Dental implants are a great option to restore missing teeth, and are available from our Clifton, NJ dentist, Dr. Todd Schild. If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth dental implants can be a perfect option to restore your mouth to full function and aesthetics.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
How are implants different from bridges?
Implants are the best option for a patient who does not want a bridge or dentures. A bridge is a permanent restoration just like an implant, but the difference is that the bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be affected. Bridges require the adjacent teeth around the missing tooth to be filed down to allow crowns be placed. A bridge also relies on adjacent teeth for support and stability. An implant will only address the missing space without affecting the health of the adjacent teeth.
Consider your dental implants to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups at our Clifton, NJ dental office. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.