Dental Implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with Dental Implants can smile with confidence.
What are Dental Implants?
The Dental Implants are titanium posts, which are inserted into the jawbone where the teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as substitutes for tooth roots. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants help preserve facial structure and prevent bone deterioration.
Who Performs the Dental Implant Placement?
We perform the initial tooth extraction, bone grafting (if necessary), and the actual implant surgery. We make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process if needed. Once the titanium implant is fully integrated, we will fit and make permanent prosthesis.
What Types of Prosthesis Are Available?
- A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth — each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant.
- A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace 2 or more teeth and require only 2 or 3 implants.
- A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended.
- A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Why Dental Implants?
Once you learn about Dental Implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you lose several teeth — whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years — chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Why Would You Select Dental Implants Over More Traditional Types of Restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient.
Do Implants Need Special Care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists. Call our office today at (973) 377-6500 to schedule your visit.