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How Dental Implants Work – Parsippany, NJ

Expectations When Planning for a New Smile

An older woman wearing a lavender blouse and smiling after learning how dental implants in Parsippany will work to improve her smile

Knowing you want dental implants versus understanding how the process works are two totally different things. The idea of having a permanent restoration embedded into your jawbone, offering greater stability and functionality sounds wonderful, and it is, but there is a process you must first go through before you can begin enjoying your new smile. At Rauchberg Dental Group, we believe in providing our patients with all the necessary information needed to make a well-informed decision. Since it is ultimately up to you to decide if dental implants are how you wish to replace your missing teeth, we invite you to review the step-by-step process below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

A dentist explains the dental implant process to a female patient

The initial consultation is designed to allow our team to examine your oral cavity and facial structure as well as explain the process, determine your candidacy, and answer any questions you might have about the procedure. If you are deemed eligible to receive dental implants, we will capture impressions of your smile and send these images off to a dental lab where technicians will begin to craft your finalized restoration. If we find that our jawbone is not strong enough to support your implant and restoration, we may recommend that you undergo a bone graft or sinus lift first.

Dental Implant Surgery

An oral surgeon performing an implant placement on a patient

The day you arrive for dental implant placement, you will receive anesthesia to help keep you calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. Placing the appropriate number of implants along your arch, Dr. Zelig, our in-house endodontist, will make sure they are angled correctly within your jawbone before closing up the gum tissue around the implants and sending you home to recover for the next 3-6 months.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

An up-close digital image of a metal abutment going on over the titanium implant, which is being inserted into a vacated socket on the lower arch

Once you are at home, you will spend the next several months allowing osseointegration to occur. This process must be successful, as it requires the implants to properly fuse with your jawbone and surrounding tissues. Once this is complete, you will return to our office to have the metal abutments put into place. These metal appliances connect the implant to the final restoration. The gum tissue around the abutment will require a few weeks to heal before you enter the final phase of treatment.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations

A dental image of a cross-section piece of the lower arch that shows two healthy teeth and a dental implant situated between them

The final step in the dental implant process is receiving your final restoration. Whether it is a dental crown, implant bridge, or implant-retained denture, we will secure your artificial tooth to the top of your implant, allowing you to see a blended and seamless smile. The material used to create your restoration will blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth, making it virtually impossible for anyone to tell the difference.