Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth. The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots anchored in the gum or jawbone, on which replacement teeth are permanently secured.
With age, degeneration of every body part takes place. The only difference is the organ that starts to degenerate. But when it comes to dental loss, we all panic. Because there is nothing as good as natural health. However, what do we do about the events that we can’t control? What is the solution to losing your tooth or multiple teeth? Dental implants it is!
Dental implants are a long-term replacement for a missing tooth. They are titanium screws that are fused with the jawbone. The way dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition or strength of the jaw bone of the patient. Thus, dental implant surgery helps in getting the functions like chewing food, talking, etc. right along with a radiant smile.
Dental implants made of metal are used to fit into hollow places as a replacement for roots or bridges
In parts that may take as long as 6-8 months
Local or depending on the graveness of the situation
As the procedure takes place in parts, the recovery depends on each part
It is now D-day! Dental implant surgery or DIS as it is called is the procedure in which the titanium implants are inserted into the jawbone and the implants act as replacements for the natural teeth roots.
Unlike other surgeries, this surgery is done in 3 stages.
Stage 1: Osseointegration is the first step. The dentist opens the gum and places the implant in the jawbone and seals the gum. The titanium implants begin merging into the jawbone after fixation. This is called osseointegration. The recovery time of this procedure is 6 months.
Stage 2: Fixing of the support for holding the crown. The support post is called an abutment. The recovery of this procedure is 1-2 weeks. Then the dentist takes your teeth impressions to understand your bite and manufacture the artificial tooth accordingly. Meanwhile, the patient has worn a temporary crown.
Stage 3: After the recovery, the custom-made tooth is fitted on the abutment.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande advises on what care to be taken after each stage.
Many people are skeptical about getting implants over dentures or crowns. However, with time, dental implants have shown the following benefits:
They are comfortable and provide stability, unlike dentures. There have been instances where people complain of dentures falling out if given more force while eating or speaking. This does not apply to dental implants.
Increased chewing ability means you can enjoy more nutritious foods, contributing to your overall health & well-being.
Dental implants if placed properly can sustain for a lifetime, unlike dentures and bridges which need to be replaced over a period of time.
There are no special guidelines for cleaning your teeth after getting an implant. Once fully recovered, one can begin a regular oral health routine like brushing, flossing, etc.
They have more superior aesthetics when compared to dentures and boosts self-confidence, and allow you to speak with greater clarity.
Once you are at Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield, you have the best dentist at your service. The consultation for dental implants involves:
Oral Examination: The dentist examines the teeth and overall oral hygiene and tries to understand medical history. Then she checks the patient’s bone density at the point from which the tooth was extracted.
X-ray Examination: X-rays and CT scans are taken to understand how densely the roots are positioned and if there is enough space to insert an implant.
Treatment plans discussion: Once the dental checkup is done, the dentist discusses the approach of treating the issue. Both the parties then discuss various points regarding the procedure.
A person with good general & oral health can undergo this surgery.
A person must be a non-smoker.
The person should be ready to quit the consumption of tobacco.
A person must have an adequate bone density.
A person whose root canal treatment has failed.
A person who is not undergoing cancer treatment and has controlled diabetes or controlled periodontal (gum) disease.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande suggests a recovery period after every stage of surgery.
Phase 1 recovery: Once the implants are fixed into your jawbone, the recovery takes around 6-8 months depending on the individual and immunity. The patient is advised to follow certain instructions until the swelling recedes.
Phase 2 recovery: This recovery period is after the support is fixed on the implant. The support is called abutment. The period is around 1-3 weeks long.
Phase 3: After you get your custom-made crowns, they are put directly and there is no specific recovery period after that.
Although dental implant surgery has a huge success rate, it can have challenges or failures at times. Let’s see what could be the potential risks of undergoing this procedure.
There can be micro-movements of the implants.
One may develop an allergic reaction if the person is allergic to titanium alloy.
There can be infection either during surgery or because of poor oral hygiene later.
There can be gum recession which may cause constant inflammation and irritation in the operated area.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande takes care to prevent such risks. However if you experience any of the above conditions, consult the dentist immediately.
The cost of the procedure depends on the type of implant you are going to fit. Dr. Sonal Deshpande after a thorough study of the individual’s case suggests which implants to fit.
There are three types of costs incurred:
Cost of the implant
Cost of the crown
Cost of surgery
The cost of a custom-made crown is generally higher. The cost of surgery will also go higher because it is labor. Depending on the case, Dr. Sonal Deshpande will discuss and finalize the costs with you.
Because dental implants are a permanent solution & don’t need to be adjusted, refitted, or replaced, they are often more cost-effective in the long run than bridges or dentures. We understand that many patients have concerns about the cost of dental implants, & while the initial cost may seem high, having a permanent replacement for your teeth may ultimately mean you pay less for dental care in the future. Dental implants can help prevent future dental problems, especially the gradual bone loss in the jaw associated with missing teeth. Dental implants are a great investment in the long-term health of your smile. If you are interested in dental implants but have concerns about the cost, we encourage you to talk to us about your financial options.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.
If you are looking for dentists in North Plainfield, NJ, look no further than Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield for all of your dentistry needs. Whether you want a simple dental cleaning or you have a dental emergency, we are here to help. Contact us now.Request AppointmentCall us