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By Signature Smiles, LLC
July 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Your best smile depends on your oral health. Any smile gap compromises your speech, biting, chewing and gum and bone structure. At dental implantsSignature Smiles in Toms River, your dentist, Dr. Carmela LaFalce, can determine if you need dental implants and refer you to a periodontist to place the dental implant. Afterward, Dr. LeFalce can restore the implant with a dental crown to complete your restoration. They're today's most popular and effective tooth replacements.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant replaces a tooth lost to injury, decay, infection, or congenital abnormality and weakness such as peg-shaped incisor or small-sized second molar. Different from conventional bridges or dentures, this prosthetic stands in for the entire natural tooth--in other words, from root to crown.

To anchor the custom-fabricated crown of the single-tooth dental implant, the periodontist surgically inserts a titanium screw into the patient's jaw bone. This screw eventually functions as the implant's root and receives an extension post and tooth-shaped crown.

Amazingly, when the periodontist inserts the implant, the jaw bone starts bonding to it almost immediately. This bonding process is known as osseointegration. It takes months to accomplish but guarantees a secure, strong foundation for new tooth.

Can you receive a dental implant?

Millions of Americans have dental implants right now. The American College of Prosthodontists says that number increases by 500,000 new devices each year.

To determine if you and a dental implant are a match, Dr. LaFalce will consult with you about your smile goals, your dentition, and your overall health. 

This alveolar ridge, in which tooth roots lie, must be dense, wide, and high. If bone is lacking, she may recommend grafting treatments to build it up before proceeding with the dental implant process.

Finally, even if you have extensive tooth loss, you may be able to receive implants. They are also used to support bridgework and dentures for beautiful, well-functioning smiles which feel wonderfully natural.

Will you be able to take care of your new smile?

Dental implants have a high success and retention rate--upwards of 95 percent, reports the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Also, they develop far fewer complications than do conventional fixed bridges.

However, you must brush and floss carefully each and every day. Also, see Dr. LaFalce and her team at Signature Smiles for six-month hygienic cleanings and examinations to keep ahead of plaque and ensure that implant site is viable and healthy.

Additionally, avoid clenching and grinding your teeth. Of course, stop all tobacco usage. Cigarette smoke actually burns the tender tissues surrounding your implant and your natural teeth, too, leading to destructive gum disease.

Ready to learn more?

Then, call Dr. LaFalce at Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, to get all the details on innovative dental implants. Phone your dentist for an appointment at (732) 244-4114.


Carmela LaFalce, DMD
Dentist - Toms River
616 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753

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