Dental Implants in Totowa, NJ
Serving Patients in Cedar Grove and Caldwell, NJ
Dental implants are the most natural, permanent replacement available for missing teeth. They are designed to eliminate gaps and fit comfortably in place, requiring no filing down of neighboring teeth as other tooth replacement methods sometimes do. Implant dentistry involves the surgical placement of a dental implant, which is carefully capped with a natural-looking, personalized crown. Jerry Strauss, DMD, can perform implant dentistry procedures right here at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey.
Please contact our practice with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over dentures and other, more traditional teeth replacement options. Benefits of dental implants can include:
- Results are typically permanent
- Extremely safe and predictable
- Improved chewing and speaking abilities
- Allow you to taste and enjoy all the foods you love
- No slippage or movement along the gums
- Cannot develop cavities
- No messy adhesives or pastes
- Results that both look and feel natural
- Don’t rely on the adjacent healthy teeth for support
- No additional maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing is required
Arguably one of the most important benefits of dental implants compared to other tooth replacement options is that implants help preserve the strength and integrity of the jawbone.
When teeth fall out, the underlying jawbone no longer receives stimulation from chewing pressure or motion. As a result, it starts to deteriorate, which has long-reaching consequences. As the jawbone wastes away, the entire shape of the face can change. The facial structures collapse and the face starts to look sunken-in, sad and aged. Any remaining teeth may loosen and fall out due to the weakened structures supporting them.
Because dental implant posts are placed in the jawbone, they provide the stimulation needed to preserve the health and integrity of the bone. (Note: dentures and other non-implant options don’t reach the jawbone so they cannot help protect it.) Implants help maintain a natural looking face shape and a good bite. Implants don’t rely on the surrounding teeth for strength or support, so those teeth stay healthy and strong.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Patients who turn to Dr. Strauss for dental implants will need to have a consultation to see if they are candidates for implant dentistry. All candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums, sufficient bone in the jaw to accommodate the dental implants and be in good oral health. Dr. Strauss will also analyze your dental and medical history, perform x-rays and conduct a CT scan. A CT scan lets Dr. Strauss determine your jaw shape and your bone density.
Once you are determined to be a candidate, Dr. Strauss will move on to discuss the types of dental implants available for implant dentistry. There are several types of dental implants, including root-form implants, sub-periosteal implants, plate-form implants, ramus-frame implants and transosseous implants. Dr. Strauss will help you decide which implant is best suited for you.
How is the procedure performed?
Implant placement usually involves multiple visits to place the implant post and later mount a replacement tooth to the post. There may be additional follow-up visits to monitor the healing progress.
During the actual implant surgery, a strong titanium post will be placed under the gum in the area of the missing tooth. The post is designed to anchor itself to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. It takes a few months for the implant to fully attach, so Dr. Strauss can place a temporary crown on the implant during this period. Once the implant has firmly attached to the bone, much like a natural tooth root, Dr. Strauss will remove the temporary restoration and affix a permanent, custom-designed dental crown to the top of the post. After a final polish, the treatment is complete.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If the dental implant is replacing a single tooth, the post is placed in the jawbone and a custom-crafted crown is attached to the top of the post. The crown is designed to look and function just like the surrounding natural teeth.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Dental implants can also be used to replace clusters of multiple teeth, either with individual crowns or with an implant-fixed bridge. An implant-fixed bridge is usually constructed with three artificial teeth; the two teeth on either end are attached to implant posts and the tooth in the middle is not.
Replacing All of the Teeth
Implants are great for anchoring prosthetics that replace an entire arch of upper and/or lower teeth. Generally, four to six implant posts are placed throughout the jaw, and a full arch of teeth (i.e., a denture-like appliance) is attached to the tops of the posts. This appliance is extremely secure in the mouth and only removable by a dentist.
Will the results look natural?
The dental implant is placed utilizing sophisticated technology and very precise care in order to achieve a comfortable, natural fit. The customized dental crown that is placed on the implant is also designed to provide the most natural look and feel possible. The idea of dental implant treatment is to replace your missing tooth so successfully that you may not be able to distinguish it from your original teeth!
Implants are extremely strong and durable. When placed by a reputable implant dentist and well-cared for, implants can last indefinitely. Dr. Strauss encourages his patients with implants to brush and floss around the implants daily and see him regularly for check-ups.
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If you have questions about dental implants, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.