Dental Implants Offer a Variety of Functional and Cosmetic Benefits
Dr. Chetan S. Patil is a specialist that offers dental implants at Periodontal Associates in Englewood, NJ, to provide patients with the ultimate restorative treatment for missing or severely damaged teeth. Dental implants can restore your smile’s function and appearance. Additionally, implants are the only type of restorative option that can prevent the initial bone loss observed when teeth are lost or extracted.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Patients missing all or some of their teeth may be candidates for dental implants. Dental implants are also an excellent replacement for patients who wear traditional dentures and find them uncomfortable or unstable. In order to have implants placed, the patient needs to have enough bone density in the jaw to support them. Patients may need to undergo a bone-grafting procedure to become eligible for dental implants. Patients should also be free from periodontal disease and any other oral health problems. If patients require periodontal care, it will need to be completed prior to dental implant treatment. Candidates for dental implants must be in good oral and overall health, be non-smokers or be willing to quit for a period of time before and after the procedure, and be willing to commit to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are screw-like titanium posts that are surgically embedded into your jaw to replace the structure of a missing tooth or teeth from the root to the crown. Implants fuse to your jawbone during the recovery period through a process called osseointegration and act as your natural teeth to stabilize the surrounding bone. An implant is not required for every missing tooth. Only four to six strategically placed implants are necessary, even for full dentures. This treatment, also referred to as “same-day” implants, is ideal for supporting a bridge or denture.
Implant Placement Procedure
You will begin the implant placement process with a consultation with Dr. Patil, who will communicate with all your physicians and general dentist in order to provide the best care possible. He will thoroughly examine your gums, jawbone, bite, and your overall oral health. He will use a 3-D scanner to analyze your mouth and jawbone in detail. If he finds any issues such as periodontal disease, he will recommend a preliminary procedure so you may become eligible for implants. If you are a candidate for implants, he will discuss the procedure and recovery process with you.
On the day your implants are placed, you will receive some form of sedation: local injection, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or intravenous (IV) sedation. The type of sedation you receive will depend on your individual needs. Dr. Patil will use a laser to create precise access points in your gums and will then place the implants along with an additive to stimulate bone growth. The osseointegration period will take three to six months. You may receive a temporary restoration to wear during this time.
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Risks and Benefits
There are some risks and side effects associated with the dental implant procedure. You may experience some bleeding, minimal pain, bruising, or swelling in the days following your procedure. This is normal and should subside within a few days. There is also risk of infection, damage to some of the remaining natural teeth, surrounding tissues, nerve, and blood vessels. Working with an experienced periodontist like Dr. Patil significantly lowers these risks.
The most significant benefit of dental implants is that because they act as your natural teeth, they actually improve your oral health. Dental implants are a permanent restoration, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle and discomfort of traditional restorations like dentures slipping out of place. Dental implants make practicing good oral hygiene easier because you care for them just as you would care for your natural teeth. Dental implants restore the function and appearance of your smile, which can make you more confident in social settings.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dental implants are the most highly recommended restoration solution we offer because of the benefits they provide. If you are interested in dental implants to replace missing teeth or a traditional restoration, contact us today to schedule your consultation.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.