Forgetting that you have missing teeth is rather difficult to do. After all, the evidence is gazing back at you every time you look in the mirror—there’s that hole in your smile. Plus, you may have noticed other consequences. Perhaps you’re ashamed or embarrassed by your teeth. You might not even be able to eat all the foods that you used to enjoy. For these reasons and more, tooth replacement is essential. One of your best options is dental implants, which look natural and feel great. For outstanding dental implants in Bergenfield, trust the dentists at Washington Dental Associates.
Dental Implants and Your Smile
Let’s answer a basic question: what are dental implants? Simply stated a dental implant is a prosthetic that replaces an entire tooth, including the root and crown. At our offices in Bergenfield, NJ or Tappan, NY, we can take care of the entire dental implant process. Once Dr. Tong or Dr. LaCap has determined that you are a qualified candidate for implants—and most people are—then you won’t need to go anywhere else for your new smile.
The Implant Process
After we’ve examined your teeth and gums and taken digital x-rays and a bone scan, the process can begin. You’ll be given a local anesthetic and then the implant will be surgically set in your jawbone. The number of implants placed will depend on how many teeth you’re missing; implants can be used to secure a single crown or even a full denture.
After surgery, complete healing takes three to six months. During this time, the implant and surrounding bone will integrate to form a firm foundation for a tooth restoration. This integration also helps your jawbone remain healthy. Once healed, you’ll return to our office to have the abutment and tooth restoration attached.
Caring for Dental Implants
Taking care of dental implants isn’t much different than taking care of natural teeth. You’ll need to brush and floss every day and schedule regular dental cleanings and exams every six months. Dr. Tong or Dr. LaCap may also recommend other cleaning aids for you to use at home.
A word of caution—although teeth restored with dental implants are not susceptible to decay they are subject to the same wear and tear as your other teeth. Therefore, proper care is essential to ensure the longevity of your dental implants and the health of your smile.
For Dental Implants in Bergenfield, Call Our Office Today
If you’ve been contending with missing teeth, then contact the office of Washington Dental Associates in Bergenfield, NJ or Tappan, NY. We’ll be glad to evaluate you for dental implants.