If you have one or more missing or failing teeth, you may have trouble eating your favorite foods, or you might feel too embarrassed to smile or laugh. Missing one or more teeth can change the appearance of your face, result in a decline in your health, or even cause jawbone loss. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or all of them, dental implants are the ideal solution to missing teeth. These permanent tooth replacements not only restore your health, the esthetics of your smile and the function of your teeth, they also last for decades! Our team at Advanced Smile Dentistry has extensive experience in placing and restoring dental implants in Toms River, NJ … and we can help you achieve an improved quality of life with these lifelong restorations, too!
Dental implants are made up of three parts: a titanium or zirconium post that is implanted into your jawbone, an abutment that holds the prosthetic tooth in place, and a restoration that restores the function of your missing teeth. Because they secure into your jawbone, dental implants are versatile and long-lasting, able to replace any number of missing teeth. This solution does require an expert implant dentist, and Dr. David Basar uses state-of-the-art technology and advanced training to ensure the best dental implant results.
Dental implants can support a single tooth, a crown with multiple teeth, or a full arch dental replacement. You can even get implant supported removable dentures.
Single dental implants have a single post and abutment, and are meant to replace a single missing tooth. They are carefully crafted to match your existing teeth, so it will look completely natural.
Implants can also be used to support a bridge of multiple teeth. This can be a great way to get rid of troublesome bridges or painful gaps in your teeth.
Implant supported dentures are a good compromise between cost and efficiency. They are removable dentures that attach to posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Because they attach to your jaw, you have less jawbone recession than with traditional dentures, as well as less friction and increased biting power.
In full mouth dental replacement, a full arch of teeth is replaced. Your dentist inserts four or more posts into each arch, which is why these implants are often called All-on-4® dental implants. With full arch dental replacement, you can smile wide once again and eat an unlimited diet, all with no fear of jawbone recession!
It’s perfectly normal to have questions about the process of getting dental implants in Toms River, NJ. At your first exam, we’ll examine your teeth and find out your specific needs. We’ll also take a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan, as well as X-rays of your mouth and jaw, to determine how to place the dental implants. Depending on your mouth, this may involve bone grafts and/or tooth extractions, in addition to the implant placement.
On the day of your surgery, we’ll offer you oral sedation if you need it, to help your time in the chair pass easier. We use a DEKA SMART US20 CO2 surgical laser for our dental implant surgeries. This laser system provides fast, precise incisions with less recovery time and a lower risk of infection than traditional scalpels. You’ll leave with immediate temporary teeth on the day of your surgery, and you’ll get your final restorations within four to six months.
It’s common to have some pain and swelling after your dental implant surgery, but most of our patients are able to manage it with over-the-counter remedies like Extra Strength Tylenol. Once your dental implants are placed, they shouldn’t hurt at all; they will function like an extension of your natural teeth.
We find that most of our patients with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. If you’re generally in good health and have minimal jawbone loss, you’re most likely an ideal candidate for dental implant surgery. If you aren’t a good candidate, we can help make you one using procedures such as bone grafting.
Dental implant surgery generally takes 1-2 hours per post. For full mouth dental implants, you may spend 3 or more hours in surgery. Dr. Basar takes pride in his efficiency during dental implant procedures!
Recovering after getting full mouth dental implants can take four to six months. This recovery time is necessary to ensure that the posts are firmly attached to your jaw and that any swelling has gone completely down.
Dental implants provide several advantages over dentures and bridges. First of all, dental implants don’t require healthy teeth to attach to in order to support the restoration. All they need is proper jawbone density to remain healthy. In fact, if you have missing teeth, having implants placed can actually reduce the rate of jawbone loss! Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanently secured in your jawbone and act like artificial tooth roots. This restores 99% of your natural biting and chewing power. For this reason, implants are recommended solutions to tooth loss, and nearly all patients who visit Advanced Smile Dentistry are good candidates for dental implant surgery.
Along with the lasting advantages, dental implants also come with a higher initial cost than many other alternatives. However, this cost is matched by being the next closest thing to natural teeth. We cannot overstate the impact dental implants can have on your quality of life. This is why we do everything in our power to make your dental implant treatment in Toms River, NJ affordable. We’ll file your insurance claim on your behalf and connect you to a variety of financing companies that can help you break down the cost of dental implants into a more manageable amount. We make receiving dental implants from an experienced implant dentist in Toms River, NJ affordable!
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