Learn Why Dental Implants Are the Gold Standard for Replacing Missing Teeth

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a staggering 178 million adults are missing at least one tooth. That said, there are multiple options for patients to fill the gap caused by a missing tooth (or teeth).


A bridge is a false tooth that’s bonded to your permanent teeth on either side of it. It literally bridges the gap between your teeth, while removable dentures are another alternative that attaches to your gums temporarily with adhesive.

Dental implants, however, have unique benefits that make them a great solution for many.

Our team at Popper Dental on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — Dr. Jason Popper, Dr. Marlisa Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper — brings a family perspective and expertise to the practice, and one of our most frequently performed procedures is the dental implant.

Why is a dental implant the best solution for your missing tooth?

We believe that dental implants offer strengths that the other choices we mentioned don’t. A dental implant:

Having a dental implant can even have an advantageous effect on your speech and your ability to eat. 

One thing’s for sure: It’s best not to leave the void where your tooth used to be open for too long. If you do, you can set yourself up for bone loss and alignment issues.

There’s a lot to be said for a missing tooth solution that actually becomes a permanent part of you, looks great, and performs just as well as a natural tooth. 

How do dental implants work?

At Popper Dental, the implant process is streamlined, comfortable, and expertly facilitated. First, we administer anesthesia so we can prepare your gum for a small incision. This readies the space for a hole we drill to accommodate your titanium implant.

After we insert the implant post, we need to wait several months for it to fuse securely with the rest of your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration

After we’re confident this step is complete, we attach the abutment to your implant. The abutment holds your crown, the substitute tooth.

The entire process takes several appointments spread out over some months, but each one is well worth it. Your crown is customized too, so that its shade matches the rest of your teeth. 

What you’ll miss with a dental implant

In short, the hassle. Because a dental implant is so close to having a natural tooth, you won’t struggle to keep it clean and bacteria-free, as you must with a bridge. You need to clean and remove dentures daily, and they can also be uncomfortable. 

Unlike bridges, you don’t have to worry about bonds between the bridge and your teeth weakening or breaking. And you don’t have the concern that dentures bring about shifting and losing their seal. 

These challenges simply don’t exist if you have a dental implant, the missing tooth solution that really is good as gold!

See whether a dental implant is right for your needs

Schedule a consultation with us at our New York City office and we’ll be happy to answer any question you may have about dental implants and the procedure. Call us to make an appointment or use our convenient online booking tool.

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