If you are missing one or more teeth, you do not have to rely on an unstable or loose, removable restoration. Dr. Ryan Maher proudly offers dental implants at his Totowa, NJ, practice. Implants are considered the superior tooth replacement option because the posts actually restore your dental roots, providing a permanent and secure base for a custom-made restoration. At Perfect Smiles, LLC, you can undergo every step of your implant treatment under one roof. A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Maher has placed thousands of implants and can even perform preparatory bone grafts or sinus lifts to restore your candidacy for the procedure. Both he and Dr. Joe Olechowski provide durable, lifelike implant-supported restorations.
Implants can replace one or more teeth. They can even restore your entire dental arch if you currently wear dentures or have suffered extensive dental damage. In addition to suffering from missing teeth, you must meet certain requirements to qualify for implants. First, you must have overall good health. Gum disease may affect your ability to receive implants, since subsequent tissue recession can weaken the implant posts. Additionally, you may not be a candidate if you have a weak immune system or blood disorder. However, implant surgery is quite safe for the right patients.
Along with good health, you must have a strong jawbone to provide a stable base for the posts. If you have been missing teeth for some time and experienced bone recession, Dr. Maher can perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to build up your jaw.
The Dental Implants Procedure
With Dr. Maher’s expertise, implant surgery is typically a quick and stress-free process. He can position the posts in a secure manner that will also minimize the impact on your jaw. If you need help relaxing, he can provide nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation before surgery. Thanks to his great precision, most patients are comfortable with simple local anesthesia. The entire process will take anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the number of posts being placed.
A Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Maher has placed thousands of implants.
Implants are considered the superior tooth replacement option.
After placing the implants, Dr. Maher will close up the incisions in your gums. In most cases, he will provide a temporary restoration to wear while you are healing. Recovery will usually take between four and six months but any discomfort should fade within a few days. We will provide guidance to minimize inflammation and swelling during this time. During the healing process, osseointegration will occur, and your jawbone tissue will fuse with the implants. Once the posts have become permanent fixtures in your mouth, Dr. Maher or Dr. Olechowski will attach a crown, bridge, or denture.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many reasons that dental implants have quickly become the restorative treatment of choice:
- Secure: Because implants will replace your tooth roots, and not simply the crowns of your teeth, your restoration will never slip out of place. It will be much easier to eat and speak properly, and you should not have any dietary limitations.
- Long-lasting: Implants can last the rest of your life if you care for them properly. To protect the posts, be sure to brush and floss daily. You must also schedule your routine dental visits.
- Realistic: Unlike removable restorations, which require metal clips or a plastic base, an implant-supported prosthetic will sit right against your gums so it will be virtually identical to natural teeth.
- Improved oral health: Like your natural dental roots, implants will send regenerative signals to your jaw. By preventing bone recession, implants can guard against additional tooth loss.
It is important to note that implants have a higher up-front cost than traditional restorations. Nonetheless, over the years, they can save you a significant amount of money by preventing tooth loss and the need for other restorative care.
Restore Your Oral Health
To find out if implants are the right way to restore your smile, contact us online today. You can also call (973) 339-9711 and schedule a consultation.