Dental Implants – Are They Right for You?
There are many options today to replace missing teeth but only one – dental implants – can provide the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth. You can trust the dentists and specialists at Fair Lawn Dental Associates to answer all your questions about dental implants and if they are the right choice for you. Our team will also explain the difference between dental implants and dentures to replace your missing teeth.
Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They will allow you to confidently eat, smile, laugh, talk, play and enjoy all of your regular activities of everyday life without thinking about your teeth.
Dental implants are a long-term solution. Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges only last five to seven years, and with proper care often more than 10 years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.
Implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. You no longer have to worry that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too.
Here at Fair Lawn Dental Associates, we have found that dental implant treatment has a solid track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes.
How Dental Implants Work
After meeting with a Fair Lawn Dental Associatesdentist to develop your treatment plan, the placement of a dental implant usually involves a few steps:
- The dental implant, usually a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone.
- As you heal, your implant will fuse with your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months while you proceed with your everyday life in between appointments.
- Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
- An individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Proven safe and effective at replacing missing teeth, dental implants have been in use for more than 30 years. Here at Fair Lawn Dental Associates, we have hundreds of satisfied dental implant patients.
Dental dental implant implants are typically made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body and serves as a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. Your natural bone locks the implant into place by fusing, or attaching itself, to the implant. This process, known as osseointegration, gives teeth replaced using implants the stability and strength to support replacement teeth, withstand daily use, and function like regular teeth.
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry when performed by a trained and experienced dental implantdentist. A dental implant is the strongest device available to support replacement teeth, and it allows your replacement teeth to feel, look and work naturally.
At Fair Lawn Dental Associates, every aspect of surgery is conducted here in our office. There is no need to visit another specialist in an unfamiliar dental practice.
How to Care for Dental Implants
Caring for teeth restored with dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. You need to brush, floss and maintain regular dental cleanings and check-ups. Additional cleaning aids also may be recommended to help you keep your teeth healthy at home.
As is the case with natural teeth, you and your dentist must work as a team to ensure the longevity of your dental implant. While replacement teeth can’t get cavities, they are subject to the same wear-and-tear as natural teeth. Well-placed and cared for dental implant scan last a lifetime.