Tooth loss can impact both the appearance and health of your smile and make daily tasks like chewing uncomfortable.
If you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction, our team in Ridgewood, NJ, can rebuild your smile with dental implants.
So why should you consider dental implants?
Dental Implants Offer a Lasting and Stable Solution for Tooth Loss
Built to Last
Dental implants can last up to 40 years or longer when properly cared for. While you may need to replace your restoration, implants can provide a lifetime of benefits.
Improved Oral Health
Once teeth are lost, the jaw begins to shrink or atrophy. This process can cause additional oral health issues and make you look older. Dental implants are the only treatment which prevents jawbone atrophy after tooth loss.
A customized implant-supported restoration from Ridgewood Dental Associates, serving greater Bergen County, can offer a natural look, fit, and feel. Since implants act as artificial tooth roots, you can feel confident that your smile is healthy and stable.
Impressive Success Rates
Implants Are Versatile & Can Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
Multiple Missing TeethDental implants can also secure a dental bridge in place. Implant-supported bridges are a great solution for patients who are missing two or three adjacent teeth because they require no modification to your surrounding teeth, allowing you to keep your smile as healthy and whole as possible.
If you are missing one or both dental arches, our doctors can design implant-supported dentures that look and feel natural when you smile, speak, or chew. Unlike removable dentures, implant-retained dentures are fastened to your jaw bone at all times, eliminating the risk of slipping or clicking.
How Implants Are Engineered to Stop Bone Loss
The dentists of Ridgewood Dental Associates, serving greater Bergen County, trust dental implants above other methods of tooth replacement because they are the only treatment designed to stop bone loss. These titanium posts function just like tooth roots and begin fusing with your jaw bone immediately after surgery.
Without dental implants, the bone around the missing tooth would begin to recede. But dental implants help keep your jaw bone healthy and strong, preventing bone recession and prematurely aged facial features.
3 Important Requirements for Patients Considering Dental Implants
To determine whether you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture, our team will carefully evaluate your medical history and your overall health. For optimal results, we will address any underlying medical conditions before proceeding with your dental implant treatment. We may also request x-rays or 3-D scans for a detailed image of your jaw. These scans will help us to assess the structure of your smile and design a customized, comprehensive placement strategy. You may be a candidate for dental implants if you:
Need an Extraction
Severe decay, damage, or periodontal disease can result in the loss of one or more teeth. If an extraction is the only way to restore your smile, artificial teeth supported by implants can help you keep your bite healthy and strong.
Have Healthy Bone Tissue
Sufficient jawbone tissue is necessary to support dental implants. If your initial exams show that you have suffered bone loss, you will typically need to undergo a bone graft or sinus lift to prepare for implants.
Are In Good Overall HealthTo safely undergo oral surgery, you will need to be healthy. Smokers will be asked to stop smoking, as smoking increases the risk of implant failure. Diabetic patients will also need to have controlled glucose levels in order to heal properly.
We Offer Sedation Dentistry to Make Treatment More Comfortable
According to a study by the Dental Fears Research Clinic, 10 to 20 percent of adults struggle with severe dental anxiety.
But our team believes that your fear should not stand in the way of the dental care you need. In addition to providing a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area, we offer nitrous oxide sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation to help you achieve deep relaxation during treatment.
Both methods can benefit patients with anxiety or those undergoing a particularly lengthy procedure.
Dental Implants at Ridgewood Dental Associates
Dental implants can provide a secure base on which customized, natural-looking restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures can be placed. As a leader in dental implant surgery and placement, Ridgewood Dental Associates is proud to use state-of-the-art implant material and advanced techniques to help restore structure and function to your smile. These small, durable titanium posts are surgically embedded in the jawbone and designed to mimic tooth roots, preventing further bone atrophy at the site of a missing tooth. At our Bergen County practice in Ridgewood, NJ, we offer both traditional implants and All-on-4® to meet the unique needs of our patients and provide long-term dental solutions.
Understanding the Differences between Traditional and All-on-4 Dental Implants
Traditional dental implants are placed at the site of a missing tooth to replace the tooth root. The process of placing dental implants generally requires two separate procedures followed by the placement of your restoration. However, if you do not have sufficient bone tissue to support implants, you may require a preliminary bone graft treatment for optimal results.
The All-on-4 technique offers an alternative for patients who do not have sufficient bone tissue to support traditional implants or would prefer to avoid preliminary procedures like bone grafting. Using only four special implants, our team can place a full temporary denture in a single appointment. You will receive your permanent denture once your implants have fully fused with the bone tissue.
What to Expect from Implant Placement to Final Restoration
The full timeline for receiving implants can take about four to seven months.
Helpful Information About Dental Implants
If your smile has suffered from severe damage or decay, dental implants can dramatically improve your confidence and wellbeing. Dental implants provide numerous health and aesthetic benefits.
Oral Health Benefits
Missing or severely decayed teeth can be detrimental to your oral health as well as your overall health. Missing teeth can lead to widespread dental misalignment. In turn, this may result in an imbalanced bite, which can be a major contributor to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Meanwhile, severely decayed teeth can contribute to the development of gum disease, which can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. Gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Tooth extraction alone cannot fully restore the health of your smile. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone will begin to recede. Dental implants are the only treatment that can stop jaw recession following tooth loss. This is because the body perceives implants as tooth roots. This benefit not only helps you retain bone tissue, but also preserves the structure of your jaw and face. Dental implants also provide a strong, durable foundation for your prostheses to help you chew, eat, and speak normally. Once your implant-supported restorations are in place, you can care for them just like natural teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day.
If you feel self-conscious about an incomplete smile, dental implants can boost your confidence and provide you with an effective solution. Our team can create customized prostheses such as crowns, bridges, or dentures that look and feel natural to provide you with a beautiful, full smile.
These small, durable titanium posts are surgically embedded in the jawbone and designed to mimic tooth roots, preventing further bone atrophy at the site of a missing tooth.
High-Quality Care and Materials
At Ridgewood Dental Associates, our team is complete with a certified periodontist and prosthodontists, so we can address the roots of any underlying dental conditions before your procedure. We perform every step of treatment in-house to ensure the quality of your care from start to finish.
Our experienced team of dentists and prosthodontists have spent years placing and restoring dental implants and use only the highest quality material to provide patients with safe, effective, and long-lasting results. We are committed to using trusted brands such as Straumann®, Nobel Biocare®, and Zimmer Biomet. Our team will listen to your goals and concerns to recommend the appropriate type of implants.
Cost of Dental Implants
If you are ready to restore the health and beauty of your smile but are worried about the cost, we offer financing options through CareCredit® to make this vital procedure more affordable. Though the cost of dental implants varies depending upon the type of implant used and the necessary preliminary procedures, we can help to place the cost of treatment within your budget.