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Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws which serve as artificial tooth roots, for the purpose of providing a foundation for replacement teeth to be inserted. Compared to other dental devices such as crowns and bridges, dental implants are a very effective long-term solution for tooth replacement, and for chronic dental problems.

Dental implants have quickly become very popular because they feel, fit, and function very much like your natural teeth would, and they really are indistinguishable from other teeth once installed. The secret to the effectiveness of dental implants is that the titanium screw actually fuses with your jawbone to provide the most solid anchor possible for a replacement tooth.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are quite a few advantages to having dental implants installed where you are missing a tooth in your mouth. First of all, you'll have a much improved appearance, because there won't be a gap where a tooth used to be. You'll also enjoy improved speech, because all of your teeth will again be in place, and you won't have dentures in your mouth which might slip around.

Dental implants are generally much more comfortable than any other dental device as well, since they are solidly anchored in your jaw and don't move around. It will also be easier for you to eat solid foods, because you'll have the normal chewing and biting force that you would from regular teeth. Because your smile will be restored to its original great condition, you'll enjoy a better sense of self-esteem and you'll have more confidence. All this will add up to give you a much improved outlook on life.

How to prepare for Implants

First of all, an individual treatment plan will be developed by your dentist, and this plan will address your specific needs. Your dentist will have to thoroughly examine your mouth to determine whether or not there is sufficient jawbone, so that the titanium insert can be installed. Generally after you've lost a tooth, there will be some deterioration of the jawbone, because there is no stimulation in that area to help it grow. If necessary, the jawbone may have to be built up, to prepare it for insertion of the titanium implant.

Placing Your Implants – The Procedure

Then the titanium implant will be installed into your jawbone, and several months will have to pass so that it has a chance to actually become part of the jaw. This will generally take between six and 12 weeks, and after that a connector post known as an abutment will be inserted, so that a new tooth or crown can be attached to it. Impressions will be taken of your teeth, so that a model crown can be prepared by a laboratory. When this crown is ready, it will be installed in your mouth, and any adjustments will be made, so that it looks correct and has a great fit.

Types of Dental Implants

Most implants are made of titanium, because that is a substance which will not be rejected by the body, and which fuses very well to your jawbone. However, there are a few different types of implants which you can have installed. Most people will have a single implant installed where a single tooth is missing, although it may be necessary to install two or more around the mouth, where other teeth are missing.

It's also possible to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth by using just four implants, and this procedure is known as All-on-4 dental implants. One other relatively new procedure is denture stabilization, which involves attaching traditional dentures to implants, so that they won't move around at all in your mouth, and will become just as stable as regular teeth would be.

Contact Us

If you've been thinking about replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant, you should contact us at (973) 310-5219 or fill out the contact form on our website. Then we'll be able to set you up with an initial consultation and determine if you're a good candidate for dental implants. From there, we'll be able to begin the process of replacing your tooth, and restoring your great smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING DENTAL IMPLANTS INSTALLED?

A: Once you have implants installed, you'll be able to eat all the foods you've been having to avoid, and you'll be able to speak clearly again. You'll also have a new tooth which will probably last a lifetime, since the implant itself becomes part of your jawbone and stays in place permanently.

 

Q: DOES INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF MY IMPLANT?

A: In many cases, insurance will cover as much as 50% of your implant cost, but to be sure, you should contact your insurance carrier before you have the procedure done.

 

Q: HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

A: In 95% of all cases, dental implants have a positive result, so patients can count on having no hassles with installation.

 

Q: HOW DO I CARE FOR MY DENTAL IMPLANTS?

A: The implants themselves are made of titanium, and are not subject to decay. However, the tooth or crown which gets placed over them must be brushed regularly, so as to avoid degradation or decay. Regular brushing and flossing will be sufficient to protect your dental implants.

 

Q: CAN IMPLANTS BE REMOVED LIKE DENTURES?

A: No, they cannot. Once an implant has been installed, it becomes a permanent part of your mouth, and must stay in place unless there is an emergency need to remove it and replace it.

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