03 Jun Dental Implants | All You Need to Know
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an artificial replacement for your tooth root(s). These implants take the shape of what looks like a screw and are secured directly into the jawbone. They allow you to live confidently and are the closest you can get to permanent, natural-looking, healthy teeth.
Parts of a Dental Implant:
The Crown is the tooth-like part of the implant that is typically made out of ceramic material to look as much like a natural tooth as possible.
The Connector, or the “abutment,” is what secures the crown to the implant base. The piece often takes on a hexagonal or octagonal shape.
The Base is a titanium screw-like piece that is actually implanted and fuses with the jawbone. It provides a stable and more permanent base for the crown & connector.
What to Expect
Dr. Moussa will give you a complete dental exam including, x-rays and/or 3D imaging, verify that you are a candidate for implants and then discuss your dental implant options. All while developing complete dental care and surgical plan, made for you.
Dental Implant Surgery:
During your first appointment the implants will be placed in the jawbone where the tooth (teeth) are absent. And local or IV anesthetic may be provided. Each patients circumstance is unique, so the recovery process and number of appointments will vary. Most people can return to work the next day and find that the recovery process and intensity of pain are better than they expected. As with any dental procedure, swelling, bruising, minor/bleeding, and or pain may occur. (can most likely be managed with over-the-counter pain medications, if more is needed this will be addressed by Dr. Moussa) You should expect to be on a soft food diet for the first couple weeks of the healing process.
Bone Integration (osseointegration)
The healing process varies patient to patient and may change based on the extensiveness of your procedure. When you are healing, a process called osseointegration will occur. This is the integration and growth of your jawbone and the base together. This process is why dental implants provide a long-lasting & strong foundation for your new teeth. Dr. Moussa may be able to place temporary teeth, if you choose.
Abutment & Artificial Teeth Replacement
In some cases, the abutment will be connected to the base at the same time, but this is up to Dr. Moussa (dentist professional). After your gums have healed, from the initial screw placement, molds will be taken of your mouth and your customized teeth will be designed.
Periodic Check-ups & Continued Care
Note, these teeth do not decay, but should be taken care of all the same. These habits will help preserve the color and aesthetic desired. Do not forget to schedule regular dental appointments with Dr. Moussa and the hygienists as usual. The whole process can take around 3 to 9 months but is completely worth it to have a smile you can be proud of!
Benefits of Dental Implants.
Did you know that?
Dental implants, well the ancient version, have been tracked all the way back to 600 AD, when shell (tooth-like pieces) were hammered into a Mayan woman’s jawbone.
- The Implant is not visible once placed; it looks all natural
- The titanium used is biocompatible and promotes bone integration (osseointegration), by fusing to the jawbone
- Directly supports the jaw shape & density
- Indirectly supports soft tissues like, gums, lips and cheeks
- Only dental method that preserves the natural bone, and actually promotes re-growth
- Most Importantly, they look and feel great! Get ready for a boost of confidence
Are You A Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have experienced tooth loss, are at risk for tooth loss, or currently have dentures (looking for a more permanent solution) you may be a candidate for dental implants. However, you must have a consultation with Dr Moussa before proceeding with surgical plans. There are some diseases and conditions that can affect your implants. You may not be a candidate for, but not limited, to the following reasons. If you currently have other medical issues like, diabetes, cancer, smoking, alcoholism or untreated gum disease.
About 3 million people in the United States already have dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 annually. Why don’t you join the revolution and “Rebuild Your Smile?”
Call Montclair Dental Spa at (973)-744-1527 for Your Consultation, or schedule an appointment on our website, www.montclairdentalsp.com