Dental Implants in Livingston, NJ
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are natural-looking, permanent replacements for missing teeth. While many people refer to the entire replacement tooth as an implant, the actual implant is a titanium screw placed in the jaw to replace the missing tooth root. An abutment, a small metal fastener, is attached to the implant to attach it to a crown. The crown replaces the visible part of the missing tooth.
There are many advantages to dental implants. They are the only way to completely replace a missing tooth from the crown to the root, making it extremely secure and stable. Implants are made of titanium, a tough, biocompatible material that fuses with the jawbone to prevent deterioration (a common problem when teeth are missing). Finally, nothing else looks and feels as much like natural teeth. With dental implants, you can eat, speak, chew, and laugh comfortably, knowing your replacement teeth are the closest you can get to natural teeth.
Surgical Advances in Dental Implants
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Rothstein is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.
Dental implant placement is a team effort between a periodontist and a restorative dentist. Dr. Rothstein performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary. The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is one of the most crucial steps in getting dental implants and crowns. When the titanium screws are placed in the empty socket where a tooth root used to be, it will slowly go through osseointegration. This process helps form a permanent bond between the screw and the jawbone. Once fused, the implant will never get loose or shift.
When osseointegration is complete, Dr. Rothstein will expose the top of the implant and get it ready for the crown, which fits snugly in place over the abutment.
Are Dental Implants the Right Choice?
Dental implants are superior to other teeth replacement options such as dentures or bridges. The implants can last a lifetime. They perform like your natural teeth, absorbing bite pressure and stimulating the jawbone to prevent deterioration of the bone. Implants also provide the closest match to your natural teeth in strength and feel. Among the advantages of dental implants are:
- Natural appearance and feel
- Provides stability to the jawbone
- Dental implants do not slide around or shift like dentures
- Prevents bone loss
- Do not require extra care; brush and floss like your natural teeth
- Improved ability to eat and drink
- Convenient – no need to remove at night or use special cleaners
- Creates a beautiful smile
- Dental implants do not harm adjacent teeth
Are Dental Implants Used to Replace One Tooth or Several Teeth?
Dental implants are quite versatile. They can replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Whether you are missing a tooth that was damaged or knocked out, or you currently wear dentures in place of a complete row of missing teeth, dental implants provide a permanent solution.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?
Dentures can be a solution if you are missing all your teeth, but they have limitations. While dentures can give you back a normal appearance, they are prone to slipping and clicking. Many people do not enjoy wearing dentures because they can be uncomfortable if not fitted properly, particularly on the upper arch, where the denture material covers the roof of the mouth. You have to remove dentures at night and clean them using special cleansing solutions, which adds time and money to your routine.
Dental implants cost more upfront than dentures, but the cost balances out over a lifetime. To ensure a good fit, you have to replace your dentures every seven to ten years. Dentures wear out quickly and can be painful if chipped or damaged. Implants with crowns also help preserve the integrity of your jawbone, maintaining your facial contours and eliminating concerns about a weakened jaw.
Only you can determine whether dental implants or dentures are the right choice for you. A consultation with Dr. Rothstein can help you clarify the pros and cons of each option, so you make the right decision.
Dental Implants FAQ
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
It depends! We offer a variety of temporary options when the implant site is near the front of your mouth and visible. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and we use bridges and transitional implants to help you through the healing phase. And sometimes, we can attach the permanent teeth when we place the implants.
Do dental implants hurt?
No! You will receive anesthesia during surgery, so you will not feel a thing. You may experience some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off but nothing you can’t manage with over-the-counter medications.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
100%! Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, so you can eat all your favorite foods, smile, laugh, and speak without worry once again!
Will I need to miss work for dental implants?
It depends on your case, the implant site, your oral health, and the type of sedation you need. Plan to take a few days off work, but you may be ready to jump back into your regular daily routine within a few hours.
What are single-stage implants?
Single-stage implants require just one surgical procedure in which we place the implant and have no need to disrupt the surrounding soft tissue. We leave it as is for the attachment of the abutment.
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
We recommend implant-supported dentures as the ideal teeth replacement method for a full arch of missing teeth. Like dentures, this full-arch prosthesis is an excellent solution that attaches permanently to your jaw providing stability, security, and jaw health.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
There are very few risks when it comes to dental implants. We have been placing implants for decades, and ours have a success rate of 98%. Any risk is quite low and like those of all minor procedures: injury to neighboring teeth, infection, etc.
How long do dental implants last?
Thanks to today’s advanced technology and Dr. Rothstein’s experience and expertise, we place implants that last for decades. Give them proper care like you do your natural teeth, and you can expect them to last a lifetime.
When will I have my permanent teeth?
This depends on the details of your case. Every patient is different. We place permanent restorations anywhere from one to twelve months after implant surgery.
How do I care for my implants?
Implant teeth are as close as you can get to natural teeth, and care for them is no different. Brush twice and floss once daily, and you’re bound to enjoy your implants for a very long time.