Dental implants don't just improve your appearance, but also offer several other important benefits. Dr. Robert Boff and Dr. Banafsheh Goujani --your Ramsey, NJ dentists--explain how dental implants can help your smile.
Total tooth replacement
You're probably familiar with bridges and dentures, the two other tooth replacement choices. Although they're effective options, both restorations only replace teeth above the gum line. Dental implants actually replace the roots of your teeth. They're made of titanium, a durable metal that fuses to bone over time. Once the implant is securely bonded to the bone, a crown is placed on top of it. The crown replaces the visible part of the tooth.
An improved smile
The new crown connected to your dental implant is made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or other materials that look just like natural tooth enamel. Your Ramsey dentist chooses a shade that closely matches surrounding teeth to ensure that no one will ever be able to tell that your new tooth isn't real.
A stronger jawbone
Tooth loss often leads to loss of bone in your jaw. When your roots no longer stimulate the jawbone, the bone starts to weaken and shrink. Unfortunately, if the bone recedes significantly, some of your teeth may become loose and fall out. A receding jawbone can also play a part in facial sagging. Since dental implants replace roots, your jaw stays strong and healthy.
Improved comfort and chewing ability
When bridges or dentures aren't comfortable, it's difficult to bite and chew. Poorly fitting dentures can lead to slipping and sores on your gums. The problem can occur because dentures only rest on your gums, unlike dental implants that are bonded to your jawbone. Slipping is never a problem with implants. In fact, most people say that dental implants feel exactly like their natural teeth.
Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to restore your smile. Call your Ramsey, NJ dentists at (201) 327-3060 to schedule an appointment to find out if you're a good candidate for implants.