What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is composed of three parts: a tiny titanium post, a metal ball on top of the post, and a rubber O-ring. The titanium post is surgically inserted into the jawbone, where it serves as the “root” of the missing tooth. The metal ball rests on top of the gumline. The artificial tooth is affixed to the ball in ball-and-socket fashion. The O-ring rests between the artificial tooth and the gums, acting as a cushion. The resulting apparatus holds artificial teeth securely in place.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because of the many benefits of implant dentistry, when appropriate, our experienced dentists and our in-house periodontist recommend them to our patients seeking a solution for missing teeth. With dental implants, you can eat, laugh, and speak with confidence and enjoy more of your favorite foods. Implant-supported restorations require minimal maintenance, since they are subject to less wear and tear. Implants also maintain the integrity of the jawbone and bite, since they do not rely on support from the surrounding teeth. If you would like more information on the benefits of dental implants, contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey today. We can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our dentists to discuss how you may benefit from this remarkable treatment.
Our Approach to Implant Dentistry
Whether you are seeking single-tooth or full-mouth restoration, you can expect top-notch, compassionate care by our team. We utilize a team approach to provide comprehensive implant dentistry services, short of implants surgery. Our dentists provide the initial diagnosis, fabrication of the implant, and placement of the artificial tooth (including overdentures). We refer patients needing placement surgery to an esteemed oral surgeon or aesthetic periodontist.
Dental Implants FAQs
In an effort to better educate patients on dental implants, our doctors have compiled a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to this state-of-the-art, cosmetic technique.
Q: What makes an ideal candidate for dental implants?
A: The ideal candidate is someone with strong jawbone density who is interested in a natural-looking solution for missing teeth or tooth replacement. However, different types of dental implants or teeth replacement options are available to accommodate each patient’s individual needs depending upon his or her gum health and jawbone strength.
Q: What does the procedure entail and how long does it take?
A: The procedure will generally be performed in different segments over several months depending on each patient’s healing process. Initially, a titanium rod is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone under local anesthesia. A temporary crown is then attached to the tip of the implant until the jawbone has had time to fuse with the rod. Once the rod and jawbone have bonded together, a small connector is fastened to the rod and the gums are allowed time to heal. When the gums have healed, a custom-made crown (colored and shaped for the most natural fit and appearance) is attached to the connector to provide the finishing touch.
Q: What is the recovery process like?
A: There is minimal recovery time and any soreness or discomfort between procedures can be alleviated with general pain medication. Patients are able to eat and drink immediately following the final procedure.
Q: Are dental implants permanent?
A: Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent and should never need to be replaced when taken care of.
Q: What kind of maintenance do they require?
A: Dental implants require no extra maintenance other than regular cleaning and flossing.
Q: Will anyone be able to notice that I have implants?
A: Dental implants are natural-looking and can be hard to distinguish from natural teeth. Because each implant is shaped, colored, and aligned to match the surrounding teeth, most people will not be able to notice.
Q: Will I have to avoid certain foods or liquids?
A: No foods or beverages need to be avoided. With a healthy cleaning regimen, you may eat and drink as you did prior to having an implant.
For more questions about dental implants, or information on other cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry procedures, please contact our practice practice to schedule a consultation or speak with our experienced staff today.