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Understanding Dental Implants

Understanding Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is then used as a sturdy base to support a dental restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Each crown is customized to match your natural teeth and fit the curvature of your mouth, producing natural and cosmetically appealing results. 

Why Might I Need a Dental Implant? 

The purpose of a dental implant is to replace a damaged or missing root of a tooth. Dental implants are only recommended for people over the age of 18, as your jawbone must be fully formed before inserting the metal screw-like post. A dental implant may be right for you if you: 

  • Have one or missing teeth 
  • Do not use tobacco products 
  • Have adequate bone to support the implant or are eligible for a bone graft 
  • Are unable to wear dentures
  • Have healthy oral tissues 

Remember, receiving a dental implant can be a lengthy process, taking several months to over a year, depending on your exact situation. 

Benefits of Dental Implants 

Dental implants can significantly improve your quality of life and have numerous benefits, including:  

Matches Strength of Natural Teeth 

Many alternatives to dental implants are not as strong as your natural teeth, leading to limitations in your diet and daily activities. With dental implants, your biting force is nearly as strong as it is with your natural teeth since they are crafted from a durable, biocompatible material known as titanium. 

After being inserted into the jawbone, the implant takes a few months to heal around the bone. The healing stage following a dental implant is critical, as too much force exerted onto the implant during this time can shift the implant’s position in the bone, like moving around a pole drying in cement. 

Once this anchor is secure, your dental team can attach a permanent crown to the new tooth root, allowing significantly greater strength than a removable denture. A dental implant is strong enough to last a lifetime in most cases. 

Cannot Develop Cavities

One of the largest problems with natural teeth is that they can suffer from wear and tear, gingivitis, or cavities. When a cavity forms, it causes a hole in the tooth, which can lead to toothaches, infection, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, dental implants cannot form cavities since they are made from titanium, lowering your risk of developing gum disease.

Improves Your Confidence

A missing tooth can dramatically affect your cosmetic appearance, leading to decreased confidence levels. When your smile is restored with a dental implant, it allows you to talk, smile, and laugh in the same way you did before you lost your tooth. 

Boosts Physical Health 

Dental implants can restore the functionality of your mouth by replacing missing teeth, allowing you to eat nutrient-dense foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. When missing teeth, you are more likely to consume soft, processed foods that are detrimental to your health

Preserves the Jawbone 

Dental implants also help preserve the structure of your jawbone, which can deteriorate and change shape over time when teeth are missing. When a dental implant merges with the existing bone, it prevents the jawbone from receding. In addition, it keeps the adjacent teeth stable, so they don’t shift towards the gap left by the missing tooth. 

Contact Smiles 4 Keeps

Restore your chewing ability and youthful smile with dental implants at Smiles 4 Keeps. We understand that it can seem a little intimidating, but we walk you through the entire process during your personal consultation. Call (973) 834-8694 today to schedule your consultation with one of our highly-skilled oral surgeons. We would love to work with you towards a better, brighter smile. 

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