By Jeffrey Mason, D.M.D.
January 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Wondering if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you? Although implants are a good choice in most cases, it's important to carefully consider all aspects of the implant process before you make a decision. Hasbrouck Heights Dentist Jeffrey Mason, DMD, shares some information about dental implants that will help you decide.Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

An implant is a tiny titanium screw that acts as the root for your replacement tooth. It's placed in a small hole in your jawbone under your gums. Over a span of several months, your jawbone grows around the implant, and it becomes part of the bone. Once your implant is strong and stable, your dentist attaches a connecting piece, called an abutment, to the implant. A realistic looking crown is placed on top of the abutment, restoring your ability to bite and chew normally. The entire process generally takes between six to nine months.

What are the advantages of implants?

Implants are more comfortable than dentures or bridges, which can irritate your gums if they don't fit properly. If you wear dentures, it may be impossible to chew hard foods. With an implant, there are no chewing limitations. An implant may be a more costly option than a bridge or denture initially, but over the long run, you may discover that it's actually the cheapest option. Bridges and dentures usually must be replaced several times during your lifetime, while you'll only need to get an implant once.

Can I still get a dental implant if I lost a tooth several years ago?

In many cases, you will still be able to benefit from a dental implant if you lost a tooth a few years ago. Since your jawbone begins to shrink after tooth loss, you may need a bone graft before you can begin the implant process. If a graft is needed, several months will be added to the treatment timeline.

Is it difficult to care for dental implants?

If you own a toothbrush and dental floss, you can care for dental implants. Removing plaque by brushing and flossing is very important. When plaque forms at your gum line, it can cause an infection called periodontitis that can threaten the health of your implant.

Interested in finding out if dental implants are a good choice for you? Schedule an appointment with Hasbrouck Heights Dentist Jeffrey Mason, DMD, at (201) 288-4447. Preserve your smile with a dental implant!