Before the development of dental implants, dentists only had a few options for replacing missing teeth. Tooth-supported fixed bridges permanently attach artificial teeth to healthy adjacent teeth. Resin-bonded teeth similarly attach to the neighboring teeth through use of a strong adhesive. Removable partial dentures are supported by the gums and underlying bone ridge, and replace one or more missing teeth. While these restorations can fill in gaps in your smile, they only partially replicate the feel of natural teeth.
Unlike bridges, dental implants function similarly to natural teeth. While the titanium posts replace the missing teeth roots, the final restoration replaces the crowns. These custom restorations are made of ceramic materials and are designed to have the look and feel of natural teeth. If you are interested in undergoing a dental implant procedure, call our Clinton, NJ office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Victoria Uryniak and Dr. Carson Ferris-Zeolla. The sooner we can help you find the right tooth replacement option, the sooner you can enjoy the aesthetic and medical benefits of dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
More than 3 million Americans have dental implants, and that number is growing by a half million each year, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. With the medical and aesthetic advantages dental implants have over other forms of tooth replacement, more and more Americans are choosing the permanent route to tooth restoration. Here are a few reasons why.
While dentures have to be replaced every several years, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Even if the outer crown needs to be replaced (dental implant restoration), the titanium root remains in place.
Increased Jawbone Strength
Beyond restoring a patient’s natural smile, dental implants offer medical benefits such as increased jawbone strength. Dental implants are designed to promote jawbone growth in the areas where they are placed. Over years and decades, missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration and recession. Implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material. Through a process known as osseointegration, bone material fuses with dental implants during the months following surgery. The metal continues to stimulate bone growth around it for the life of the implant.
Restored Natural Smile
Dentures are prone to slipping and are often perceivable by others. Bridges can become discolored and unnatural over time. Dental implants are the only tooth restoration method that leaves your artificial tooth indiscernible from its neighbors. That is because the tooth is permanently affixed to the jaw, matching the contour of the surrounding teeth. Furthermore, the ceramic crown is custom made to match your other teeth, both in color and shape.
Restored Chewing Function
Chewing is an essential function of the mouth that breaks down food so it can be properly absorbed. Proper chewing function can be hindered when teeth are out of alignment or missing. Dental implants sit firmly in the jaw, restoring natural chewing abilities.
High Success Rate
Dental implant procedures regularly report a success rates of 95 percent, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Established Track Record
The first titanium dental implant procedure was completed in 1965 by an orthopedic surgeon.
More than 3 million Americans now have dental implants, and the procedure is quickly becoming the standard in tooth restoration.
Discover the Benefits of Dental Implants at Walnut Pond Dentistry
Dental implants are becoming the procedure of choice for tooth restoration. Our office accepts many forms of insurance, and we offer medical financing through CareCredit. Call Walnut Pond Dentistry at (908) 200-7007 for an appointment and to learn how Drs. Uryniak and Ferris-Zeolla and our caring team can find the best implant option for you.