Dental Implants

Lee A. Ecker, DDS -  - Dentist

Dr. Lee A. Ecker and Associates

Lee A. Ecker, DDS

Dentist located in Denville, NJ

Dental Implants Specialist
For the past twenty years, Dr. Lee A. Ecker and Associates, have been working very closely with some of the finest specialists in the Denville, NJ, Randolph, NJ, and surrounding areas to provide our patients with the latest technology in implant dentistry. Before any treatment is performed, we feel that it is very important to consult with our patients to discuss the best implant procedure for them and to allay any fears or concerns about their treatment.

Dental Implants Q & A

by Lee A. Ecker, DDS

What are Dental Implants?

Restoring a missing tooth, anchoring dentures and overdentures, and securing bridges is all done by dental implants. The dental implant posts are fabricated from titanium, a biocompatible metal used because of it superior ability to fuse with bone effectively. The post acts as the “root” of the new artificial tooth. The post is fixed to the bone and a crown acts as the tooth itself by connecting to the top of the post. Implants are very natural-looking. The distinctive advantage of this option is that they stimulate the jawbone which helps it to maintain stability and strength. 

How Long Will a Dental Implant Last?

Dental implants are crafted to last a lifetime. With proper care, these devices should truly replace the missing tooth. It is vital to remember to care for the gum surrounding the crown and to keep it clean. This ensures that the implant and gum tissues remain healthy. It is important to continue exam and checkups at your dentist every 6 months for optimal dental care.

How Are Dental Implants Installed? 

Customarily, the implant process is a three-part procedure. During the initial visit, the post is planted into the jawbone. Several months are allowed to go by which allows the titanium post to fuse with the bone. This bond provides a very stable root and since it is stimulating the natural bone the soft tissues of the face and mouth continue to be intact. It also reduces bone loss associated with losing a tooth. During the second visit, the abutment will be secured to the post. A crown, bridge, or denture, whichever is employed, is connected to the post by this abutment. The artificial tooth is then made in a laboratory. An impression of the gap and the surrounding teeth is used to make the prosthetic tooth.

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