Are you are living with a tooth that is compromised or already missing? At RT Dental, we understand the challenges you may be facing. Eating the foods you would typically enjoy becomes more difficult and sometimes even painful, and talking or smiling people can be embarrassing because of your failing tooth.
Dr. Richard Tom, your implant dentist in Nutley, has an excellent solution that can help you reclaim not only your smile but also your oral health. Dental implants can restore your tooth and help you feel confident about eating and smiling once again.
A Missing Tooth Impacts Your Oral and Overall Health
It is essential to consider replacing your tooth as soon as you can because a lost tooth negatively impacts your oral health. When your root is missing, your bone begins to deteriorate, which eliminates support for neighboring teeth.
If you don’t replace a missing tooth, your surrounding teeth begin to shift, which affects the alignment of your bite as well as speech, chewing efficiency, digestion, and overall appearance.
A dental implant in Nutley offers a solution that protects both your oral health and provides the look and feel of a natural tooth. It also provides longevity as an implant has the potential to last for a lifetime with regular dental checkups and good home care.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a successful and reliable treatment because it restores both your tooth and your root. A titanium post is placed into your jawbone during a surgical procedure, and then it is given a period of time to heal. This can take between three and six months.
During this time your implant fuses with your bone through a process called osseointegration, which occurs because your implant is made of biocompatible titanium. This creates a stable foundation, similar to your tooth root, which supports your new tooth and keeps your jawbone healthy and stimulated.
Once your implant has healed, Dr. Tom will restore your tooth with an abutment and a porcelain crown over it that is designed to closely mimic your lost tooth and provide all the function you had before. Dental implants are also able to support dental prosthetics such as a bridge or denture that allow patients with multiple missing teeth to take advantage of the benefits dental implants offer.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are considering dental implants to restore your smile, or if you would like to determine if dental implants are a good solution for you, Dr. Tom will perform a thorough examination and take x-rays to evaluate the health of your bone. If you decide to move forward with dental implants, he works closely with top specialists in the area who will place your implants. Dr. Tom will monitor your healing process and restore your tooth at RT Dental when your implant is ready.
Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tom and learn more about the benefits of dental implants.