By Carrie Polster, DMD
April 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants from Midland Park dentist, Dr. Carrie Polster, replace missing teeth for a natural-looking, incredibly stable smile. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that dentists place more than 5 million implants in the United States annually. So, what are the details on this popular dental treatment, and what are its benefits?Dental Implants

The Dental Implant Procedure

From root to crown, a dental implant is an artificial tooth comprised of 3 parts:

  1. a titanium cylinder or screw-like device surgically inserted into the patient's empty tooth socket
  2. a metal alloy extension post, or abutment
  3. a customized porcelain crown

Through an oral examination, medical history, and digital x-rays, Dr. Polster carefully evaluates a patient to see if their oral health, overall health, and jaw bone density are sufficiently robust to accept an implant device. With that determination made, your Midland dentist proceeds with the in-office dental implant treatment.

She places the implant into the jaw bone, and the patient returns home for several weeks of healing. During this time, the jaw bone grows around and attaches to the titanium screw through a process termed osseointegration.

Osseointegration practically guarantees retention of a dental implant because the device exercises and strengthens the jaw. In fact, these prosthetics boast a success rate of well over 90 percent, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

At a subsequent dental visit to Dr. Polster's office, the patient receives an extension post and a beautiful porcelain crown to finish his or her state of the art restoration. With good at-home brushing and flossing, healthy lifestyle habits (such as no smoking and a nutritious diet), the dental implant should function for the rest of the individual's life.

Benefits of Midland Park Dental Implants

Dental implants from Midland Park Top Dentist, Carrie Polster DMD, protect smiles by filling gaps caused by oral injury and tooth extractions. They foster jaw bone growth and look, feel and function just like real teeth. In addition, implants are very versatile. Dentists use them to replace one or more single teeth or to anchor fixed bridgework or full removable or fixed dentures. Best of all, dental implants are usually one-time fixes.

Learn More

What would you do to protect your smile? The answer may be as simple as getting a dental implant. For your own smile consultation, call Dr. Carrie Polster at (201) 444-5675.