Living with missing teeth can take a significant toll on your quality of life.
A missing tooth makes it awkward and uncomfortable to chew certain foods and may also affect your speech patterns. Your face can take on a sunken look, and worst of all, your confidence plummets because you know your appearance isn’t what it should be.
However, dental implants placed at our Audubon, NJ dental practice offer a permanent option for replacing missing teeth. Dr. John Savon and Dr. Sara Engleman are highly skilled and experienced at placing dental implants and can complete the entire process, from placement to restoration, right here at Train Station Dental. They utilize state-of-the-art 3-D cone beam imaging to ensure optimal placement of your implant for the best possible long-term outcome.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
An implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed surgically in your jaw. It acts as your natural tooth root would and allows for crowns, bridges, and dentures to remain fixed in place.
A dental implant is comprised of three pieces:
Dental Implant Post
The dental implant itself is a small titanium post that Dr. Savon and Dr. Engleman anchor securely in the bone and tissues of your jaw. As a biocompatible material, titanium integrates easily with surrounding bone and tissue and prevents rejection of the implant.
As the jawbone heals over the next several months, it fuses securely to the dental implant, similarly to that of the natural bond between the jawbone and tooth root.
Dental Implant Abutment
The abutment is a small connector piece that is attached to the implant post after healing and used to join the implant to the dental restoration. Abutments can be made of different materials, and Dr. Savon and Dr. Engleman will choose the best one for you based on your needs.
Dental Implant Restoration
The implant restoration is the part of the implant that restores function and appearance. Dental implants may be paired with different types of dental restorations like a crown, bridge, or denture to address your unique tooth replacement needs. During your initial consultation, Dr. Savon and Dr. Engleman will review all your options and help you decide which type of restoration is best for you.
Placing Your Dental Implant
There are many benefits to replacing teeth with dental implants:
- Improved esthetics
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved comfort when eating and speaking
- A solid foundation for tooth replacement
- Retention of the surrounding bone
Candidates for Dental Implants
You are a good candidate for a dental implant if you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth and would prefer the stability of a fixed restoration instead of a removable one.
Dr. Savon and Dr. Engleman will assess whether or not you are a good candidate for dental implants by thoroughly reviewing your medical history as well as analyzing your bone density and gingival architecture (the shape and health of your gums). In areas with insufficient bone density or quality, Dr. Savon and Dr. Engleman use their skills and expertise to place bone grafts that facilitate the placement of dental implants.
Please Call Train Station Dental
Would you like to learn more about dental implants? Please call our office, and we will be more than happy to arrange a complimentary consultation to talk about dental implants as well as our other tooth replacement options.