By Jeffrey Mason, D.M.D.
January 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

ImplantsFor people with cracked, broken or missing teeth, dental implants from Hasbrouck Heights' Dr. Jeffrey Mason, DMD are one excellent and trusted option. Not only are dental implants durable, comfortable and long lasting, but they look and feel just like your normal teeth as well.

If you are considering visiting Dr. Mason for dental implants in Hasbrouck Heights, you will likely want to know more about dental implants, including how they work, so that you and Dr. Mason can make the best dental treatment plan for you. Here's how the dental implant process works.

First, you will need to make an appointment with Dr. Mason to make sure that you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will examine your jaw bone to make sure that it is thick and sturdy enough, and he will want to know what sort of treatment options you've tried in the past.

Next, you will visit Dr. Mason to have your dental implants placed. Dental implants are titanium posts in a cylindrical or tapered shape that the dentist will surgically implant into your jaw bone. The process usually takes between half an hour to a few hours, depending on the amount of work you need done, and you will be given anesthesia.

Once your dental implants are placed, you will then have a healing period while your dental implants fuse to your jaw bone. You may need to take an over-the-counter pain medication for the first couple of days, but after that, the process should not be painful at all. In most instances, you will have a pair of temporary teeth to wear until your permanent teeth are created, but you will need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks.

Once your implant has had time to fuse to your jaw bone, you will visit Dr. Mason again so that he can attach an abutment to the top of your implants. The abutment is what connects the implants and the new teeth.

A few weeks later, it will be time to try on your new teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you are having replaced, you may get one new tooth, a bridge or a set of dentures. You will need to make multiple visits to Dr. Mason to try on your new, permanent teeth in order to ensure that they fit properly and look natural. This process can take one to two months, but it is essential for achieving the perfect fit.

Once your new teeth and your healing process are complete, your new teeth will be permanently placed in your mouth and you'll care for them just like normal teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference!

The total process of getting dental implants in Hasbrouck Heights takes between five and eight months, but it is worth it for strong, durable and life-like teeth!