The empty space where you used to have a tooth can cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling. In addition, depending on the location, you might find chewing to be more of a challenge. And the remaining teeth on that jaw could shift, leading too discomfort and an occlusion (bite) that is off. Not all that long ago, a bridge or partial dentures would have been your only options for replacing those teeth. But with our permanent dental implants in Ridgewood, you get the most advanced type of restoration available today, one that looks, feels, and even reacts like a natural tooth.
It's fair to say that an implant has advantages over a natural tooth. Unlike bridges and dentures, it replaces both the tooth and the root, preserving your normal facial contours and preventing your gum tissue and bone from eroding. Our permanent dental implants in Ridgewood will never form cavities or cause you pain. You can brush them, floss between them and your other teeth, eat, laugh, talk, and smile with complete confidence. And because the procedure has a high success rate, you can rest assured that if you're a good candidate for one, you're going to be very happy with the results.
To qualify, your gums will need to be in generally healthy shape and your jaw bone should be sufficiently strong and thick to support the post. Other factors, such as being a smoker or having diabetes, might have an effect, but our dentist will discuss this with you as part of an exam and consultation.
The procedure takes two steps. First, a cylindrical post made of titanium is placed in your jaw bone. This replaces the root. Over the course of several months, your bone will grow around the post and fuse with it. This makes it strong, even more so than a natural root. The second step is placing a tooth-colored crown on top and then cementing it into place. If you have most or all of the teeth on one jaw missing, our permanent dental implants in Ridgewood can be covered with dentures. This creates a much more reliable result than traditional dentures that are held in with adhesives.
By Patient Friendly Dental
June 16, 2015