Posts for: August, 2019

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Is your mouth missing teeth? Do you have broken or cracked teeth from an injury or accident? If you want a more complete smile, Dr. Dental-implantJeffrey Mason, can be your Hasbrouck Heights, NJ dental implants expert.

Frequently asked questions about implants:


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal supports that fit inside your gums where the tooth roots once were. These metal implants serve as a foundation for artificial teeth by fusing with your jawbone.

Dental implants can fill a gap of one missing tooth; or they can make up your whole mouth by affixing denture to the metal supports.

Artificial crowns are tailored in Hasbrouck Heights specifically to your mouth, and are affixed to the implants. They match your other teeth in both look and feel, making them seem just like natural teeth.


How do dental implants work?

When you decide to get dental implants, the process for getting dental implants is lengthy, and requires some surgery. The healing period can be 6-12 months, while the metal support actually melds with your jawbone. The potential appointment schedule is outlined below:

  • First appointment: Removal of broken teeth and gum preparation for dental implant placement.
  • Follow-up appointments: Local anesthetic is administered for comfort while the dental implants are placed.

After the implants have melded with the jawbone, the crowns are placed on the implants, and your new tooth is ready to use.


Do dental implants require special care?

The care of your teeth after dental implants is just as important as it is for natural teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you should always brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep healthy teeth and gums.


Interested? Call us now!

If you are interested in learning more about how implants save your smile, call Dr. Mason today at (201) 288-4447 to schedule your dental implant consultation in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
August 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants replace missing teeth. Placed by your dentists in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, Dr. Jeffrey Mason and Dr. Seth Perlmutter, theseDental-Implants state of the art tooth replacements resemble real tooth. Patients say they actually forget they have artificial teeth. Read on, and discover the many benefits of amazing dental implants.


The anatomy of a dental implant

The basic, single-tooth implant in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, has three parts: a titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw bone during oral surgery, a metal alloy abutment post and a custom-crafted porcelain crown. The titanium implant itself acts as the root system and literally bonds with the jaw through what science has termed osseointegration.

Once fully integrated, Dr. Mason or Dr. Perlmutter finish the implant procedure with the post and crown. The entire process takes a few months as osseointegration is a slow and steady process.

Some dental implant patients receive multiple implants. Placed strategically in the jaw, they serve to anchor larger prosthetics such as bridgework or even full dentures. Osseointegration is key to their success and long-term retention, too.


The benefits of dental implants

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that individuals from their teen years on up may receive dental implants if their dentists deem their oral health good and their jaw bone density... sufficient. In other words, many patients may opt for these innovative tooth replacements.

The AAID also cites these benefits:

  • Improved speech and oral function
  • Greater bone density and fuller gum tissue
  • More youthful facial appearance and greater self-confidence
  • Comfort--no sore spots or slipping dentures
  • Support for remaining natural teeth
  • Ease of oral hygiene--just brush twice daily and floss every day to remove plaque

Finally, you won't need to replace your implants--ever. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness states that these prosthetics are a one-time fix, giving patients a lifetime of healthy smiles.


What can threaten dental implants?

Poor oral hygiene can--just as with your natural teeth. Teeth clenching and grinding can, too. So, ask Dr. Mason or Dr. Perlmutter about a acrylic bite guard to cushion your teeth at night.

Finally, tobacco uses damages implant sites. People who smoke or chew tobacco may experience peri-implantitis, a destructive infection similar to periodontal disease. Peri-implantitis may degrade supporting bone and gum tissue, loosening the implant and compelling implant removal. If you are considering dental implants, consider a smoking cessation program, too.


Learn more

Dental implants have beautified and strengthened literally millions of smiles over the past several decades. Could yours be next? Contact the office of Dr. Mason and Dr. Perlmutter for your own implant consultation by calling (201) 288-4447 today!