Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
November 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Get all of your burning questions regarding this tooth replacement answered!dental implants

Are you an adult dealing with tooth loss? Have you been weighing your tooth replacement options? Are you considering dental implants? Our Haworth, NJ, dentists understand how important it is to get the restoration that best fits your needs, which is why we are here to answer the most popular questions regarding dental implants.

Q. What are dental implants?

A. Implants are metal posts that are designed to replace your missing tooth’s roots. Implants are very small but durable and are often made from titanium since this metal is biocompatible, which means that it can safely handle the oral elements and the body won’t reject the restoration.

Q. How do implants work?

A. Since implants act like artificial tooth roots it’s necessary for them to be placed within the jawbone, where they will meld together with bone and tissue over several months. This naturally occurring process is called osseointegration and it’s the reason implants boast such a long life.

Q. Who is a good candidate for implants?

A. If you are an adult who is dealing with tooth loss then you could very well be a good candidate for implants but it’s important for our Haworth general dentists to perform a thorough evaluation to make sure that you are healthy enough for treatment.

Besides having a strong, healthy jawbone and a smile that is cavity and gum-disease free you should also have good general health. We will go through your medical history to ensure that you don’t have an uncontrolled or serious health problems that could impede your treatment or healing process.

Q. How long does the treatment process take?

A. How long it takes to get your entire implant will depend on several factors including how many implants are being replaced and what teeth they are replacing. Once implants are placed it can take up to 6 months for the metal post to completely fuse together with bone and tissue. It can take anywhere from 9 months to over one year to complete this process.

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement that is strong enough to last the rest of your life, if you care for your restoration and your oral health properly. Maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting us for routine exams every six months ensures that your implant lasts several decades.

If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are perfect for you then it’s time to schedule your implant consultation with us. Call Gentle Dentistry in Haworth, NJ, today.