Dental Implants in New Jersey
Montclair Perio & Implant Specialists provide dental implants in Montclair & Succasunna, NJ. Contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth and can aid in the prevention of bone loss in the jaw.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that are placed in the jawbone. Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Once placed, the anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.
Implant Supported Bridges
An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.
What are the advantages of an implant supported bridge?
Because of the natural look and feel of the porcelain and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the gap where teeth are missing for support. An implant supported bridge uses two or more dental implants rather than the adjacent teeth. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the natural teeth must be prepped for crowns and are then subject to increased stress which may be damaging – particularly if the existing tooth, roots, or surrounding bone structure are already compromised. A dental implant supported bridge replaced your missing teeth and avoids putting any additional stress on your natural teeth.
Implant Supported Dentures
For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In order to replace a full arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jaw bone density being one of the most significant determining factors.
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
Why should I consider implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures?
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process can also help prevent future bone loss.
Full Arch with Only Four Implants
This procedure is a unique implant solution that allows patients with a completely edentulous (toothless) upper or lower arch to replace all of the teeth in that arch using only four implants as anchors.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Can dental implants be done in one day?
There are some types of dental implants that can be completed in one day, but traditional dental implants require more time. Even if you’re not a candidate for a same-day dental implant procedure, you will be provided a temporary restoration to close the gap in your smile while waiting for your permanent restoration.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
Dental implant surgery isn’t painful, as we use local anesthetic to numb the area where we’re working. As this begins to wear off in the hours after the procedure, discomfort will be managed with medications prescribed by Dr. Hartnett.
Can dental implants be done years after extraction?
Yes, many patients choose to get dental implants after years of wearing dentures or a bridge. When teeth have been missing for years, bone loss may have occurred in the jaw, which means it’s possible that you might need bone grafting prior to dental implant surgery.
Is a dental implant worth it?
Yes, dental implants are worth it—they are the only solution for missing teeth that fully addresses tooth loss because they replace both the root and the crown of the tooth. This prevents and even reverses bone loss in the jaw.
Do I need anesthesia for a dental implant?
You do need local anesthesia for a dental implant, but general anesthesia is not needed.
What happens if you don’t have enough bone for dental implants?
If you do not have sufficient bone density, you’ll need to have bone grafting to rebuild your jawbone prior to getting dental implants.
Can I replace dentures with implants?
Yes, if you currently have traditional dentures, they can be replaced with a permanent or snap-on denture that is supported by dental implants.
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