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Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry and changed the lives of many people. By providing a foundation for replacement teeth, bridges, or dentures, they can help you to look and feel just as you did prior to losing any of your natural teeth. Dental implants can make it possible for you to eat your favorite foods again and smile with confidence.
When you want to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, you should talk with a knowledgeable and skilled dentist who can evaluate your individual needs and provide guidance on how to best meet them. Dr. Howard Perlmutter has served Northern New Jersey for years, building relationships with dental professionals and helping patients like you improve their smile and their oral health. He can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for your implant placement. Once the healing and osseous integration is complete and you have been cleared by the oral surgeon, Dr. Perlmutter will place the custom abutments and take impressions for your implant crown. You will be well on your way to completing your dental implant restoration in Oradell.
A dental implant restoration procedure in Oradell replaces your natural tooth. A natural tooth has two parts: a crown and a root. The crown is the visible part of the tooth you use when you chew; the root, which supports the crown, is under the gumline and is attached to the jawbone. The first step in replacing your teeth through a dental implant restoration procedure is having an oral surgeon place the implant.
Simply put, a dental implant replaces the root of a tooth. The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that the oral surgeon places into the jawbone where your tooth is missing. This metal anchor acts as a substitute for your tooth’s root. Your jawbone bonds with the titanium post, creating a strong foundation for the final implant crown, bridge or denture. Once you have been cleared by the oral surgeon, Dr. Perlmutter will place the custom abutment into the implant. He then takes an impression and bite registration to send to the lab to make your custom implant crown.
Replacing your lost teeth is important for more than just your appearance. When you lose teeth, you can also lose bone mass in your jaw under the surface of your gums. The alveolar bone that supports each tooth begins to disintegrate as soon as your tooth is lost, which can cause your mouth to appear “caved-in.” By getting a dental implant to replace the alveolar bone, you can address this bone deterioration and preserve your facial structure.
There are many different types of implants and restorations. As part of your dental implant restoration procedure in Oradell, depending on how many teeth you need replaced, Dr. Perlmutter will work with the oral surgeon to help you choose the best option. If you are missing one tooth, a single implant and custom abutment and implant crown will suffice. If you are missing several teeth in a row, you may need an implant-supported bridge anchored to dental implants on either side of the gap. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, a full set of All-on-4® dental implants with partial or full dentures can be used for greater stability and better function.
Generally, once the oral surgeon places the implants, it takes patients about six months to heal. The oral surgeon will schedule all follow up appointments and send Dr. Perlmutter a report when the implants are ready to be restored. These prosthetic, or artificial, teeth are made from all porcelain, to mimic the look and function of your natural teeth.
Once the restoration is ready, Dr. Perlmutter attaches it to your implant. Just as with your natural teeth, dental implant restorations require regular oral hygiene care, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups.
Replacing missing teeth is about more than just your appearance—it is essential for your oral health. Dental implant restorations offer several advantages, including improved chewing and speech, enhanced appearance, and increased confidence. Restorations can help bring back your natural, beautiful smile.
Our practice serves Bergen County and all of Northern New Jersey! Contact our compassionate team to schedule an appointment for your dental implant restoration in Oradell.