Dental implants are an effective, long-term solution for people who need to replace missing or broken teeth. A dental implant permanently replaces the natural root of a tooth, serving as a strong foundation for the new crown. More than 5 million Americans each year opt for this simple procedure, which has been described by the American Dental Association as one of the biggest advances in dentistry in 40 years.
At Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (BOMS), we perform dental implant surgery every day. We have the experience and expertise to develop the best surgical and restorative approach for each patient—whether we’re performing single or multiple tooth implants or the revolutionary All-on-4® implant procedure.
A Simple Procedure with Long-Lasting, Beautiful Results
We begin with a thorough oral examination to evaluate the overall condition of your teeth, jaw and gums. Our team of oral surgeons will work with you and your dentist to develop a comprehensive step-by-step treatment plan designed for you. Patients with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, or who have had radiation therapy in the head/neck area, or who are heavy smokers are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
After surgery, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a model of your bite and the teeth surrounding the tooth or teeth to be replaced. The new crowns that will be permanently attached to your implant are made from this.
Most dental implant surgery is performed in our offices under local anesthesia. It can take an hour for a single implant or up to 3 – 4 hours for multiple teeth.
Your tooth’s natural root is surgically replaced by a titanium post that is connected to your jawbone. Once the surrounding bone tissue heals—a process known as osseointegration, in which the bone tissue grows around the implant—a small connector or abutment is added. The entire healing process can take from six to twelve weeks. During that time, a temporary crown can be put in place by your dentist.
Some patients have to wait several months before permanent crowns can be attached. Others can have the complete procedure done in one visit.
Patients of all ages who are in good health can benefit from dental implants in many ways.
- Appearance. They’re designed to blend with your own teeth, matching them in color, shape, size, and feel.
- Longevity. Because implants are surgically attached, they create a long-term, durable solution that, with proper dental care, can last a lifetime.
- Comfort. Removable dentures can slip and require new adhesive and adjustments each time they’re removed for cleaning. Once an implant is in place, it is as much a part of you as your original teeth. Many people find implants more comfortable and convenient than dentures.
- Confidence. Your new implant can restore self-esteem that may have diminished due to a missing tooth. It will improve your bite and your ability to eat your favorite foods without discomfort or fear of cracking a tooth. It can also improve your speech, which may have slurred due to a gap in your mouth.
- Health. As long as you maintain good oral care and see your dentist regularly, your new implant will ensure long-lasting good oral health. It will prevent neighboring teeth from loosening or your jaw bone from being re-absorbed due to missing teeth. Implants can also help preserve your facial structure and prevent bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
After the Surgery
The success rate of dental implants is extremely high at 98%. Most patients experience very little discomfort from the surgery, with only a mild soreness that can be treated with over-the-counter medications.
All of us at Bergen Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (BOMS) are here to help our patients navigate through the dental implant process to find the best approach for them. We’ll answer your questions and to give you the best care we can.
For more information on dental implant choices, contact us at one of our offices: Hackensack: 201.343.8297, West wood: 201.664.5656, or Ridgewood: 201.444.4137.
To learn more about “The Evolution of Dental Implants” read Dr. Steven Moss’ recent article recently published on US News & World Report.