Dental Implants – Westfield, NJ
Living with missing teeth causes difficulty eating, speaking issues, deterioration of the jawbone, and affects your mental and emotional well-being. When you’re hesitant to smile in social and professional settings, it can lower self-confidence and make you appear unapproachable. Thankfully, Creative Dental has dental implant solutions that not only complete your smile, but also improve your confidence and quality of life.
Dental Implants Explained
Dental implants are titanium fixtures surgically implanted in the jawbone to hold a dental prosthesis such as a denture, bridge, or replacement tooth, securely in place. The implant anchors the dental prosthesis and replaces the root of the missing tooth/teeth. Implants look and function like natural teeth and are a more natural and comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. The amount of bone available, patient preference, and patient health determine the best dental implant option.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a viable option whether you’ve lost one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth and their benefits are both cosmetic and physical. Implants improve your overall oral health in many ways including:
- Preventing teeth shifting
- Avoiding gum disease
- Allowing neighboring teeth to function normally
- Preventing premature tooth wear
Dental implants integrate securely with your jawbone, which aids in preventing the receding gums and bone loss that can result from traditional bridges and dentures. Dental bridges require the alteration of neighboring teeth for proper support, but dental implants don’t disturb existing teeth, which leaves healthy tooth enamel untouched and improves long-term oral health. Unlike traditional dentures that can become loose, dental implants remain secure, allowing normal chewing and speaking. Without the worry of bridges damaging teeth or dentures misbehaving, dental implants boost your self-confidence and improve your quality of life. Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime when you practice proper oral health care and maintain a regular schedule of post-implant appointments with Creative Dental.
Versatility of Dental Implants
Along with the benefits already listed for dental implants, they’re also versatile and can function in a variety of ways to improve your oral health. These include:
- Restoration of one or more missing teeth – Dental implants replace one or several missing teeth with implants and crowns that provide secure restoration and don’t affect existing teeth.
- Dental bridge anchoring – Dental implants help secure a dental bridge, which eliminates the need for a removable, partial denture.
- Full denture support – With dental implants supporting them, full dentures are more comfortable and secure than traditional removable dentures.
When you’re considering dental implants to restore your complete smile and improve your oral health, start by scheduling a personal consultation with Dr. Joseph Banker at Creative Dental. After discussing your physical health, preferences, and current tooth replacement requirements with Dr. Banker, you can then make an informed decision on the best way to proceed with dental implants. Factors that influence what dental implant option is best for you are:
- Good overall health
- Sufficient bone in your jaw to support implants
- No signs of gum disease
When you meet all the required criteria for dental implants, treatment can start immediately. If you require bone grafting to create sufficient jawbone that can delay implants for approximately three months, but the wait is worth it for a healthy, complete smile. It usually takes only two appointments to complete dental implants, one to place the implant surgically and the second to restore the tooth with a crown.
Dental Implant Procedure
Although the specific process varies by the type of dental implant option you choose, the procedure is similar for all implant surgeries. During the procedure you’re usually administered a local anesthetic, the doctor makes a tiny incision in your gum and then eases the implant into your jawbone. Following the initial procedure, you need to wait approximately 3-6 months to make sure that the implant integrates securely with the jawbone. Once the required time has passed and everything is performing as expected, Creative Dental completes your tooth restoration by placing the dental crown on your implant. You’re then able to revel in the feeling of a bright, complete, brand new smile that’s attractive, functional, and healthy.
Dental Implant Follow-Up Care
Dental implants look and perform like natural teeth and therefore require the same thorough oral hygiene and scheduled dental visits with Creative Dental that natural teeth do. Good oral health practices including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and having regular dental checkups with Dr. Baker are required to maintain the health and beauty of your dental implants and your whole mouth.
Contact Creative Dental today to learn more about what dental implants can do to improve your smile.