Want a healthier smile?
Dental implants have come a long way in the last 40 years, according to the American Dental Association, and can help replace missing teeth. If you're interested, Dr. Sharon Verdinelli at Friendly Smiles can help provide you with what you need. All you need to do is pay her a visit at her office serving Mantua and West Deptford, NJ.
Dental implants are made up of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace your missing tooth root. The body doesn't reject titanium because it is biocompatible, creates stability and strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium fuses to your bones and reinforces your jaw.
Afterwards, the patient needs to come back to the office in Mantua and West Deptford so that they can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw, and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:
- Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place when you're speaking, or eating
- They can restore bite and chewing function
- Dental implants can last a lifetime
- Implants are used to anchor dentures
- A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
Taking care of your dental implants
Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush and floss your implant every day. Also, a change in diet is beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry.
If you have more questions about dental implants, call your Dr. Verdinelli in Mantua and West Deptford, NJ, at (856) 464-1141 today!