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There are several tooth replacement options for restoring your smile. Three popular choices include dental implants, crowns and bridgework, and dentures. A dentist can help you decide which option is right for you. Dr. Chithra Durgam at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with you.
Dental implants are a long-term and secure option for replacing lost teeth. When replacing just one tooth, a metal implant, an abutment, and a dental crown are needed. The metal implant is placed below the gum line in the jaw area. The implant is placed directly in bone and will become permanently fused with the bone over time, which helps the implant hold an artificial tooth firmly in place. An abutment is used to attach a dental crown to the implant. The crown looks and functions just like a regular tooth and is all that is visible since the implant sits below the gum line.
Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth all at once. When doing so, several metal implants are placed in the jaw bone. depending on the number of teeth are being replaced and their positioning, either a dental bridge or an implant-supported overdenture will be placed on top of the dental crowns. One of our experienced dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
Crowns and Bridgework
Another option for replacing lost teeth is bridgework held in place by dental crowns. The crowns fit over existing teeth, while the bridge fills in the gaps where teeth are missing in between. Alternatively, the crowns can be attached to dental implants if it is not possible to place them over natural teeth. Either way, the crowns perform the function of securely holding bridgework in place. The artificial teeth along the bridge are called pontics. Both the pontics and crowns look and function the same as natural teeth.
Removable dentures are another excellent method for replacing lost teeth. Dentures can be used to replace just a few teeth or all of them. Partial dentures are worn when just a few teeth need replacement, while full or complete dentures are worn when a full row or arch of teeth is being replaced. Several types of removable full or partial dentures exist and our dentists can recommend a suitable option for you. Types of dentures meant to be worn long-term include removable partial dentures, conventional full dentures, and implant-supported overdentures.
You have several tooth replacement options and our knowledgeable dentist can help you choose the one that best suits your needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam to discuss your options, including dental implants, call Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, at (201) 869-3033.
For most people, the cosmetic effects of tooth loss can be devastating. Missing teeth can have an impact on everything from self-esteem and confidence to personal and professional prospects. But tooth loss can also negatively impact your oral and even general health. Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces missing teeth from root to crown, which helps to prevent bone loss, one of the main side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Chithra Durgam and Dr. Leah Friedman, the dentists at Aesthetic Dental in North Bergen, NJ, recommend implants for adult patients suffering from partial or full tooth loss.
Improve Your Smile with Dental Implants in North Bergen, NJ
When a tooth falls out or gets extracted, the bone tissue in the gums begins to erode. Over time, this can lead to complications and increase your risk of periodontitis (gum disease). Bone loss can also cause your teeth to shift and even become loose over time. Implants help to prevent bone loss, and encourage the growth of healthy new bone tissue.
How Dental Implants Work
In order to qualify for dental implants, you must have enough bone density in your jawbone to support the implant. Once the dentist has performed a comprehensive exam and determined that you are a good candidate for implants, the implant will be surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth. After the implant has healed and fused with the surrounding bone tissue, the cosmetic crown is attached in a separate procedure.
With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate and provide a long term, permanent solution to tooth loss.
Find a Dentist in North Bergen, NJ
For more information about the benefits of dental implants and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact Aesthetic Dental today by calling (201) 869-3033 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgam or Dr. Friedman.
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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: What are the Risks?”
There’s a lot to like about replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant. This state-of-the-art restoration is by far the most durable and life-like option available. And unlike other replacement options implants stimulate bone growth, a major concern after tooth loss.
For that reason we encourage getting an implant as soon as possible — for adults, that is. We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity. Because it attaches to the jaw differently, an implant can’t move with the growing jaw as real teeth do. It would eventually look as if it were sinking into the jaw below the gum line or being left behind as the rest of the jaw grows.
It’s best, then, to postpone placing an implant until the jaw fully matures, usually in a patient’s early twenties. In the meantime, there are some things we can do to prepare for a future implant while also restoring the tooth with a temporary replacement.
As previously mentioned, our biggest concern is bone health. Like other living tissue, bone has a growth cycle of older cells dissolving and newer ones forming in their place. The teeth transmit the pressure produced when we chew to the bone to stimulate this growth. With the absence of a tooth, the adjacent bone no longer receives this stimulation — the growth cycle slows and may eventually lead to bone loss.
We can help this situation by placing a bone graft in the missing tooth socket at the time of extraction. The graft serves as a scaffold that’s eventually taken over and replaced by new bone growth. We can also try to control how fast the graft is replaced by using grafting material that’s slowly removed and lasts longer — often a preferable situation if an implant is years away.
As for appearance, we can create a custom partial denture or even a type of bridge that bonds a prosthetic tooth to neighboring teeth without significantly altering them. If the patient undergoes orthodontic treatment it’s also possible to add prosthetic teeth to an orthodontic appliance.
Eventually, we’ll be able to provide the permanent solution of a dental implant. With careful planning and measures to preserve bone health, there’s a good chance the outcome will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on treatments for lost teeth in children and teenagers, 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 for Teenagers.”