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By Signature Smiles, LLC
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are superior tooth replacements that last for years and years. At Signature Smiles in Toms River, NJ, Dr. Carmela LaFalce performs dental implant treatments including initial evaluation, placement, restoration, and aftercare. Enjoy your complete smile for life!

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial, or prosthetic, teeth. A single-tooth implant has a titanium root, surgically inserted into the jaw and a metal post and porcelain crown. In the case of extensive tooth loss, Dr. LaFalce may place two, four, or six implants to support a full or partial denture.

Dental implants adhere to the jaw bone. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and it is exclusive to implants. Other tooth replacements just rest on the gums. Because of osseointegration, implants chew, bite, and feel like real teeth.

What's the best way to take care of them?

Dental implants look just like natural teeth, and thankfully, routine oral hygiene habits are the best way to care for them. Implant patients must remove at least 85 percent of plaque and other biofilms every day to keep implant sites and surrounding teeth healthy.

Use a low-abrasion toothpaste, strand floss, and/or interproximal picks and mouth rinse as Dr. LaFalce advises. Get your six-month cleanings and check-ups at Signature Smiles, and very importantly, stop smoking. It increases your chances of implant infection and failure.

Additionally, treat all your teeth--both natural and dental implants--with respect. Don't use them to open bottles or chew excessively hard foods such as peanut brittle or caramel apples. Wear a bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth.

What to do if you damage your crown

Dental crowns, while durable, are not indestructible. If you crack or chip your dental implant, come to our Toms River office for repair or replacement. Dr. LaFalce offers CEREC same-day crowns, lifelike restorations crafted and placed in the office in just about an hour.

Find out more

Dental implant placement and restoration are just two of the many dental services we provide at Signature Smiles in Toms River. We look forward to seeing you again and providing for all your preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry needs. In the meantime, call Dr. Carmela LaFalce with any pressing concerns or questions you may have regarding your oral health:(732) 244-4114.


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

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