Are you ready to find out what dental implants can do for your incomplete smile?
Tooth loss may happen to you, but it doesn’t have to define you. Today, advanced technology and revolutionary dental procedures make it possible for our Edison, NJ, dentists to provide dental implants, which are truly the next best thing to a real tooth. This artificial tooth root is placed into the jawbone where it supports a beautiful restoration that looks just like the rest of your teeth.
When you come into our Edison, NJ, practice for a consultation, there are many factors that our dental team will need to take into consideration to determine whether or not dental implants are the best tooth replacement for you. Some of these factors include:
Since implants require surgery, we will need to make sure that your health is in tip-top shape. This means going through your medical history, finding out what medications you are taking and whether or not you are living with any chronic illnesses. In some cases, you may require a medical release from your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo implant surgery.
The dental team will also take X-rays to make sure your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants. After all, bone loss occurs after losing a tooth, and if the jawbone loses enough density it may not be able to fully support this artificial tooth. Bone grafting can be performed beforehand to rebuild and strengthen the jawbone if you do decide you want to get implants.
We will also need to evaluate your oral health, as well as your general health to make sure that you aren’t dealing with gum disease or active decay that requires our immediate attention. After all, untreated gum disease can increase your risk for a bone infection, which can cause an implant to fail. This is why it’s important that your smile is in the best of health before getting a dental implant.
Smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and pregnancy are also factors that we will need to take into account. The good news is that you can quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption in order to improve your chances of getting implants. Women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant should wait until after childbirth to consider implants.
Are you ready to take the next steps toward getting a full, confident smile by turning to our Edison, NJ, team for dental implants? If so, then call Frechtman Family Dental today at (732) 548-8600 to schedule a consultation.
When dental implants hit the scene in the 1980s, they revolutionized the field of dental restorations. But as groundbreaking as they were then, they're even more advanced now.
Some of the advancements have to do with improvements in implant design and manufacturing. Implant sizes and shapes were once quite limited, but today they come in a variety of forms to better match the types of teeth they replace.
But there has also been important progress in complementary technologies that help us realize better outcomes. Many of these other advances have had a positive impact on the planning and surgical stages of implant installation.
CT/CBCT scanning. For the best outcome, it's critical to install an implant at the most appropriate location on the jaw. This can be difficult to determine, however, because of the location of oral and facial structures like nerves or sinuses that might interfere with implant placement. But using a type of computer tomography (CT) scanning called cone beam CT, we can produce a 3-D computer graphic image that helps us navigate possible obstructions as we pinpoint the ideal location for an implant.
Digital smile displays. We're now able to produce digital models of the mouth, which can assist with more than implant placement—we can also use them to visualize what a new smile with implants will look like before we install them. This is especially helpful in situations where only a few teeth need to be replaced: We want to ensure that the new implant crowns blend seamlessly with the remaining teeth for the most natural appearance.
Custom-made surgical guides. We've been using surgical guides to mark the exact drilling locations during implant surgery for many years. But 3-D printing technology can now help us produce surgical guides that are even more useful and precise. Using a 3-D printer, we can produce oral devices based on the patient's individual dental dimensions captured through digital scanning. That produces a better fit for the guide on the teeth and more accurate implant placement.
Together, these and other technological advances are helping us achieve even more successful results. Not only can they help us produce implant outcomes that can last for years or even decades, but also the most beautiful smiles possible.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Technology Aids Dental Implant Therapy.”
A beautiful smile makes you feel more confident and attractive, but it's hard to feel confident when you have broken or missing teeth. Fortunately, dental implants drastically improve your appearance. Dr. Saul Frechtman and Dr. David Frechtman at Frechtman Family Dental provide a wide array of dentistry services, including dental implants. If you are interested in dental implants and live in Edison, schedule an appointment with our experienced dentists. Keep reading to learn about dental implants and osseointegration.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are shaped like screws. They are a permanent anchor for artificial teeth. Dental implants are ideal for patients with teeth that are broken or crooked. They're a smart choice for people who have gaps in the teeth or missing teeth as well. Shaped like screws, dental implants can help you gain more confidence in your appearance. They also improve your ability to chew and pronounce words.
What is Osseointegration?
When you receive dental implants, your dentist places them within the tooth sockets in your jawbone. Over time, the dental implants fuse with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration. It results in a permanent foundation for artificial teeth.
Placing the Abutment
After osseointegration, your dentist places an abutment. The abutment is the piece that connects to your artificial tooth. You need to heal for about two weeks before the dentist places the artificial tooth onto the abutment.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. You can extend the life of your dental implants by:
Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? Do you live in Edison? Dr. Saul Frechtman and Dr. David Frechtman at Frechtman Family Dental can help you gain self-confidence and a beautiful smile. Get started by scheduling your appointment today at 732-548-8600.
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
Do you have smile gaps? Are you concerned about your appearance and about your oral health? At Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, NJ, Dr. Saul Frechtman and Dr. David Frechtman use dental implants to bring smiles back to natural form and function. They could be the right tooth replacements for you.
Dental implants and their benefits
A dental implant is an artificial tooth. Made of a titanium screw, metal abutment post, and porcelain crown, a single implant replaces a missing tooth from roots to crown. The titanium fuses right to the jaw through a process known as osseointegration, making the bond between implant screw and bone virtually inseparable.
To qualify for dental implants, you must have enough quality bone in your jaw. A firm foundation, this bone literally wraps around the implant, enabling it to withstand the pressures posed by biting and chewing. Accordingly, dental implants avoid the bone degradation common to tooth loss.
Besides improving your bone, implants:
Can you qualify?
Sure, you can if you are in good overall health and have sufficient quality bone in the alveolar ridge of your jaw bone. Dr. Frechtman will examine your teeth and gums, review your health history and take some three-dimensional scans of your jaw bone. If all looks well, you can have the dental implant surgery right at our Edison, NJ, dental office.
Find out more
A friendly dental implant consultation will give you all the details you need. Contact Dr. Saul Frechtman or Dr. David Frechtman at Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, NJ. We look forward to helping you achieve a wonderful smile. Call us at (732) 548-8600.