Gaps don't have to ruin your smile. Dental implants offer the ideal way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Sam Faltas, Dr. Steven Kuitems and Dr. William Ratz in Morristown, NJ explain how implants will help you feel proud of your smile again.
Building a new tooth from the bottom up
Each one of your teeth is comprised of a crown that sits above your gums and roots that extend below your gum line. The roots play an important role in the stability of your tooth, yet this important function isn't addressed in most tooth replacement options. Dental implants replace both the roots and the crown of your teeth. The implant, a small titanium screw, is placed in your jawbone, and once the implant is added, the truly amazing part of the entire process will begin.
Your dental implant will gradually fuse to your jawbone over several months. When the implant has bonded completely, you'll receive an artificial crown that will not only fill the gap in your smile but also allow you to chew normally and comfortably.
Dental implants offer unique benefits
Losing a tooth can have a profound effect on your oral health. Without your lost tooth to offer support, your other teeth may begin to move and might eventually overlap. In addition to concerns about your appearance, you'll also have to worry about an increased cavity risk, as overlapping areas can make it hard to get rid of plaque.
Implants also prevent your jawbone from weakening, a common problem that frequently accompanies tooth loss. Your roots are designed to keep your jawbone strong by exerting constant pressure on the bone. Replacing the roots reduces your risk that your jawbone will begin to recede. With proper care, your implant can last a lifetime. Ready for a dental implant? Call Dr. Faltas, Dr. Kuitems and Dr. Ratz in Morristown, NJ at (908) 766-1300 to schedule an appointment.