The dental implant procedure is performed to replace missing tooth roots with screw-like studs made from biocompatible metal. Dental implants help replace missing or damaged teeth with artificial teeth that look and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants are a viable option for patients with missing natural teeth looking for a more reliable and stable alternative to dentures or bridges.
What Are Dental Implants?
Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed inside the jawbone. They function as artificial tooth roots. After being placed, the titanium posts fuse with the bone, becoming a permanent part of the jaw. Thanks to this unique feature, implant-supported restorations are stable and do not slip out or move like fixed bridges or dentures.
Implants could be the ideal solution for you if:
- You have missing teeth.
- You have enough jawbone density.
- You want to preserve your jawbone after tooth loss.
- You are not suffering from any health condition which could impact bone healing.
- You are unable to use dentures.
- You want to improve your speaking and chewing abilities.
The Dental Implant Process
Implant surgery for dental implants is typically an outpatient procedure carried out in stages, with the healing process taking place between each procedure. The procedure includes a variety of specialists, like a maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontist specializing in treating the supporting structures of the teeth, like the gums and bones, and a prosthodontist who designs and creates implants.
The dental implant procedure includes the following stages:
Comprehensive Dental Examination
We will take dental X-rays or 3D pictures and models of your jaw and teeth to assess your candidacy for dental implants and plan your treatment.
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 plan considers things like the number of teeth that need to be replaced and the health of your jawbone.
The implant procedure may include:
- Removal of damaged teeth
- Preparation of the jawbone (grafting)
- Implant placement
- 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 anesthesia 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 schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and learn more about dental implants. You can contact our dentist in Flanders, NJ, at (973) 370-8917 or schedule your consultation online.