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!