Dental Implants for the Front Teeth
Losing a front tooth can be devastating. After all, your smile is one of the first things others notice about you. A gap can make you feel embarrassed or self-conscious. In addition, a missing tooth can have a negative impact on your oral health and function. Dental implants are widely regarded as the most natural-looking, longest-lasting replacement option available.
At Ridgewood Dental Associates, serving Ridgewood, NJ, and other areas of Bergen County, our doctors place and restore dental implants for the front teeth. Here, we explore candidacy and the treatment process in more detail.
Why Choose an Implant to Replace a Front Tooth?
One of the primary goals of a front tooth implant is that it is natural-looking and lifelike. It is important to consider the aesthetics of your smile and choose a replacement option that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
There are also plenty of other reasons to choose an implant over a dental bridge. First, all natural tooth structure is left intact. Conversely, when a dental bridge is placed, your dentist must remove a small portion of enamel on the adjacent teeth.
Second, implants replace tooth roots and actually mimic their function. As a result, restorative signals are transmitted to the brain, and in turn, essential nutrients are sent to the jawbone to keep it healthy. Implants also reduce the risk of future bone atrophy.
Third, dental bridges must typically be replaced eventually. They last an average of five to 15 years. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime when cared for properly.
Am I a Candidate?
To qualify for dental implants, individuals must be in good oral health. Any existing cavities or gum disease must be treated prior to receiving implants. Furthermore, you should not have any serious medical problems that could make surgery a risk.
Once you undergo dental implant treatment, you must be committed to proper care and maintenance. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene at home, you must also attend all follow-ups at our practice.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
The length of your treatment ultimately depends on your unique needs. On average, dental implant treatment takes about three to six months from start to finish. However, qualifying patients can undergo same-day dental implants and receive their implant and crown during the same appointment.
Will I Have to Go without a Front Tooth?
Absolutely not. We will make sure that you do not leave our office with a gap in your smile. Even if you are not eligible for same-day implants, we have many temporary restoration options available for you. Once your implant has healed, we will remove the temporary and attach a permanent crown into place.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
Have you recently lost a front tooth? Replacing it with a dental implant can restore your smile, confidence, and oral health. To learn more about this treatment option, schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact us online anytime or give us a call at (201) 652-2474.