Dental Implants Specialists
Serving West Orange, Short Hills & Livingston, NJ Patients
We realize that having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can make even the most confident people feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their smiles. That is why the caring dentists of Northfield Dental Group offer individuals in West Orange, Livingston and Short Hills dental implant treatment.
If you have lost one tooth or a few teeth due to injury, tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, dental implants can help. They are a comfortable, durable and natural-looking way to improve the look of dental imperfections, so you can be proud of your smile.
Dental Implants, Explained
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root that the cosmetic dentist implants into the jaw, in place of the natural tooth root. The prosthetic root serves as a foundation, onto which Dr. Ivan Stein, Dr. Widmayer or Dr. Shapiro places a permanent tooth, porcelain crown, dental bridge or dentures.
Your dentist will review your oral health and cosmetic concerns before formulating a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs. This may involve replacing: a single missing tooth with one dental implant and a crown, several missing teeth with multiple implants and dental bridges, or all the teeth with dentures supported by multiple implants.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
• Beautiful Smile Aesthetics: Dental implants provide strong support for crowns and bridges, which typically are hard to distinguish from a natural healthy tooth or teeth.
• Non-removable: Dental implant supported crowns and bridges are considered permanent and generally function and feel like natural healthy teeth.
• Provide a Strong Bite: They are strong and can support normal chewing pressure. This enables patients to enjoy the foods they used to before they were missing teeth.
• Comfortable: Dental implants give rigid support and anchorage for crowns and bridges, so as not to put pressure on adjacent teeth or soft tissues (gums) in the mouth. As a result, the bridges they support should feel more comfortable and natural.
• Promote Oral Health (Short Term): Replacing missing teeth helps to prevent the neighboring natural teeth from becoming unstable and shifting to fill in the empty spaces. This can also help prevent an entire row of teeth from destabilizing and shifting.
• Promote Oral Health (Long Term): Dental implants help to stimulate the jawbone during eating like natural tooth roots do, helping to maintain bone volume in the jaws, along with jawbone density.
• Long-term Solution: With good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist, dental implants can last decades or even a lifetime.
Who Is an Appropriate Candidate for Dental Implants?
Almost anyone! If you have lost one or more teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or an injury, or if you have loose dentures, you might benefit from dental implant treatment with Northfield Dental Group. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend dental implants in order to:
- Replace one or more missing teeth, without affecting the surrounding teeth
- Act as a base for a porcelain crown, dental bridge or denture, further securing these fixtures
- Stop the existing teeth from drifting into the open spaces left by missing teeth
- Restore certain mouth functions, such as chewing and speaking
- Help restore or improve the look of overlying facial tissues
- Restore the look of your smile, so you no longer feel self-conscious about your dental imperfections
What the Dental Implant Procedure Entails
In general, the dental implant procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and a sedative can be provided, if needed. If you do not have a sufficient amount of jawbone in the upper back area of your mouth to support a dental implant securely, your dentist may perform a technique called “sinus augmentation,” which involves adding enough bone mass to your upper jaw to support the implant.
If you have any deformities in your jawbone, your dentist may fix them by performing “ridge augmentation,” which involves lifting the gum off the jawbone ridge to expose the deformities beneath. He can then use grafted or synthetic bone to fill in any jawbone abnormalities, rebuilding the ridge so it can properly support the implant.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Once they have been placed, dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Just like natural teeth, they can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Simply care for your implants as you would your natural teeth, following good oral hygiene practices and keeping all your check-up and cleaning appointments with Northfield Dental Group, so your dental implant specialist can monitor your oral health.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental implants are composed of a biocompatible titanium post or screw that acts as a tooth root placed in the jawbone. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. The post is attached to a crown, bridge or denture that is custom made to match your natural teeth.
Why is a Dental Implant Better Than Bridges or Dentures?
Since implants are placed in the jawbone, they are stronger and more reliable than bridges and dentures. Dental implants are not removable and will not shift around in your mouth like dentures. Implants also offer additional health benefits: they keep the jawbone stimulated to prevent the bone from shrinking and the facial structures from collapsing.
Does The Placement of Dental Implants Hurt?
Implants are placed during an oral surgery procedure, and anesthesia is administered so you will not feel any pain. There may be some associated discomfort and tenderness in the days following the procedure, but this is not typical and can usually be managed with the medications we may prescribe you or over-the-counter pain medications.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies, depending on the type and number of implants needed. For more specific pricing, please contact our office and request a consultation.
How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?
Implants are strong and durable, and unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. With the proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime.
If you are due for a routine appointment or would like to learn more about dental implants, call us today! To make an appointment with Dr. Stein, Dr. Widmayer or Dr. Shapiro, please contact Northfield Dental Group by calling (973) 736-0111 now.