Dental implants are game changers for anyone who needs to replace missing teeth. When the team at Applegarth Dental uses dental implants to anchor a crown or bridge, you gain a replacement tooth that’s as strong and stable as your original tooth. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures. If you’re ready to improve your smile with dental implants, call the office in East Windsor, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.
A dental implant is a small titanium rod that’s placed in your jawbone, where it’s used to replace a missing tooth. The rod effectively substitutes as a tooth root, as it holds a dental prosthetic.
You can get one implant for a single crown, several implants for additional crowns, or two implants to hold a bridge.
Dental implants are a great choice for improving your appearance by replacing missing teeth, but they provide other benefits, too. Implants can:
An implant attaches a crown or bridge with the same strength and stability as a natural tooth.
When you lose one or more teeth, the surrounding teeth gradually shift their positions, moving toward the space. As a result, you develop misaligned teeth, which affects your bite. An implant prevents the problem.
Without a tooth root to stimulate bone production, your jawbone begins to deteriorate in that area. Implants stimulate bone growth, keeping your jaw strong.
Your dentist at Applegarth Dental performs a complete dental exam, including X-rays, to be sure your jaw can support an implant. In some cases, the bone may be too thin to hold an implant, but that can usually be fixed with a bone graft.
To perform a bone graft, your dentist attaches biocompatible bone grafting material to the implant area. As the underlying bone grows to fuse with the implant, the jawbone is strengthened.
When it’s time for your implant, your dentist makes an incision in the top of your gum, drills a small hole, then screws in the implant. Over the next few months, the bone around the implant regrows and fuses to the implant, creating a structure as strong as your original tooth root.
The implanted rod is slightly below your gum line, so a piece called an abutment, which rises above the gum, is securely attached to the rod. Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to the dental lab that will make your crown or bridge. When your new dental prosthesis is ready, it’s permanently bonded to the abutment.
If you have questions about implants, call Applegarth Dental or book an appointment online.