A missing tooth due to extraction or injury needs replacing to protect your dental health and preserve your smile. At Belmont Dental Associates, Dominick A. Lembo, DMD, and the team of dental specialists provide dental implants from offices located in Caldwell and Haledon, New Jersey. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dental implants and if they’re right for you.
A dental implant is a customized device that replaces lost or missing teeth. Implants comprise a titanium post, dental crown, and abutment that connects them.
The titanium post is implanted in your jaw and acts as the root for the rest of the prosthetic tooth. Titanium is a uniquely biocompatible material that bonds with your bones in a process called osseointegration.
Dental implants are a natural-looking and long-lasting option for replacing one or more teeth. These devices look and act just like natural teeth and, with proper care, can last for nearly a lifetime.
Most importantly, dental implants maintain the shape and appearance of your face and jaw. When you lose your teeth, your jaw can shrink, causing a sunken appearance around your mouth.
Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, like natural teeth, so your face and jaw don’t change. Dental implants also prevent any remaining natural teeth from drifting or turning to distort your smile.
If you’re in good overall health, you’re likely a good candidate for implants. The initial consultation includes an assessment of the strength of your jaw. If your jaw isn’t strong enough to support an implant, a bone grafting procedure strengthens the bone. When your jaw is strong enough, the implantation process begins.
Dr. Lembo installs your dental implants over several visits. The precise number of visits depends on your case.
The dental implant process begins at Belmont Dental Associates with an exam that includes X-rays. These images allow your dentist to identify the best locations to place the posts. Next, they place the titanium post in your jaw.
You must wait for the post to bond with your jawbone before completing implantation. Then, your dentist fits the abutments to your posts and takes a digital impression to custom make the crown that tops your implant.
When your crown is ready, your dentist secures it to the abutment and buffs the crown until it shines like a natural tooth. Whenever possible, Dr. Lembo creates and installs your crowns on the same day.
Expect to receive care instructions for your gums and surrounding teeth during the entire implantation process. You still need routine check-ups and cleanings to monitor your remaining natural teeth and the health of your gums and jaw.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, call or schedule an appointment online today.