By age 50, the majority of Americans lose approximately 12 permanent teeth because of decay, injury, or disease. Furthermore, more than 30 million Americans have no natural teeth left. If you have missing teeth, dental implants offer major benefits. They restore your smile while improving oral function. At Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC in Bloomfield, New Jersey, the experienced specialists use the latest in advanced equipment to install dental implants, so call to set up your appointment or use the online booking tool.
Dental implants are permanent artificial teeth. Because dental implants include metal posts that act like tooth roots, they stay securely in your jaw. The prosthetic tooth replacement attaches to the post. Depending on your needs, you can get a single dental implant or several.
All-on-4® is another option. It restores a whole arch of teeth with only four implants.
Dental implants fill gaps left by missing teeth and restore oral function. Some benefits include:
After getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, you can enjoy the same lifestyle you did when your natural tooth was still healthy.
First, you'll have an exam to make sure you're a good candidate. For dental implants, you need a healthy jawbone and gum tissue. If you have any tooth decay or gum disease, you'll need treatment for that before your implant procedure.
Next, the dental team takes an impression of your mouth. They send this impression to a dental lab where professionals fabricate an artificial tooth that matches the size, shape, and color of your original natural tooth.
You'll receive local anesthesia so your dentist can install the dental implant in your jaw. Over the next few months, osseointegration — the natural process in which your bone fuses with the metal — occurs to stabilize your implant post.
You may wear a healing cap or a temporary crown during the osseointegration process. Finally, your dentist affixes your new artificial tooth to the metal post to complete your dental implant.
Follow the instructions from your dentist closely. You may need to eat soft foods at first. In general, dental implants are easy to care for. You simply need to brush and floss your teeth every day, just like you do your natural teeth.
Schedule regular dental exams and teeth cleanings at Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC every six months to maintain optimal oral health.
The two main alternatives are dentures and dental bridges. Dentures aren’t a permanent solution, as you must remove them for cleaning daily. Dental bridges are permanent, but require healthy teeth on each side to support dental crowns.
Creating Smiles Family Dentistry PC proudly offers the best in dental implants. Call the office or schedule online to learn more.