In the past, the standard treatment for tooth loss was either a bridge or dentures. However, with advancements in dental technology, dental implants now offer a superior solution for replacing one or more teeth or supporting a bridge or denture.
Dental implants are ideal for patients who want the convenience of permanent replacement teeth and the look of natural-looking teeth for functional, aesthetic, and psychological benefits.
Keep reading to learn how dental implants can help you regain your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implant surgery is a safe, cost-effective, and long-lasting solution for replacing one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants are permanent fixtures designed to last a lifetime. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone, which acts as a replacement root. This creates a stable base that doesn’t rely on neighboring teeth or soft tissue to hold them in place.
How Are Dental Implants Used?
Dental implants are anchored into your jawbone and can support a single or multiple crowns, and bridges which will restore function just like natural teeth. They may eliminate the need for bridges and dentures resulting in loss of bone and the problems associated with wearing those devices.
Treatment typically begins with an assessment of the patient’s suitability for dental implants, including general health and bone and gum quality.
Placement of a dental implant includes the following steps:
Removing the damaged tooth. The first step in dental implant placement is removing the damaged tooth from its socket in the jawbone and preparing the area with a bone graft to accept an implant.
Making an opening in the jawbone. A small opening is made in the bone where the tooth was removed to create room for the replacement root.
Placing the implant post. The implant post, which looks like a screw, is placed into the bone opening.
Attaching an abutment. An abutment attaches to the top of the implant post and contains holes through which screws or posts can be attached to hold a replacement tooth or other dental prosthesis.
Placing a crown or bridge. A crown is attached directly or indirectly to the abutment with a post or screw extension.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Although the lifespan of dental implants may vary depending on maintenance, oral hygiene, health history, they’re designed to permanently replace one tooth or multiple teeth.
Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper placement, home care and implant maintenance. When comparing implant hardware to traditional dentures and bridges, “planting a replacement root in bone is a much more complete solution. . . . It’s literally the next best thing to your own teeth.”
Learn More About Dental Implants
With any dental procedure, the best treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs. With advances in dental implant technology, it’s easier than ever to find the best solution for your unique situation—whether you’re looking for a single tooth replacement or something more complex.
Dental implants have improved oral health and restored smiles for decades. If you’re ready to experience the difference for yourself, please contact us at Perio Implant Specialists of NJ or call our office at 973-729-9392 to schedule a consultation.