Ideally, you would be able to maintain all of your teeth for your entire life. That’s certainly our goal for you at the office of Michael B. Schwarz, DMD. But the reality is that, for one reason or another, sometimes you will lose one of your teeth and end up with an empty space where it used to be. So what to do? Well, it wasn’t that long ago when the answers would have been removable partial dentures or a fixed dental bridge. And while those are good solutions and ones that are still available and in use today, our Ridgefield NJ dentist is pleased to offer you dental implants as the most advanced and advantageous choice to replace missing teeth.
You may be wondering why dental implants might be a better choice than the older, traditional bridges and partial dentures. Well, a bridge requires that the tooth on either side of it be drilled down and a crown put on top so that the bridge can be anchored between the natural teeth and the new crowns. While this provides a stable restoration, you have to lose the precious tooth material of two additional teeth to achieve it. In addition, some patients find that they have difficulties speaking normally with a bridge. Partial dentures are removable, using clasps that won’t require any drilling of your teeth, but you’ll need denture adhesive to hold them in place. That can be messy and dentures tend to still slide around when you speak and eat, leading to your confidence being less than 100%. Our Ridgefield NJ dentist can help you to avoid those drawback with dental implants.
A titanium post will be placed in your jaw in the position where the tooth used to be. Over several months, your jaw bone will grow around it, fusing and creating a bond that is strong and durable. The second component is a tooth-colored crown that will be cemented to the top of the post by our Ridgefield NJ dentist. For you, the result is a replacement that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. You may even forget that it’s an implant after a while. Most patients are good candidates for dental implants. To find out if you are, just call us and schedule a consultation. There’s no need to live without a full set of teeth any longer.