Are you tired of looking at an incomplete smile? Do you wish you could wave a magic wand and suddenly see a mouth full of teeth? What if you were to learn that there are several solutions that might be right for you? Guess what? There are! Missing teeth no longer have to be a lifelong reality. Instead, you and your dentist can discuss which option will help you achieve your desired results. Before scheduling your appointment, take a look at some of the many ways you can restore your smile in its entirety and why dental implants in Bergenfield may just be the best.
How You Can Replace Missing Teeth
When you think about replacing missing teeth, it’s likely that the first thing that comes to mind is dentures. Often portrayed in movies as these artificial prosthetics that fumble out of people’s mouths and worn only by the elderly, they’ve actually come a long way. Dental advancements have made it possible for individuals to enjoy a happier, healthier smile with dentures, but they’re not the only way you can restore your smile. In fact, there are a few solutions that will give you enhanced results, including:
- Dentures: Whether you need a partial or full denture, these custom-made prosthetics use a gum-colored base and artificial teeth to restore the look of your smile. Depending on which option you require, a partial is held into place with clasps or clips that are attached to your natural teeth, whereas, a full denture uses your natural suction to stay in place.
- Fixed Bridge: If you’re missing a few consecutive teeth in a row, a fixed bridge can eliminate the gap. Using the natural, healthy teeth that live on either side of the vacated socket, your dentist in Bergenfield will file these teeth down to ensure the prosthetic fits. Fusing together three or more dental crowns, the finalized restoration will fit snugly over your natural teeth while those in the middle will sit on top of the gum to restore your smile.
- Dental Implants: Instead of relying on your natural teeth to place a restoration, dental implants require no altering to your natural teeth. Instead, they replace the entire tooth structure from the root up. Using a titanium post, metal abutment, and custom restoration, dental implants offer greater stability, functionality, and a chance to enjoy a longer-lasting smile.
Why Dental Implants Are the Best
While all of the solutions listed above will give you beautiful results, dental implants are the only ones that can truly restore the look and health of your smile. With a restoration that blends in to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth, the implant itself will continue to stimulate your jawbone because of its surgical placement into the bone. This will prevent bone deterioration or weakening over time, reducing the chances of facial sagging.
Although they are considerably more invasive than dentures or a fixed bridge, dental implants can last much longer, nearly a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
So, what are you waiting for? Make an appointment with your dentist today to discuss how you can find out if you qualify for dental implant placement.
About the Author
Dr. Mariliza LaCap has more than two decades working in the oral healthcare field. Completing her Aesthetic Advantage Certification at New York University, she went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Columbia University School of Dental & Oral Surgery, graduating in the top 10% of her class. Since that time, she has completed a residency at Englewood Hospital and pursued advanced training in various specialties, one of which is dental implants. Understanding the difficulties a person can face when dealing with missing teeth, Dr. LaCap and the team at Washington Dental Associates are proud to transform, rebuild, and restore smiles with a solution that offers greater stability and functionality. To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact us at (201) 453-4863.