Dental Implants in Parsippany, NJ
Healthy and Lasting Tooth Replacement
At Rauchberg Dental Group, our board-certified periodontist and oral surgeon will surgically place your dental implants. When evaluating your smile, we use a dental 3D scanner to get a complete picture of the patient’s underlying bone and tissue. This state-of-the-art-technology shows a detailed, 3-dimensional cross section of the area being scanned. Along with standard X-rays, it provides necessary information for safe and efficient treatment planning. Receiving a CT scan is easy, quick, and comfortable. Patients stand, allowing for their natural posture and jaw positioning. We have performed over 1000 implants to this date!
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. They can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. A dental implant fuses with the bone due to the biocompatible properties of titanium and becomes an anchor for the replacement tooth. Implants can be used as a solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth. People considering implants often have removable, conventional dentures for lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. After their dental implant treatment, these same people experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably.
Benefits of Dental Implants
We recommend dental implants over other options because of these unique advantages:
- Longevity: Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper care, which is much longer than any other option.
- Health: Dental implants are the only replacement that stimulates your jawbone to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss.
- Diet: Unlike dentures, dental implants give you maximum biting power, allowing you to eat all of your favorite hard-to-chew foods.
- Comfort: Rooted in your jawbone, dental implants feel like your natural teeth, making them more comfortable than any other option.
Indications for Dental Implants
We use dental implants to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even entire smiles. The type of restoration that you need will directly depend on the number of teeth you’re missing.
Missing Single Tooth
For a single missing tooth, we will recommend an implant-retained crown. This dental crown will be custom-made to mimic your natural dental structure and mounted to your implant, seamlessly completing your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you’re missing multiple teeth consecutively, then you could benefit from an implant-retained dental bridge. This prosthetic literally “bridges” the gap in your smile and it’s supported by dental implants on either side for maximum biting power and stability.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, we can use an implant-retained denture to replace your whole smile. With an average of 4 strategically placed dental implants, we can anchor your dentures to your jawbone for a comfortable, stable, and functional full smile replacement.
Is Age an Issue?
It is common for older patients to express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is a larger determining factor than age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re most likely healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may make dental implant treatment inadvisable, but there may be other options to consider. Our dental experts will determine if you’re a candidate for implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often stunned by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of your dental implants can range based on numerous factors, which is why it’s hard to give an estimate without examining your mouth first. Our expert periodontist will thoroughly check your mouth before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes your cost. Factors like the number of teeth you’re missing, the condition of your oral health, and the type of restoration that you need will influence the price of your treatment. Our friendly team will work hard to ensure that your treatment is as quality and affordable as possible.
Dental Implants FAQs
As you read all this information about dental implants, are there questions that come to mind? Getting dental implants is a big deal. As a result, you need to make sure that you’re completely confident in your decision and know that it is the right solution for you. To help you in your determination, we’ve provided the answers to several common questions that we have received from our patients. If we have missed something, don’t wait to contact our office. We will be happy to discuss all that dental implants have to offer you!
Why is it important to maintain strength in my jaw bone?
Your jaw bone performs two functions: it supports your teeth and it forms your facial structure. Once a tooth is lost or extracted, this bone too starts to naturally lose density, and as a result your face can change shape and appear older. Also, the weakened jaw bone can fail to provide the proper support that your remaining healthy teeth need, potentially causing further tooth loss.
What preliminary work would I need to ensure dental implant success?
If you lack sufficient jaw bone before the placement procedure, it may not provide enough support for the implant. In such cases, we may be able to perform a bone graft to bolster the jaw bone and get it ready for the implant. We can discuss any preliminary procedures during your consultation with us.
How do I make sure my dental implants last?
In general, dental implants have a high success rate even long after they’ve been placed. In fact, ten years after placement, about 95 percent are still successful, but in order to prolong your implants’ lifespan, you need to take care of them. Luckily, you maintain your dental implants in the exact same way that you should your natural teeth, meaning that you need to brush and floss daily and visit our office every six months for checkups and cleanings. If you do these things, there’s no reason why your dental implants shouldn’t last for 30 or more years!
Even with dental implants, can I continue to use my removeable dentures?
Some prefer the convenience of having removeable dentures, but they still want the security and health benefits that dental implants provide. We can offer an option wherein you can snap your dentures into place, holding them firmly in position and yet allowing you to remove your dentures for cleaning. Just make sure to let us know your preferences, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants may be your best tooth replacement option if you are in good oral health and you have enough jaw bone to support the implant. At your consultation with us, our experts will review a 3D scan of your oral structures and determine your eligibility for the procedure. Our team knows how to set you up for success and enable you to enjoy all the benefits of dental implants.