Dental Implants


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed in your jaw bone. It is one of the most effective solutions for people with unhealthy or missing teeth/tooth. Dental implants is the most common option for people who have missing teeth.

Dental implants are traditionally comprised of titanium anchors that are connected to the jawbone to support bridges, partials and dentures. Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox, DMD, in Swedesboro is one of the qualified professionals in the tristate area who can provide patients with all kinds of dental implants, including mini implants and Hybridge implants.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants offer many advantages to both your smile and oral health, including the following:

  • Eat the Foods You Want – Dental implants will allow you to enjoy foods that you may have been avoiding.
  • No Risk of Cavities – There is no risk of decaying or cavities since dental implants are not made of natural materials. Nonetheless, they require proper brushing etc., for them to remain healthy in the long-run.
  • Healthy, White Smile – Dental implants allow you to flaunt a white and healthy smile without hesitating. Since they look like your natural teeth, no one will know your secret.
  • Better Option than Dentures – Dental implants look, feel and act just like your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, they are more comfortable since they permanently fit in your mouth. They will not hinder your speech or slip in or out of your mouth, preventing embarrassing situations.
  • Cost-Effectiveness – Dental implants can last for a lifetime if you practice good oral hygiene. As a result, they are more cost-effective than other solutions.
  • Added Protection to Healthy Teeth – Dental implants do not require the reduction of your healthy tooth’s enamel layer. Therefore, your oral health will not be compromised.

What are the causes of missing teeth?

Negligence, genetics, gum disease, and accidents or injuries are some of the main causes of missing teeth/tooth. At times, teeth may get cracked or damaged causing pain and eventual tooth loss or tooth extraction.

Why do I have to get my missing teeth replaced?

It is important to get your missing tooth/teeth replaced as soon as possible. Tooth loss, though common, is not something that should be neglected. It does not only leave a gap, but may also cause other serious problems. Missing tooth/teeth can cause your jawbone to shrink and deteriorate. A deteriorating jawbone has a severe impact on your other teeth since they have more space to move in your mouth. This condition can cause tooth loss and must be treated quickly.

How is the procedure performed?

During your first visit, Dr. Fox will assess whether or not dental implants are the best solution for you. She may take digital x-rays and impressions of your teeth and jaw. Your medical records may also be necessary as conditions like diabetes can affect the success of this procedure. Once she determines that you are a good candidate for this procedure, she will further examine your bone structure and gums to understand your case better.

During the initial stages, a hole is created in your gum and a titanium post is implanted into your jawbone. A post is added for each missing tooth or for new teeth that may anchor a denture or a bridge. Since the implant root is placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth, the bone and tissue around the titanium post are given time to heal to ensure a more solid foundation.

Once the implants are secured, the dentist will attach a small connector post to the already implanted titanium post. That way, the artificial tooth, crown, bridge or denture can bond to the implant in a secure manner.

After that, a custom-made permanent crown will be attached to each post. If you prefer dentures, bridges or partials, they will be placed on the abutment. Rest assured that we will make the restorations match your natural teeth so that you can have an attractive smile.

If you think dental implants is the right solution for your missing teeth, let Dr. Elizabeth Fox and her staff assess your condition and carry out this procedure. Call now at (856) 457-3174 or visit us at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085 for more details.