More To Know About Dental Implants

Dental Implants
Posted on 01/21/2021
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Dental Implants

Federici Dental provides a wide variety of comprehensive general dentist care in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Our doctors and staff are here to help you achieve a healthy new smile, and we want our patients to understand all the treatment options available to them. That’s why we want to provide you some answers to common questions about what to expect with dental implants!

What Is Dental Implant Surgery?

Dental implant surgery involves implanting metal screw-like posts into the jawbone, which replace the tooth roots for any damaged or missing teeth. These dental implants function as artificial teeth that look like your real teeth. This is a great permanent alternative to dentures or bridgework and offers solid support for your new teeth. Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery performed in multiple steps, including:

  • Damaged tooth removal
  • Jawbone preparation (grafting), if needed
  • Dental implant placement
  • Bone growth and healing
  • Abutment placement
  • Artificial tooth placement

There is usually healing time between each procedure, but certain steps can sometimes be combined depending on your case. Even though dental implant surgery may involve several procedures, the surgery is usually minor and requires only local anesthesia. After the implant properly fuses to the jawbone, it will be topped with a lifelike crown that’s custom-made to match the existing natural teeth. The major benefit of implants is they have a high success rate and can last a lifetime.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants?

Your dentist will discuss various treatment options, but you may be a good candidate for dental implants if you have the following:

  • One or more missing teeth
  • A fully-grown jawbone
  • Proper bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
  • Healthy oral tissues
  • No underlying health conditions that will affect bone healing
  • Difficulty or are unable to wear dentures
  • Desire to improve your speech
  • Ability to commit several months to the process
  • Do not smoke tobacco 

Are There Any Risks Associated with Dental Implants?

Dental implant surgery can pose some health risks as with any procedure, but complications are rare, usually minor, and easily treated. Common risks include the following:

  • Swelling of your gums and face
  • Bruising of your skin and gums
  • Pain or infection at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding
  • Injury or damage to the surrounding teeth or blood vessels
  • Nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in your jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or chin
  • Sinus problems, if dental implants placed in the upper jaw extend into one of your sinus cavities

To prepare for surgery, your dentist may advise you to meet with several specialists, and you will have a thorough evaluation to prepare for the process, including a comprehensive dental exam, review of your medical history, and development of a treatment plan. Your doctors will discuss anesthesia options and make sure you feel comfortable with the procedure before surgery.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?

After surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while healing. You may also need pain medications or antibiotics, but if pain or swelling worsens please contact your oral surgeon.  To maintain your new dental work and prevent common dental problems you should remember to:

  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene. Floss at least once per day and brush twice per day, with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes to prevent tooth decay.
  • Schedule regular dental visits. Visit your dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning, and schedule regular follow-ups to check your implants are functioning properly.
  • Avoid certain foods. Avoid tobacco, caffeine, and hard items like ice or hard candy that can damage your teeth. You should also seek treatment if you grind or clench your teeth.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be sure to protect your long-term investment in your beautiful new smile!

Contact Us Today for Dental Implants in Manahawkin, NJ

Federici Dental is here to answer any questions about our comprehensive treatment options or any questions about dental implants and implant restoration in Manahawkin, NJ. You can contact us directly by phone or via email, or you can schedule an appointment by using our easy online form. We can’t wait to help you get started on your healthy new smile today!