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Did you know that most healthy teens and adults qualify for restorative implant dentistry? With the special ability to improve your jaw bone structure, these artificial teeth look and act like the real thing, making them the most ideal tooth replacement available today. Here at Dental Arts of Englewood, Dr. Mark Doktor places dental implants to give patients their best possible smiles—read on to learn why they're right for you too!
Restorative implant dentistry is amazing
Composed of a titanium screw that is placed directly into the jaw bone, a metal extension post, and a ceramic crown, this realistic tooth replacement optimizes chewing, facial structure, jaw bone integrity, smile appearance, and self-confidence.
Most implant procedures are highly successful, with patients retaining the devices for years. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says the success rate is over 95 percent!
Are implants right for you?
Ultimately, you and your dentist will decide the answer to this question. During a consultation, Dr. Doktor will examine your remaining teeth and gums, as well as perform a three-dimensional scan to reveal your bone structure, thus determining if you have sufficient hard tissue in the jaw to accept and anchor a dental implant. Don't worry—the majority of patients qualify for treatment, and if you don't, it is quite likely that there are some procedures that we can perform to turn you into a qualified candidate!
Do implants take long to heal?
Actually, they don't. Your implant site will look and feel normal within days. However, osseointegration takes a few months to complete.
What is osseointegration? It's the process whereby your titanium implant and your jaw bone fuse. Unique to dental implants, osseointegration anchors the implant screw, giving it superior strength and function.
What is the surgery like?
Implant insertion takes about an hour, and it is completely discomfort-free thanks to local anesthetic. During the procedure, your dentist will place the implant device into your jawbone, and simply close it with sutures—that's it!
When you return to Dental Arts of Englewood, Dr. Doktor will re-open the site and connect your extension post and crown to the implant, thus completing your new smile.
If you are ready to explore dental implants, contact Dental Arts of Englewood for a consultation by dialing (201) 894-9998.
How dental implants from your dentist in Englewood, New Jersey can rebuild your smile
Do you need to rebuild your smile because of broken teeth? Do you want another tooth replacement option instead of bridges, partials or dentures? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to know about the benefits of dental implants. Dr. Mark Docktor at Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey offers dental implant treatment to give you back your smile!
Dental implants offer an exciting new alternative to conventional tooth replacement options like bridges. Dental implants offer you the benefit of having a smile that looks natural, feels natural, and gives you back your full chewing function.
When you choose dental implants, you are joining the many satisfied people who want a great smile. Dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent, the highest of any surgical implant, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
A high success rate isn’t the only benefit of dental implants. These are just a few of the amazing benefits you will enjoy:
- Natural beauty, because dental implant crowns are made of high-tech dental ceramic that looks just like natural tooth enamel
- Stability, because dental implants are completely surrounded by bone, so they won't move around
- Easy to maintain, because you brush and floss your dental implants just like natural teeth so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy
Dental implants can restore your smile whether you’ve lost a single tooth or many teeth. Implants can also provide support for a full denture, called an overdenture, which is simply snapped in place over the implants.
When you choose dental implants, you are also helping to conserve the bone in your jaw, which maintains your firm jawline and your youthful face!
If you want to restore your smile with the most natural-looking, naturally functioning tooth replacement, you need to choose dental implants! You can get started with a simple phone call. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Mark Docktor at Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, New Jersey today!
With a 95-plus percent survival rate after ten years, dental implants are one of the most durable replacement restorations available. Implants can potentially last much longer than less expensive options, which could make them a less costly choice in the long run.
But although a rare occurrence, implants can and do fail—often in the first few months. And tobacco smokers in particular make up a sizeable portion of these failures.
The reasons stem from smoking’s effect on oral health. Inhaled smoke can actually burn the outer skin layers in the mouth and eventually damage the salivary glands, which can decrease saliva production. Among its functions, saliva provides enzymes to fight disease; it also protects tooth enamel from damaging acid attacks. A chronic “dry mouth,” on the other hand, increases the risk of disease.
The chemical nicotine in tobacco also causes problems because it constricts blood vessels in the mouth and skin. The resulting reduced blood flow inhibits the delivery of antibodies to diseased or wounded areas, and so dramatically slows the healing process. As a result, smokers can take longer than non-smokers to recover from diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, or heal after surgery.
Both the higher disease risk and slower healing can impact an implant’s ultimate success. Implant durability depends on the gradual integration between bone and the implant’s titanium metal post that naturally occurs after placement. But this crucial process can be stymied if an infection resistant to healing arises—a primary reason why smokers experience twice the number of implant failures as non-smokers.
So, what should you do if you’re a smoker and wish to consider implants?
First, for both your general and oral health, try to quit smoking before you undergo implant surgery. At the very least, stop smoking a week before implant surgery and for two weeks after to lower your infection risk. And you can further reduce your chances for failure by practicing diligent daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.
It’s possible to have a successful experience with implants even if you do smoke. But kicking the habit will definitely improve your odds.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”
Over the past 30 years, a dental miracle has helped thousands of people take back control of their smiles. What is this marvel? It's called the dental implant, an artificial tooth from root to crown. At Dental Arts of Englewood, Dr. Mark Docktor practices state-of-the-art implant dentistry, giving patients strong and complete smiles so they look, feel and function at their very best. If your smile needs help, dental implants could be your ideal tooth replacement option.
The pieces and the process
Say, for instance, you have lost a tooth due to deep decay and abscess. Or, maybe you were in a car accident, and a tooth was irretrievably damaged. Well, if you have sufficient bone surrounding the empty socket and the rest of your oral health is good, you likely can receive a dental implant to permanently fill that smile gap.
Here's how it works. Dr. Docktor will examine your mouth, including taking digital X-rays to understand how healthy jaw bone is. Bone density is critical to implant success. If you were lacking enough bone, the dentist can augment the site to increase jaw bone strength.
With a satisfactory amount of bone, the treatment proceeds with the placement of a titanium cylinder. This is the first of three pieces which make up the typical dental implant. To insert the cylinder, your Englewood implant dentist injects numbing medication, incises the gums and drills a small access hole into the bone.
Next, Dr. Docktor inserts the implant and closes the gums with sutures. What comes next is the remarkable secret behind dental implant success. Called osseointegration, this process melds the jaw bone to the dental implant, creating an inseparable bond. Traditional tooth replacements, such as bridges and dentures, only rest on the gums and bone, but dental implants are anchored within the jaw itself.
Osseointegration takes many weeks, but when it's complete to Dr. Docktor's satisfaction, the next step in the process may happen. That involves re-opening the implant site and bonding a metal alloy post on the implant. The final piece is a custom-crafted porcelain crown. In short, a dental implant patient now has a complete artificial tooth that looks and feels like the real thing. Additionally, people who have lost multiple teeth may receive implants to anchor dentures or bridgework.
Are dental implants really that good?
The statistics bear it out: dental implants are marvelous. The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that while conventional prosthetics fail in a decade or so, dental implants succeed over 95 percent of the time and last indefinitely.
If you wonder how to care for implants, it's not hard at all. Brush and floss as usual, and see Dr. Docktor semi-annually for an exam and professional cleaning.
Come see us
At Dental Arts of Englewood, the team loves to see patients react positively to their restored smiles. That could be you, too. Call today for an implant consultation in Englewood, NJ at (201) 894-9998.
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”