If you are interested in dental implants, Oral Surgery Group in Middlesex, NJ, offers dental implant consultations and procedures by our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement solution that allows patients to eat, speak, and smile as if their teeth were never missing. Dental implants extend beneath the gums to create a secure foundation for your crowns. Because they mimic the structure and function of natural teeth — which have roots to secure them in place — dental implants are stronger and longer lasting than any other tooth replacement option available.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is essentially a prosthetic tooth root designed to support a new crown or multi-tooth bridge. The implant is completely self-supporting, which means it requires no support from any adjacent teeth or structures. Each implant has three parts that all work together to form the final restoration. The implant post goes beneath the gums to replace your natural tooth’s root. An abutment piece will be attached to the implant after a brief healing period — this abutment eventually connects your implant post to your new replacement tooth or teeth. The final result once all the pieces are in place is a natural-looking, permanent replacement tooth that is just as strong, if not stronger than, your healthy natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits over some traditional tooth replacement options, which is why most dental professionals recommend implants as your first choice for replacing missing teeth. A few of the benefits of dental implants are
- Long-term replacement teeth (unlike dentures and other options that require replacement after several years of wear)
- A beautiful new smile
- Prevention of bone loss and dental shifting (preserving your dental health)
- Strong, functional teeth that allow you to eat whatever you want
Dental implants are a great option for most people who want to replace their missing teeth, but they may not be perfect for everyone. Patients must be healthy enough to undergo dental procedures to receive implants. Additionally, enough bone must be left beneath the gums to support a successful implant. If too much bone loss has occurred, you may still be able to receive implants after a bone grafting procedure.
Dental Implant Procedures in Middlesex, NJ
At Oral Surgery Group in Middlesex, NJ, your oral surgeon will make sure you are prepared and relaxed before your procedure. After administering the proper anesthesia, the surgeon will place the implants into the bone and suture the surgical sites to allow them to heal. Once they have healed fully, your general dentist will be able to place the final crown (replacement tooth), allowing you to eat the foods you love and smile with confidence once again.
To learn more about dental implant procedures, contact our office in Middlesex, NJ, or one of our other two locations for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to help you.