How to Decide if Dental Implants are Right for You
Implant dentistry has revolutionized the way dentists treat tooth loss. Dental restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures replace the visible portion of a tooth, covering the basics like restoring the ability to chew and speak clearly, and improving the cosmetic appearance of a smile after tooth loss. Dental implants improve on the function and design of dental restorations by also replacing the roots of missing teeth, which play an invisible but essential role in maintaining oral and general health. Dr. Mark Docktor, a dentist at Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, NJ, recommends implant dentistry for qualified adult patients in good health looking for a secure and permanent remedy for tooth loss.
Smile Restoration and Implant Dentistry in Englewood, NJ
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, at least 10% of dentists in the United States offer implants to meet the growing demand among adult patients for a more secure and permanent alternative to crowns or dentures. Even with improved awareness, prevention and treatment options for periodontal (gum) disease, it remains one of the most common causes of adult tooth loss according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Adults in good general health with enough remaining bone density in the gums are generally good candidates for implant dentistry. The first stage of the process involves placing a small, screw shaped titanium implant, which then fuses with the surrounding bone tissue to help prevent bone loss and generate growth of new bone tissue. Once the implant has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached, completing the restoration. A few implants can also support an entire set of dentures. Once in place, implants are cared for just like natural teeth, with a dedicated oral hygiene routine at home and regular follow-up care and treatment with a dentist. The success rate for implants is estimated to be 98% according to industry data.
Find a Dentist in Englewood, NJ
For more information on how implant dentistry works, and whether it is the right tooth replacement option for you, contact Dental Arts of Englewood by calling (201) 894-9998 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Docktor today.