Are you self-conscious because you have missing teeth? Do you wear dentures that are uncomfortable? Dental implants could be a good option for you as you think about replacing your teeth or those uncomfortable dentures. It is crucial to replace missing teeth. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, remaining teeth can shift and even cause your face to look older.
Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialized daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. In fact, bridges can be supported by implants for fewer alterations during a more complex restoration
Implants may also be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. In addition, for patients with removable partial dentures, implants provide a non-removable method of replacing missing teeth, making chewing more efficient and comfortable, and giving you a more natural-looking smile.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don’t worry – even if you do have a health concern, we are likely to still be able to work with you. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for grafts and other procedures to build up your jaw bone.
The titanium posts for your implants will then be placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and your implant will be complete.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our Jersey City dental office today.