The dental implant procedure replaces tooth roots with screw-like studs made from metal. It replaces missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth that appear and function just like natural teeth. It is a viable option in cases where the absence of natural teeth roots isn't enough to create bridgework or denture replacements.
Why is it Done?
Implants are placed surgically inside the jawbone. They function as the root of the missing teeth. The titanium used in implants bonds with your jawbone and is not likely to slip or cause bone damage, such as in the case of fixed bridges or dentures.
Implants could be the ideal solution for you if:
- You have missing teeth.
- You have a jawbone with extra growth.
- You wish to maintain healthy dental tissues.
- You are not suffering from any health condition which could impact bone healing.
- You are unable to use dentures.
- You want to improve your lost phonetics.
Implant surgery for dental implants is typically an outpatient procedure carried out in stages, and with the healing process taking place between each procedure. The process includes a variety of specialists, like a maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist specializing in treating the teeth supporting structures, like the gums and bones, and a prosthodontist who designs and creates implants.
The dental implants require a thorough assessment like:
Comprehensive Dental Examination.
You may have dental X-rays or 3D pictures taken and models created of your jaw and teeth.
A Review of Your Health and Medical History
It's crucial to inform your dentist about medical conditions and medications you use, such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements. If you suffer from specific heart problems, your physician may recommend antibiotics before surgery to prevent infections.
The Treatment Plan
Tailored to your particular situation, the treatment procedure considers things like the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the health of your jawbone.
The implant process involves several stages, including:
- Removal of damaged teeth
- Preparation of the jawbone (grafting)
- Implant placement
- Growth of bones and healing process
- Abutment placement
- Artificial tooth placement
To reduce pain, we use local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation. Our dental team will provide you with instructions on drinking and eating before surgery, based on what type of anesthesia you're receiving. If you're receiving general or sedation, be prepared to have someone drive you home following the procedure and anticipate resting throughout the day.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Flanders, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call Dentist in Flanders NJ at (973) 370-8917 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.