Dental implants offer a permanent and strong replacement for missing teeth. Instead of dentures or bridges that sit on the surface of your gums, an implant replaces your missing tooth root to offer a natural-looking and highly-functioning option. At Emerson Dental Arts, Dr. Archer Katz uses his vast cosmetic dentistry experience to provide implants for missing teeth. If you live in Emerson, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking tool to see if implants are right for you.
Dental implants have a success rate of 98% and can last a lifetime if you care for them well. They offer several advantages over traditional dentures or bridges and look and feel like your natural teeth, so they don’t affect the way you eat or speak as dentures do. Other benefits include:
If you’re healthy enough for dental work, particularly oral surgery, you may be a candidate for an implant. Dr. Katz considers your gum health and bone availability as these structures must be strong enough to hold the implant.
You must also demonstrate a willingness to maintain excellent oral hygiene habits once you have the implant.
Getting a dental implant is a multi-step process. Dr. Katz develops a clear treatment plan for you according to your needs. In most cases, you first receive the actual implant in a minor outpatient surgical procedure. The implant is a small titanium post inserted into the jaw bone.
After about 6-12 weeks, the bone has grown around the implant to create a solid “root” for a false tooth. Dr. Katz then attaches an abutment to the implant. He attaches a custom-made crown that feels and looks just like your natural teeth to the abutment.
If you have a series of missing teeth, implants may also be an option to hold dentures in place. They hold the dentures in your mouth so that you don’t have to deal with the slippage and unnatural look of removable dentures. The dentures snap onto attachments placed on the implants so you can remove it as necessary.
You do need to remove implant-supported dentures daily for cleaning and sleeping. The implant-supported dentures may be an alternative to bridges or multiple crowns. Talk to Dr. Katz to see if this might be a viable option for you.
Emerson Dental Arts provides Dental Implant services in Emerson, NJ and surrounding areas. Please feel free to call our office or request an appointment online today.