws. The alignment of your teeth and your jaws determine whether your occlusion is balanced and your bite is correct. When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth begin to shift to fill the gap. This alters your bite and can lead to serious dental problems. Filling that space with an implant will keep each tooth in its proper place.

Pairing Dental Implants with Restorations

Schenectady dental implantsWhile implants are a boon for oral health, they’re also a means of placing dental restorations while keeping the work looking and feeling natural. Implants act as a means of support for restorations that formerly drew from the strength of adjacent teeth. Rather than weakening healthy teeth and hastening their failures, implant-supported restorations thrive. Dental implants integrate with natural bone through a process known as osseointegration, allowing them to act as the sturdiest possible foundations for restorations.

Implants may be paired with any of the following to replace single or multiple teeth (listed from least to most involved):

  • Dental crowns – Also known as tooth caps, crowns replace single teeth in an enviably natural-looking way. Porcelain crowns are especially aesthetic.
  • Bridges – A dental bridge, like its much larger counterpart, spans a gap. Consisting of crowns on either side of a pontic (false tooth), a dental bridge is typically bonded to remaining natural teeth. Implant-supported bridges may be connected without sapping the strength of other teeth.
  • Partials – Partial dentures replace spans of missing teeth by connecting to the gums or other areas of the mouth.
  • Dentures – Full sets of replacement teeth, dentures are the answer for patients missing most or all of their teeth. When connected to dental implants, dentures become more natural in appearance and in feel.

Restorative dentists are experienced with both implant placement and denture fitting. Dr. Robert Scotto offers both implants and restorations to help you receive streamlined restorative treatment. Schedule a consultation to discuss whether your mouth is ready for dental implants and learn more about your personal process.


Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
1705 Eastern Parkway 
Schenectady, NY 12309
P: 518-378-1703                F: 518-374-4221              




Schenectady Dental Implants