Thursday, May 15, 2014

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

If you’re missing teeth or are in need of an extraction due to disease, decay or injury, dental implants provide an attractive and long-lasting solution for filling the gaps in your smile. While there are other options for replacing missing teeth, bridges require alteration to adjacent teeth and dentures are not natural. Here, Dr. Dipika Shah uses dental implants to help you achieve a complete smile that you can be proud of.

The implant process can take between three to six months to complete, and the first step is to implant a titanium screw in the jawbone through an incision in your gums. This screw will serve as your replacement tooth root. Then the gums are sutured and the jawbone is left to heal around the implant. This process is called osseointegration, and while it takes place, you may receive a temporary crown for easier speaking and eating.

Once the jaw has healed, and abutment will be placed on top of the implant to serve as the foundation on which your permanent crown will be fixed. The tooth restoration is then custom made for your mouth and is either fixed or cemented in place so that you may enjoy a complete smile that looks and feels natural.

To schedule an appointment in Holmdel, NJ, call 732-264-8180. For more information, visit

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