Dental implants are the best solution for simulating the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. They also help maintain your bone structure, provide the ability to chew healthy food, and give patients the confidence to smile proudly. With dental implants, existing teeth are protected as well by providing additional support and prevent tooth shifting.
Dental implants are titanium posts that integrate into the jaw to support tooth replacement. Success rates with dental implants are typically greater than 95% to 98% and, because they’re not subject to root canal or decay, they can remain functional for over 20 years.
Types of Dental Implants
When teeth can no longer be saved, dental implant therapy gives us the ability to restore appearance and function to the mouth at a level previously thought impossible. We offer the following types of dental implant restorations:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
The most common type of dental implant, a single tooth implant starts with a small biocompatible metal post that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. Once the implant and bone have fused, an abutment is attached to the implant, and then a crown is placed onto the abutment for a stable restoration that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Generally, the benefit of the implant crown over a natural tooth bridge is that they are not subject to cavities or root canal issues giving them much greater longevity.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant supported bridges are used when three or more adjacent teeth are missing. The two outermost missing teeth are replaced with dental implants; these implants are then used to anchor a porcelain bridge. Implant supported bridges are functional and esthetic, and typically last longer and feel more natural than traditional bridges.
Implant Supported Dentures
When many or all teeth are missing, implant supported dentures offer patients a more comfortable and natural alternative to traditional dentures. Assuming there is sufficient jaw bone density to support implants, a partial denture may be placed on a minimum of two implants, and a full arch on four or more. While traditional dentures use adhesive paste to attach an acrylic base to the gums, implant supported dentures are attached directly to your implants, so they don’t shift or slip throughout the day, allowing you to speak, eat, and smile without feeling self-conscious. These dentures may be fixed or removable (also called snap-on dentures).
All-on-4® or Teeth in a Day®
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures, including comfort and the prevention of jaw bone deterioration. This technique allows us to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth using as few as four dental implants as anchors to hold prosthetic teeth in place. With this innovative procedure, we can complete the entire dental implant process, from tooth extraction to implant placement and a complete set of non-removable teeth, in a single day.
The All-on-4® treatment concept is a unique implant solution that allows patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth to replace a full arch of teeth using only 4 implants as “anchors”. This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.Learn More About All-on-4®
Teeth in a Day
If you are a candidate, this innovative procedure allows you to transition from complete edentulism or failing teeth to a complete set of non-removable teeth held in place by dental implants- all in the span of one day.Learn More About Teeth in a Day
Dental Implants FAQ
How much do dental implants cost in Monmouth County?
The cost of a dental implant (including abutment and crown) in Monmouth County is between $3,800 and $5,500.00 Several factors determine the cost of a dental implant as the needs for each implant can vary significantly. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Most patients do not experience any pain during dental implant procedures and only report minimal discomfort afterward. The advantage of a long-term, predictable result is well-worth the investment.
Can dental implants be performed in 1 day?
Immediate load implants, or same-day implants, allow the placement of a temporary tooth during the same appointment as your dental implant placement. This is determined on an individual basis. This can range from a single tooth to a complete tooth replacement.
Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
Dental implants are made of titanium and are built to last for many years, or even a lifetime. Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, properly placed implants should function the same as teeth while feeling the same as a natural tooth.
Are dental implants safe for the young and seniors?
The youngest age for implants to be placed is when the facial growth is complete. This can range from 17 to 21 years old and can be assessed easily. Older individuals are ideal candidates for dental implant procedures. Senior patients who are medically stable are suitable candidates for dental implants, which facilitate oral function and improve quality of life.
What’s the difference between dentures and implants?
A dental implant is an artificial support that can be placed into your jaw to hold different tooth replacement options. Dental implants can hold crowns, bridges or dentures. So the dental implant can aid in retaining a removable denture to resist movement or can be used to hold the tooth replacement fixed in position. The quality of life achieved via dental implants to hold the denture is tremendously improved. Self-confidence and a great smile can be achieved.
Can I replace all of my missing or hopeless teeth with dental implants?
If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or a full denture retained by the implants can replace them.
If I am congenitally missing my lateral incisors, can I replace them with an implant?
In the right circumstance, the replacement of congenitally missing teeth with an implant can create aesthetic, long-lasting tooth replacement that will feel like your own tooth.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
A thorough dental and medical assessment are made to determine if you are a viable candidate for dental implants. This typically would need an in-office 3-D radiograph known as CBCT. A thorough consultation would then be given to give you the necessary information to proceed and alternative options as needed.
Can I have implants if I have been told I have low sinuses or other sinus issues?
A thorough dental and medical assessment are made to determine if you are a viable candidate for dental implants. This typically would need an in-office 3-D radiograph known as CBCT. At this time, the placement of implants in the sinus area is commonplace and typically is not an issue. Experience in performing these procedures is paramount to achieving success.
Can I have dental implants if I have lost a lot of bone in my jaw?
A thorough dental and medical assessment are made to determine if you are a viable candidate for dental implants. This typically would need an in-office 3-D radiograph known as CBCT. Where bone is compromised, we can routinely regrow missing bone in the appropriate circumstances.
Why can’t the Periodontist do both the placement of the dental implants and the caps that go with them?
As a Periodontist, we are the experts in proper treatment planning, management, and placement of the implant. The dentist is the expert when it comes to the fabrication of the teeth. This way, you get the optimum result from a Team effort.