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While many people still consider dental implants the "new kids on the block" in dental restoration, they're now in their fourth decade of use. And since their inception implant technology has continued to improve and revolutionize how we replace missing teeth.

Implants are a different "species" compared to other restoration methods. To be precise, an implant is a tooth root replacement—usually a titanium metal post imbedded directly into the jaw bone. Titanium is not only a biocompatible metal, but bone cells naturally grow on its surface to create a strong and durable hold. It's this secure hold that's most responsible for implants' high long-term success rate.

But we should also credit some of this success to the steady stream of advances over the years in implant construction and supporting technologies. For one thing, we're now more accurate and precise with implant placement thanks to advances in computer tomography (CT) and cone beam CT (CBCT) scanning.

These digital processes merge a series of images taken by a special camera to form a three-dimensional model of the jaw. We can manipulate this model on a computer monitor to view it from different vantage points. It can help us locate and avoid anatomical structures like nerves and sinuses when determining where to place a future implant. CT and CBCT are especially useful when there's a concern about adequate available bone, a necessity for stable implants.

Technology has also improved how we create surgical guides, often used during implant surgery to obtain the most accurate results. Surgical guides are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth with the drilling locations for the implants marked on them. Recent advances in 3-D printing have made these guides even more accurate so that they fit more securely in the mouth. This greater stability increases their accuracy during the drilling sequence during surgery.

These and other advances are helping ensure every implant is a success story. The end result is both a functional restoration and a beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”

By Jeffrey Mason, DMD
February 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants keep your smile whole by permanently and securely replacing lost teeth and their roots. One of the reasons dental implants are so secure is that they are placed in the jawbone, which means you must have enough bone to support the implants. Dental implants are available at Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, where Dr. Jeffrey Mason can determine if you are a candidate for them.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are an innovative solution to tooth loss. A dental implant actually looks a lot like a small metal screw. The dental implant is placed in the jaw bone and will fuse with the bone over time to form a strong and secure hold. Dental implants can be used to replace just one missing tooth or several. When replacing multiple teeth at a time, several dental implants can be used to support a dental bridge or overdenture. Since the implants are placed in the bone, they provide additional stability for the bridge or overdenture.

When replacing individual teeth, a dental implant is topped with a crown, which looks like a natural tooth. The dental implant functions much like a root to hold the crown firmly in place. An abutment piece joins the crown to the dental implant. The skilled dentist at our office in Hasbrouck Heights can explain your dental implant options, from replacing just one tooth or many.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants deliver several benefits. A primary benefit is that they keep your smile whole. Additionally, dental implants are durable, long-lasting, and secure. Further, you can bite and chew food with ease just the same as with your natural teeth. Another benefit of dental implants is the possibility of reversing some of the side effects that often accompany tooth loss, such as sagging of the face, changes in speech, and excess strain on the remaining teeth. Many of these side effects are eliminated once your smile has been restored with dental implants.

If you are ready to enjoy a full smile again, dental implants could be the answer you need. Dr. Mason can determine if you have enough bone in the jaw area to support the placement of dental implants. To learn more about dental implants, call Mason Dental Associates in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, at (201) 288-4447.

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Unlike the natural tooth it replaces, a dental implant is impervious to decay. But don’t think that means you can relax your oral hygiene habits — even though the implant itself can’t be infected, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. And if they’re not properly cared for you might eventually lose the implant.

In fact, implants may be more susceptible to problems from impacted food that becomes wedged between the gums and teeth than their natural counterparts. Natural teeth are connected to the jaw by way of a resilient, elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament: the ligament resides in the space between the tooth root and the bone and attaches to both through tiny fibers. The bone and ligament are protected by an attachment of gum tissue that covers all of the surrounding bone and attaches to the root surface. The outer gum tissue surface is covered by a protein called keratin that makes it resistant to wear.

On the other hand, these periodontal ligament fibers don’t exist when implants are present as the implant is fastened directly to the bone. Because it doesn’t have this ligament attachment, and the gum tissues around can’t attach to the implant as with natural teeth, it may be more vulnerable to bacteria or trauma caused by food impaction. So, cleaning and caring for dental implants is just as important, if not more so than with natural teeth.

If the gums around an implant become infected and inflamed it could lead to peri-implantitis, a condition that can destroy the bone attachment between the implant and the bone. In other words, the loss of bone support can weaken the integration of the implant with the bone. As more and more attachment is lost, the implant can loosen and eventually be lost.

The best way to avoid this is with consistent daily hygiene and regular dental checkups. And, if you notice any signs of swelling or redness of the gums around an implant, contact us as soon as possible. The sooner we begin treatment to alleviate the infection, the less danger there will be of losing your implant.

If you would like more information on how to care for dental implants and other restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infections around Implants.”

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!