Implant dentistry is a great solution to fix decayed, missing, or broken teeth. Implants are simply a tooth root made of titanium that is placed inside the jawbone to hold a bridge or fake tooth in place. It works like a real tooth and root connection. If you have lost a tooth due to injury or have gum disease that has caused tooth loss, this is a wonderful option for you to gain back your teeth, fully restore your bite, and gain a complete smile makeover. At our dental office, we provide options for implant dentistry in Maple Shade, New Jersey.
Who Qualifies for this Procedure?
Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. It is best to consult with our dentist first about your options and see if your gum health and bone area inside your jaw will meet the right qualifications to make the outcome successful. The bone in your jaw must be able to support a prosthetic root and structure. However, if you have insufficient bone in your jaw, bone grafting can be an option to rebuild bone and support the implant. Bone grafting requires a discussion with your dentist to see if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Healthy gum tissue that is free of disease is the best environment for dental implants. Additionally, a normal and healthy oral environment is required. There are some medical conditions that can prevent you from getting this procedure. You will need to first undergo a consultation with Dr. Lee to see if you have any chronic issues or disease that can make implants an unsafe option for you.
How Many Teeth Can Implants Replace and Restore?
Implants can be used for a variety of situations when it comes to missing and lost teeth.
They can replace the following:
Single tooth – just one crown and implant can fully restore a missing tooth.
Several teeth – implant bridges can take the place of several teeth at once.
All Teeth – A full bridge or implant supported denture can be created to replace your entire mouth of teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The procedure for this dental restoration method in most cases can be done right here in our office. It is an outpatient procedure in most situations with local anesthesia. Sedative methods may be used for those who experience high levels of anxiety during dental procedures. These sedative options include nitrous oxide, pills, or intravenous sedation.
Implants are surgically placed in three stages:
1. First, the prosthetic root must be surgically placed inside the gum area where the old tooth resided. This titanium implant acts as the new tooth root so it can bond with the bone below the gum line. The bonding process will create a strong foundation for your new tooth.
2. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, Dr. Lee will then examine the area to see if the post/titanium root has adjusted successfully to the gum and bone area. If all is well, she will then place a post on top of the root called an abutment. Your gum and tissue will heal around this new post until it’s ready for the new fake tooth, otherwise known as the crown.
3. The crown is then placed on the abutment and adjusted to fit into place as a real tooth. The new crown will feel natural at this point and operate like any regular tooth in your mouth.
After surgery, it is imperative to take care of your new teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are required just like with regular teeth. Follow-up visits with your dentist are required to make sure your new tooth is operating well and the teeth and gums surrounding it are also healthy.
How Long Will it Last?
Your implanted teeth can last a very long time, in some cases even a lifetime, if you treat them well and take good care of your new smile. Most patients will experience success with Dr. Lee’s implant dentistry and will never need another restorative surgery. There are reconstruction options in cases where the implant needs to be repaired and restored. In rare cases, the teeth may need to be removed if they have not adjusted well to the oral environment. Sometimes this happens due to weak bone augmentation and poor integration. A replacement may be in order but may be delayed to allow healing time and bone adjustments. There are also grafting methods to strengthen the jawbone area to allow for a better and more successful result in future implant procedures.