If you need teeth replaced, our dentists at Roman Dental Arts can introduce you to several options. An option that is becoming more popular and requested is dental implants. These artificial teeth look and act more like natural teeth than other alternatives, which is why more patients are interested in them.
An implant is an artificial tooth that has three parts: the root, crown, and an abutment.
A titanium screw acts as the root of an implant that our dentists in Hackensack, NJ embed into the jawbone. Before approving an implant procedure for you, the dentists will evaluate your jaw to ensure that it is long and deep enough to support the implant.
If deterioration exists due to decay, then you may not get approval for implants near you. However, some people may be good candidates for bone grafts to add to the jaw so that it can support the artificial teeth. The graft may be a donor bone or grafting material that fuses with your jaw.
The abutment allows our dentists near you to attach the crown of the tooth to its root. During the surgery to embed the roots, the abutments may get attached as well. However, sometimes that is a separate surgery. So, instead of two surgeries for an implant, you would have three.
Healing or temporary abutments, also known as caps, help the gum tissue heal around each implant. Then before attaching the crown, the cap is replaced with a final, permanent abutment. Otherwise, the gum tissue heals over the screw and needs an opening to place the abutment.
The final piece of an implant is the crown. The crown is the top of the tooth that you chew food with and is visible when you speak, smile, or laugh. The dentist performing your implant procedure will order the crown a few weeks before placing it on your new tooth.
The average healing time for an implant procedure is six to nine months. After they have healed, you can go back to eating many of the foods you love. If you’re interested in getting dental implants in Hackensack, NJ to replace teeth that are missing or after extractions, visit our dentists at Roman Dental Arts to have an evaluation to find out if you qualify for them.