If you’re looking to replace missing teeth, dental implants offer the most natural way to fill the gaps in your smile. Jennifer Sunkin, DMD, at Hudson River Dental Arts in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, regularly performs dental implant procedures. With dental implants, a titanium post is inserted into your jawbone to support prosthetic teeth that don’t shift or slide around inside of your mouth. To learn more about implants that look, feel, and function like natural teeth, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots inserted into your jawbone. They’re made of titanium and act as support for prosthetic teeth. Strategically placed implants can also be used to replace an entire set of top or bottom teeth with highly natural looking results.
After an implant procedure, your crown and bridge will have extra stability and won’t slip or slide around inside your mouth. Since implants naturally fuse to your jawbone, you need enough bone density to be able to place the restoration. Without sufficient jawbone, the implants won’t have anywhere to be inserted. If your jawbone is too weak to support implants, you may need a grafting procedure to bolster your jawbone’s density.
The first step of the dental implant process is placing the titanium posts into your jawbone using a special dental drill. Don’t worry; you won’t feel a thing as you will be given a local anesthetic.
Afterward, your jaw will need time to heal. During this healing process, your implant naturally fuses to your jawbone. This will take at least a few months. Once your jawbone is fully healed, you’ll return for a follow-up visit. At this appointment, Dr. Jenn attaches your permanent prosthetic to your implant.
Gaps in your teeth are unhealthy and downright dangerous to your oral health. When there’s an empty space in your smile, the surrounding teeth are likely to shift over into those gaps. This can cause them to become crooked.
Crooked teeth are much harder to keep clean. This can lead to pockets forming between your gums and teeth where plaque and bacteria build up and leading to inflammation or a cavity. This increases your risk for gum disease, tooth decay, or even tooth loss.
One of the most amazing things about dental implants is that if you take excellent care of your implants they should last you a lifetime. How do you accomplish that? Here are some tips to care for your implants:
If you’re dealing with missing teeth and are looking for a practical solution, dental implants may be the answer. Just call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.