Our oral cavity has evolved over a span of millions of years. Our teeth, tongue and supporting tissues are designed to function harmoniously and help with breaking down of food into finer digestible fragments. The teeth also aid in speaking and maintaining a shape of the face. When a tooth is lost because of an infection or an accident, the ability to chew and bite food is compromised to some extent. A dental restoration is designed to restore the functions of lost tooth and improve the smile. Among different types of restorations, dental implants are most widely recommended because of their wonderful characteristics. At New Image General and Cosmetic Dentistry, our team recommends treatments that have both medical and aesthetic benefits. Our dental implants have played pivotal roles in the lives of our valuable patients. Our dental implants and oral care have improved the quality of life of people who visit us from Fords, Woodbridge Township and surrounding communities of NJ.
When you lose a tooth, there is a reduction of chewing efficiency. This means that you have to put in more effort to chew the same amount of food and your remaining teeth have to bear more load. The gap created in the dentition can increase food lodgement and heighten the chances of gum disease. The nearby teeth can shift positions and lead to misalignment. Tooth loss also leads to jawbone degeneration which occurs due to lack of stimulation from the tooth. All these problems can directly impact your overall health.
Dental implants are titanium posts that replace lost teeth roots. The restoration is surgically inserted into the jawbone. A dental implant is designed to integrate with supporting bone and form a functional bond. This process is called Osseointegration. The success of the restoration depends on how well the implant bonds with bone tissues. Once the Osseointegration process is successfully completed, the tooth replacement is ready to take load and function like natural teeth.
One of the most commonly asked questions about dental implants is regarding the candidature to undergo the surgery. The most important necessity to get a dental implant is healthy supporting bone. If the bone does not have sufficient volume to support the restoration, then there are more chances of failure. Our dentist firstly checks for signs of gum problems and the size of the supporting bone. Dental implant surgery is recommended after thoroughly evaluating the health conditions of the patient.
The restoration of lost tooth using dental implant involves a surgery. It is a painless process which is performed with the aid of local anesthesia. An incision is made in the gums and drills are used to create a bony recess. The implant is torqued in the supporting bone and the gums are sutured back after the procedure. The implant is left to heal for a period of 3-6 months. The restoration bonds with the supporting bone during this period.
The second phase involves placement of abutment and fabrication of crown. Our dentist checks the implant to see if the Osseointegration process is complete. On confirmation that the implant is ready to take the load, an abutment is fixed over its head. Impressions of teeth are taken to get a dental crown fabricated in the lab. Once the crown is ready, it is checked for fit and is bonded or screwed over the abutment. Our team explains patients about how to care for the restoration.