Dental implants are the most natural permanent replacement available for missing teeth. They are designed to eliminate gaps and fit comfortably in place, requiring no filing down of neighboring teeth like other tooth replacement methods sometimes do. Implant dentistry in Totowa, New Jersey, involves the surgical placement of a dental implant, which is carefully capped with a natural-looking, personalized crown. Our dentist, Dr. Jerry M. Strauss, can perform implant dentistry procedures right here at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey.
Please contact our practice at 973-227-8998 with any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over dentures and other more traditional teeth replacement options. Benefits of dental implants can include:
- Typically permanent results
- Safety and predictability
- Improved chewing and speaking abilities
- Enjoyment of all the foods you love
- No slippage or movement along the gums
- No development of cavities
- No messy adhesives or pastes
- Results that both look and feel natural
- No reliance on adjacent healthy teeth for support
- No additional maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing is required
Arguably, one of the most important benefits of dental implants compared to other tooth replacement options is that implants help preserve the strength and integrity of the jawbone. When teeth fall out, the underlying jawbone no longer receives stimulation from chewing pressure or motion. As a result, it starts to deteriorate, which has long-reaching consequences. As the jawbone wastes away, the entire shape of the face can change. The facial structures collapse, and the face starts to look sunken, sad and aged. Any remaining teeth may loosen and fall out due to the weakened structures supporting them.
Because dental implant posts are placed in the jawbone, they provide the stimulation needed to preserve the health and integrity of the bone. (Note: dentures and other non-implant options do not reach the jawbone, so they cannot help protect it.) Implants help maintain a natural-looking face shape and a good bite. Implants do not rely on the surrounding teeth for strength or support, so those teeth stay healthy and strong.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients who turn to Dr. Strauss for dental implants will need to have a consultation to see if they are candidates for implant dentistry. All candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums, sufficient bone in the jaw to accommodate the dental implants and good oral health. Dr. Strauss will also analyze your dental and medical history, perform X-rays, and conduct a CT scan. A CT scan lets Dr. Strauss determine your jaw shape and bone density.
Once you are determined to be a candidate, Dr. Strauss will move on to discuss the types of dental implants available for implant dentistry. There are several types of dental implants, including root-form implants, sub-periosteal implants, plate-form implants, ramus-frame implants and transosseous implants. Dr. Strauss will help you decide which implant is best suited for you.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
Implant placement usually involves multiple visits to place the implant post and later mount a replacement tooth to the post. There may be additional follow-up visits to monitor the healing progress.
During the actual implant surgery, a strong titanium post will be placed under the gum in the area of the missing tooth. The post is designed to anchor itself to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. It takes a few months for the implant to fully attach so that Dr. Strauss can place a temporary crown on the implant during this period. Once the implant has firmly attached to the bone, much like a natural tooth root, Dr. Strauss will remove the temporary restoration and affix a permanent, custom-designed dental crown to the top of the post. After a final polish, the treatment is complete.
Replacing a Single Tooth
If the dental implant is replacing a single tooth, the post is placed in the jawbone, and a custom-crafted crown is attached to the top of the post. The crown is designed to look and function just like the surrounding natural teeth.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
Dental implants can also be used to replace clusters of multiple teeth, either with individual crowns or an implant-fixed bridge. An implant-fixed bridge is usually constructed with three artificial teeth; the two teeth on either end are attached to implant posts, and the tooth in the middle is not.
Replacing All of the Teeth
Implants are great for anchoring a prosthetic that replaces an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. Generally, four to six implant posts are placed throughout the jaw, and a full arch of teeth (i.e., a denture-like appliance) is attached to the tops of the posts. This appliance is extremely secure in the mouth and only removable by a dental professional.
Will the Results Look Natural?
The dental implant is placed utilizing sophisticated technology and very precise care in order to achieve a comfortable, natural fit. The customized dental crown that is placed on the implant is also designed to provide the most natural look and feel possible. The idea of dental implant treatment is to replace your missing tooth so successfully that you may not be able to distinguish it from your original teeth! Implants are extremely strong and durable. When placed by a reputable implant dentist and well cared for, implants can last indefinitely. Dr. Strauss encourages patients with implants to brush and floss around the implants daily and see us regularly for check-ups.
FAQ About Dental Implants
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implant cost depends on several factors, including:
- The number of teeth that need to be replaced
- Whether there is sufficient jawbone to retain the implants
- The number and type of implants used
To determine your specific needs and the associated fees, please call or email Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey today and request a consultation with our team.
Does dental insurance pay for dental implants?
It depends; some dental insurance providers cover implants while others do not. It is best to check your individual plan details to verify whether you are eligible for coverage.
How long does it take to place a dental implant?
The process of getting a single dental implant consists of three stages. First, the implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone in the space left by the missing tooth. Next, the post is left to heal and integrate with the jawbone. Finally, the top of the post is restored, or covered with an artificial tooth. It can take anywhere from a few months up to a year or more to complete the implant placement process. Complex cases requiring bone grafting or other adjunct procedures generally require more treatment time.
Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Thanks to anesthesia and sedation options, you will not feel any pain at the time of treatment. Your mouth will be numbed, and you may decide to take sedation medication to enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience.
How long do dental implants last?
Implants are built to last a very long time. In fact, a properly placed and well-cared-for implant can last the rest of your life.
Am I too old for dental implants?
Age is not as important as your oral health, overall health, and amount and quality of jawbone. As long as you are healthy, have sufficient jawbone to hold your implants and can commit to conscientious at-home oral hygiene practices, you are likely a suitable candidate.
How do I clean and care for my dental implant?
Dental implants can be cared for just like natural teeth. Brush your implant twice a day and floss daily. Do not bite down on hard objects like hard candy or pen caps. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, get a custom-fitted mouth guard from our dentist to protect your implant.
Can dental implants help me if I have full or partial dentures?
Yes, dental implants are a popular way to retain and support full or partial dentures. The denture appliance clips or snaps onto the top of the implant posts, giving the dentures more stability. Implant-supported dentures are less likely to shift or move around in the mouth than traditional removable dentures.
Will dental implants resemble natural-looking teeth?
The teeth mounted to the top of the implant posts should look extremely natural. The dental laboratory that we use to create our patients’ restorations will customize the implants to match your natural teeth in shape, size and shade.
Learn More About Dental Implants
If you have questions about dental implants or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.