Dentures and bridges are both used to fill in the empty space in your mouth, but while they can take the place of the crowns of your teeth, they don’t replace the roots. This can be an issue over the long term; without stable tooth roots, your jawbone will start to break down, causing your facial features to collapse. Also, your dentures will start to slip as the underlying bone and gums change shape. To make sure your new teeth have the best support possible, call us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Gizachew to ask if dental implants from our Brick Township, NJ dentist are right for you.
You may have heard dental implants referred to as the modern gold standard for tooth replacement. An implant is a thin screw like post that is typically made out of titanium (a strong, highly biocompatible metal). It is inserted into the jaw via surgery and will gradually join with the bone through a natural process called osseointegration. When successfully placed, implants can be used to support artificial teeth that look and function very much like real ones.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. In other words, no matter how severe your tooth loss is, dental implants are a viable solution! Before we can begin the process, though, we’ll need to confirm that there’s enough bone density in your jaw to support the posts; we’ll also have to treat any signs of an infection that could lead to implant failure. Once we’re sure your mouth is ready, we can start planning the process based on the number of missing teeth.
Using a single dental implant instead of a dental bridge to replace a tooth allows us to fill a gap in your smile without sacrificing healthy tooth enamel. Once the implant fuses with the bone and the gums have completely healed, we can top the post with a crown that has been designed to match the rest of your smile.
It is possible to get multiple implants to replace teeth in different locations throughout the mouth should you need to. However, if you are missing several teeth in a row, there is a much more conservative solution: getting a dental bridge that rests on a pair of sturdy dental implants.
Traditional dentures have been used to replace teeth for years, and we can make them stronger and more stable than ever before by attaching them to dental implants. This makes it easier for you to chew particularly tough foods and greatly simplifies the cleaning process by allowing you to brush and floss like you normally would.
Getting a dental implant is a process with multiple stages. At some dental offices, you might have to be sent to a separate specialist to have the implants placed in your mouth. Here at Brick Dental Care, though, implants can be placed and restored under the same roof. There’s no need to visit a separate dental office or deal with a doctor that you barely know; you can count on us to handle everything in an environment that you’re already familiar with.
Before you commit to getting dental implants, you need to make sure that you fully understand all of the costs involved. Not every patient will pay the same price for a new smile; some only need a single implant while others will receive multiple posts. Furthermore, sometimes additional steps like bone grafts and gum disease therapy will be required. We’ll form an estimate for you during your initial consultation, and we’ll help you figure out ways to keep out-of-pocket costs to a minimum (like using your dental insurance benefits to pay for specific aspects of the treatment).