Replacing Missing Teeth in Caldwell & Florham Park, NJ

Explore Your Tooth Replacement Options at NJCOS

Losing a tooth or several teeth can be tough. But Drs. Kirsch, Jacobs, and Zambetti at the NJ Center for Oral Surgery have you covered. Our skilled Caldwell and Florham Park, NJ, oral surgeons understand the importance of a beautiful, functional smile. We offer various solutions to replace missing teeth, restore confidence, and improve oral health.

Explore our tooth replacement solutions and schedule your tooth restoration consultation by calling our Caldwell office at 973-226-8444 and our Florham Park office at 973-261-8444

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Gaps in your smile can affect more than just your appearance. Missing teeth can:

  • Make it difficult to chew and eat properly
  • Cause speech problems
  • Lead to bone loss in your jaw, causing your face to look older

Tooth Replacement Options

A representation of a full denture for the entire lower jaw

Dentures

For those missing all or most of their teeth, dentures can provide a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution. Dentures are removable prosthetic teeth that fit snugly over your gums, restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile. 

There are two main types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of your natural teeth, while partial dentures are designed to fill in gaps left by missing teeth.

A visual of a permanent dental implant to replace missing teeth

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the most comfortable, permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. They form a strong foundation for your teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Implants support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized implant-supported dentures in place. 

Unlike bridges, no healthy teeth are damaged and the fixture can last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth can be attractive, stable, and comfortable for almost any patient.

Bridges

A dental bridge may be an appropriate solution for those missing one or more teeth. A bridge is a false tooth (or teeth) held in place by crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges improve your ability to chew and speak and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position. With proper care and regular check-ups, dental bridges can last 10 to 15 years.

The Advantages of Restoring Teeth With Dental Implants

Dental implants offer numerous advantages over other tooth replacement options:

  • Natural Look and Feel: Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement option to natural teeth.
  • Excellent Stability and Durability: Implants are anchored directly into the jawbone through osseointegration, preventing slipping or movement.
  • Preserve Remaining Jawbone: The implant post acts like a tooth root, stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss.
  • Long-Lasting Solution: With good oral hygiene, dental implants can potentially last a lifetime.
  • Normal Eating and Speaking Abilities: Implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods without pain and speak naturally.
  • Prevents Sunken Facial Appearance: By preserving the jawbone, implants help maintain your facial structure and youthful look.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Restoring your smile with natural-looking implants can boost your self-esteem.
  • Convenient and Low Maintenance: Unlike dentures, implants are permanent and don’t need to be removed for cleaning.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to replace missing teeth?

The timeline varies based on your chosen replacement method. Dental implants require surgery and healing time, which can take several months. Bridges and dentures are typically faster but require multiple appointments for impressions, fittings, and adjustments. Your dentist will explain the process and timeframe during your consultation.

Is it painful to replace missing teeth?

While some discomfort is expected, especially with dental implants, modern techniques and anesthetics help minimize pain. Your dentist will provide instructions for managing discomfort during the healing process, such as over-the-counter pain medication or cold compresses. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery.

Will my replacement teeth look natural?

With modern advanced materials and technologies, replacement teeth can look incredibly natural. Your dentist will carefully match the color, shape, and size of your replacement teeth to blend seamlessly with your remaining teeth for a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

How do I care for my replacement teeth?

Proper oral hygiene is essential for maintaining replacement teeth and keeping your mouth healthy. Your dentist will provide specific instructions, but general instructions include:

  • Brush and floss daily
  • Use specialized cleaning tools for implants or dentures
  • Avoid hard or sticky foods that could damage your replacements
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings

Regain Your Confidence With Dental Implants at NJCOS

At the NJ Center for Oral Surgery, Drs. Kirsch, Jacobs, and Zambetti are dedicated to helping you regain your smile and confidence. With our expertise and innovative techniques, you can enjoy the benefits of a complete, functional, and beautiful set of teeth. 

Schedule your consultation today by calling our Caldwell office at 973-226-8444 or our Florham Park office at 973-261-8444, and take the first step toward a brighter smile. We look forward to meeting new patients from Trenton, Montclair, and Elizabeth, NJ.

A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.