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Improve Your Smile With Implants

How do you feel about your smile? Are you confident enough to flash it openly to the world, or do you think of it as something to be hidden behind closed lips or concealed behind your hand? Smiling makes you look younger and more attractive, boosts the mood of those around you, and can even improve your health by boosting stress-reducing chemicals in your brain. So what’s holding you back? If missing teeth are making you embarrassed about your smile, it may be time to consider dental implants.

Dental implants are one of many options for replacing a missing tooth, but they’re the best in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Especially if the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, a dental implant is the way to go. There are a few different ways that dentists use dental implants:

  • Single implant to replace a single tooth: An implant that replaces a single tooth looks like a screw or cylinder. This is placed in the jaw, and bonds with the jawbone to provide an anchor for a crown. The dentist then uses an abutment as an extension for the new tooth to be attached.
  • Supported removable dentures: Implant dentistry has advanced over the past 25 years, and one of the most important advancements is the development of miniature dental implants, which are used to stabilize dentures. In just one visit, in about an hour, with no cutting of the gums and no stitches, mini dental implants can be placed to support your dentures. There’s very little discomfort involved, and no long-term healing, but the results are impressive. In a procedure that’s benefited thousands of patients, your dentist will place these mini-implants into your jawbone, and then securely attach them to the base of your dentures. It’s a revolutionary solution to loose dentures, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile, comfortably and confidently.
  • Supported bridge: An implant-supported bridge is a great option if you have several teeth that need to be replaced. With a supported bridge, the bone is better preserved than it would be with a fixed bridge or removable partial dentures because it replaces some of the tooth roots that had deteriorated. Getting a supported bridge usually takes two trips to the dentist, during which time your dentist will numb and clean the surrounding teeth and reduce those teeth so that the crowns can be fitted. He or she will then make a mold or impression of the teeth for the creation of a customized permanent impression, which takes a week or two to be ready. The patient is then fitted with a temporary bridge until the permanent bridge is ready for placement, at which point the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one. After that, the bridge just needs to be adjusted for the proper bite and fit, then permanently bonded into the mouth.

At Glenwood Premier Dental, we believe that a healthy, confident smile is an important part of a happy and healthy lifestyle. Our staff of caring professionals is committed to offering a wide range of dental services, exceeding our patients’ expectations, and providing the best possible service. We offer dental exams and teeth cleanings, implant dentistry, Invisalign, laser dentistry, teeth whitening, veneers, and more, using state of the art technology in a comfortable and friendly environment. If you’re looking for dental care in Hazlet, contact us through our website or call 732.497.3265 for more information.