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Implant dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with replacing missing teeth with dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent restoration that is supported independently of the surrounding teeth by a titanium metal post. Implant dentistry allows your oral surgeon to replace the roots of your missing teeth without affecting the remaining neighboring ones. After they have healed, Oradell cosmetic dentist Dr. Howard Perlmutter will place the restoration to restore strength and beauty to your smile.
Implant dentistry replaces missing teeth. However, it is very versatile in that it may replace a single lost tooth or provide for the replacement of the complete upper or lower arches. Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw bone and function like a natural tooth root, providing your new false tooth with the stability it needs.
Dental implants consist of the titanium implant post, an attaching abutment, and a porcelain tooth crown. The titanium post is inserted directly into the jaw bone, and the abutment connects the post to the dental crown, which serves as a false tooth.
Yes, dental implants come in a variety of sizes. Your oral surgeon will choose the appropriate implant to support the restoration you require. For example, a different implant is needed to replace a single tooth than is necessary to replace a full upper arch.
If properly placed and cared for, your dental implants should last as long as your surrounding natural teeth. The greatest threat to a dental implant is gum disease, which attacks the gums and jaw bone. Maintaining good care of your teeth will prevent this from happening.
You can care for your dental implants as you would your natural teeth. Pay special attention to the health of your gum tissue by flossing at least once a day and visit Dr. Perlmutter for regular dental cleanings. Following good dental hygiene can keep your dental implants functioning correctly for decades.
If you have a missing tooth that needs replacement or questions about dental implant restorations, please contact our implant dentist today to schedule your appointment. Dr. Perlmutter serves patients in Oradell, Dumont, Bergenfield, Haworth, Paramus and Bergen County, New Jersey.