If you’re missing one permanent tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can restore your smile to its near original condition. What’s more, since implants fuse with your jawbone, they mimic the strength and durability of your natural teeth. At Howe Dental Associates in Passaic, New Jersey, Michael Weiner, DDS, regularly uses dental implants to restore his patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium or another durable metal. Dental implants aren’t bonded in place. Instead, they fuse with your jawbone. Typically, Dr. Weiner places one implant for every missing tooth.
Each dental implant features a metal attachment, called an abutment, that connects to a prosthetic tooth replacement. In addition to filling gaps in your smile, dental implants restore your chewing abilities and lower your risk of gum disease and bone decay.
If you’re healthy enough to undergo a routine dental procedure like an extraction, you’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. However, you should also have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implants in place.
If you smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, or you’re living with a chronic illness like high blood pressure or diabetes, share this information with Dr. Weiner as well. Although these factors won’t necessarily disqualify you from receiving dental implants, they can increase your risk of complications.
Getting dental implants typically takes between six months and one year and a series of three or more appointments. Though this may seem like an extended period of time, it’s important to remember that with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The first step for receiving dental implants is dental implant surgery. However, if you have gum disease or your jawbone isn’t healthy, Dr. Weiner might recommend osseous surgery or a bone graft operation first.
Osseous surgery is a type of oral surgery that involves Dr. Weiner removing or recontouring damaged bone around your remaining teeth. The process eliminates bacteria and helps your gum tissue better attach to your jawbone. A bone graft involves Dr. Weiner taking a bone from another part of your body, or using synthetic material, and surgically grafting it to your jaw. This process provides a stronger base for your implants.
Once your jaws are healthy enough to receive the implants — a process that can take anywhere between three and six months — Dr. Weiner administers a local anesthetic and places the implants in the socket of each missing tooth. You will wait another three to six months for your gums and jaw to heal before returning for your next appointment.
At this appointment, you receive an abutment or metal connector that extends the implant. You wait another week or two, until your gums heal, and return for your final appointment.
At your last appointment, Dr. Weiner takes impressions of your teeth. He uploads your impressions into the CEREC® milling machine and creates a series of custom crowns on-site. After finishing your custom crowns, Dr. Weiner administers local anesthesia and screws all of your replacement teeth on top of the abutments.
After placing your implants, Dr. Weiner provides you with a list of careful recovery instructions.
Don’t let one or more missing teeth negatively impact your confidence or self-esteem. Request your dental implants consultation by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.