Dental implants are used to replace natural teeth that are missing or damaged beyond repair. A single implant or multiple implants can be used to anchor a dental prosthesis that will restore function, health and beauty to your smile. This replacement option is the closest thing to natural teeth. Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry is a full-service dental implant office located in Morristown, NJ. Every step, from the initial consultation to the final restoration, will be completed in our office.
The process to get dental implants is in-depth and will take several steps to complete. It will be different for each patient and customized to their unique needs. The length of time it takes to complete the implant process is about three to six months. It may take a lot longer if you need to undergo a sinus lift augmentation, bone grafting, or dental treatment before the implants can be surgically placed.
The Dental Implant Process
Evaluation and Treatment Planning– A considerable amount of time will be spent evaluating and planning your treatment. Dr. Victor Gittleman will evaluate and analyze your medical history, teeth, gums, bone structure and the current state of your oral health. He uses a Cone Beam CT Scan (CBCT) to plan and place the implants. This will take the guesswork out of the process and minimize the damage to the nerves. Using 3-D images and digital impressions, Dr. Gittleman will create a model of your teeth and bite that will be used to determine the proper placement of your implants. With a clear image of your mouth, a concise treatment plan can be formulated guaranteeing the best possible outcome for your new teeth.
Surgical Procedure to Place Implants– The next step is the actual surgery where Dr. Gittleman will place the implants into your jaw bone. In a process called osseointegration, the bone cells fuse to the implants creating a strong bond. This is the longest part of the entire implant process. It will take some time for the bone and implants to properly fuse together. There are many different types and sizes of implants that can be used based on the number and location of your missing teeth. Either a healing abutment is attached to the implants and left exposed or a temporary dental restoration will be placed in the mouth during the healing period.
Attaching the Abutment– An abutment is a tiny metal piece that is connected to the implant post after it has fully fused with the surrounding bone. A minor surgery is needed to uncover the implants and the abutment will be screwed or cemented to them. The abutment will sit right at the gum line and support the dental prosthesis. If a healing abutment was used, then this second surgery is not necessary.
Attaching the New Dental Prosthesis– In the last step, Dr. Gittleman will connect the prosthesis to the implants. Your replacement teeth will look, feel, and function just like real teeth! Depending on the location and number of missing teeth you have, he will restore them with a dental crown, dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
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