DENTAL PRACTICE in Clifton, Union & Bridgewater

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a popular and effective tooth replacement option for those who have missing teeth, decay, or other dental issues. A dental implant is a small, screw-like post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once the implant is securely in place, a dental crown or bridge is attached to replace the missing tooth or teeth.

One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is that they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures, dental implants don’t slip or move around in the mouth. This makes dental implants a great restorative option that feels like your natural teeth.

The dental implant procedure typically involves several steps. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the dental implant process:
  1. Evaluation: The first step in the dental implant process is a comprehensive evaluation by a dentist or oral surgeon. This evaluation will determine whether dental implants are a good option. If you are a good candidate for implants, the best type of implants will also be determined during your evaluation. Many patients may learn that they require a bone graft before the implantation process can begin.
  2. Implant placement: The implant placement is a surgical procedure that involves making a small incision in the gum tissue, and then drilling a small hole into the jawbone. The titanium post is then inserted into the hole and secured in place with a special screw. Dental implants require a certain amount of bone in the jaw to provide a stable foundation for the implant. However, in some cases, a patient may not have enough bone to support an implant. In these cases, a bone graft may be necessary to build up the jawbone and create a stable foundation for the implant.
  3. Healing period: After the implant is placed, there is a healing period of several months. During this time, the implant fuses with the jawbone. This process is essential for the implant to be stable enough to support the dental crown or bridge.
  4. Abutment placement: Once the implant has fused with the jawbone, a small connector post called an abutment is attached to the implant. This abutment serves as the foundation for the dental crown or bridge. Once the abutment is in place, an impression is taken to create a custom-made dental crown or bridge. The dental crown or bridge is designed to fit securely onto the abutment and blend in with the surrounding teeth. This restores the patient’s smile and improving their ability to chew and speak.
  5. Crown or bridge placement: The final step in the dental implant process is the placement of the dental crown or bridge. This is a custom-made restoration that is designed to match the patient’s natural teeth in shape, size, and color. The crown or bridge is attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant restoration.
  6. Follow-up care: After the dental implant process is complete, the patient will need to take good care of their implant. This includes brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Learn more about our tips for maintaining great dental hygiene here.
Overall, dental implants offer a long-lasting and reliable solution to tooth loss. Dental implants can can improve a patient’s oral health and overall quality of life. If you are interested in dental implants, talk to your dentist to see if they are right for you.