Are you missing one or more teeth? Have you been using partial dentures or dental bridges, but are looking for another alternative treatment? Consider dental implants here at our office in Englewood, NJ. And what exactly are dental implants? Read along as we explore what dental implants are and why many patients find them appealing for their missing teeth.
Dental implants are placed directly into the mouth and are comprised of three pieces: the titanium fixture, abutment, and porcelain crown. The fixture stands as an artificial tooth root and anchors the dental implant in place. After a few weeks or months for the fixture to undergo osseointegration, the abutment is placed on top of the implant. This abutment is a cap and will keep the porcelain restoration in place. Once prepared, the porcelain crown will be fixed to the abutment and your implant is complete! Altogether, the dental implant serves as a replacement tooth that is both functional and durable.
Longevity – Dental implants statistically last longer than many other tooth replacement options out there. Compared to dentures or dental bridges, dental implants can remain in good working order for decades.
Durability – Since dental implants are made from titanium, they are remarkably durable and can withstand your favorite foods. Eating and chewing won’t be an issue anymore or require any special preparation.
Oral Health Improvements – Dental implants are unique as they undergo a process known as osseointegration. During osseointegration, human bone bonds with the dental implant, binding it permanently to the jawbone. This way, the dental implant remains firmly in place and heals the area due to the regeneration process with osseointegration.
Natural Look and Feel – Many patients have remarked about how natural dental implants feel when they’re chewing or biting. This is one of the main purposes of dental implants, so that patients won’t have to struggle with superficial tooth replacements that do little to heal the area.
As one of the most popular tooth replacement options available, many patients want to know what it takes to qualify for this treatment.
One or More Missing Teeth
This should go without saying, but the best candidates are those who have missing teeth, or who are at risk for losing teeth. It’s not recommended to pull perfectly healthy teeth for a dental implant.
Sufficient Jawbone Support
Due to the process of osseointegration, there is a need for good jawbone foundation to support the dental implant. If you are found to have insufficient support, you can choose to have a bone graft done to give your implant the best chance at success.
Generally Good Oral Health
Your dental implant will also be more successful if your oral health is in a good place. In other words, you do not have any rampant tooth decay, are a non-smoker, non-alcoholic, or have any other oral health condition that could put your implant at risk for failure.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants could be just the solution you’re looking for when it comes to your missing teeth in Englewood, NJ. Contact us at the private practice of Dr. Neil S. Stearns and schedule a one-on-one appointment with Dr. Stearns to discuss your candidacy for dental implants. He’ll be available to answer your questions, talk about different types of dental implants and your individual treatment plan. Let us help you reach your smile goal today!
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