Chances are, if you have looked into replacement options for your missing tooth or teeth, you have run across dental implants. These restorations allow you to take advantage of a permanent, natural looking solution to your missing teeth. But what is the purpose of dental crowns? Your Clifton, NJ dentist, Dr. Toan Bui of Transcendental, is here to help you understand this revolutionary procedure and determine if it is the best option for you.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants replace your missing tooth’s root. Your Clifton dentist surgically implants a tiny post, called the fixture, into the jawbone. Over the course of several months, the fixture integrates into the jawbone. This provides a stable foundation for your replacement tooth. The implant’s abutment connects the prosthetic tooth, or dental crown, to the fixture, completing the implant.
Are dental implants right for me?
When a tooth is lost, the bone underneath it lacks stimulation, leading to bone loss. Since dental implants integrate into this same bone, good candidates must have minimal bone loss. An excellent at-home oral hygiene routine is necessary for keeping your implants and natural teeth as healthy as possible. Brush and floss twice a day and see your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings twice yearly. This allows your dentist to catch any problems that may arise and decreases the chance of major dental issues.
The procedure for dental implants takes place over two phases. The first is the actual implantation of the implant’s fixture into the jawbone. The integration process requires several months. During this time, a dental laboratory creates the crowns which replace your missing teeth based on molds taken of your mouth. The tooth-shaped crowns are color-matched to the surrounding teeth to ensure the most natural appearance possible. Once the integration process is complete, the second phase of the process begins. Your Clifton dentist affixes the implant’s abutment to the fixture. This serves as a connector for the fixture and the crown. Once the crown is in place on the abutment, the implant is complete. Your new tooth will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.
For more information on dental implants, please contact your dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, at Transcendental in Clifton, NJ. Call (973) 458-9899 to schedule your appointment today!