Dental implant procedure to replace a missing tooth explained by Montville, NJ dentist
At Ferrari Dental, our top priority is helping our Montville, NJ area patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. That means preserving each patient’s natural teeth whenever possible, but sometimes traumatic injuries, decay, or periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. No matter what the cause, missing one or more teeth can have a negative impact on nearly every aspect of your smile – how it functions, its overall health, and how you feel about your appearance. Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that address all of these issues, restoring both your oral health and confidence.
The dental implant procedure
The dental implant treatment process typically takes place over the course of several months, but patients find it is well worth the wait when they are able to speak, eat, and smile again without even giving a second thought to their missing tooth. Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option because they very closely mimic a natural tooth’s structure and function. Just like a normal tooth has a visible part above the gumline (called the crown) and a root that firmly secures it in the jaw, a dental implant is surgically placed into your jaw bone where it acts like the tooth root and then we restore it with a natural-looking dental restoration such as a crown or a bridge.
Step 1: Consultation
Prior to undergoing dental implant placement, Dr. Jon Ferrari will perform an in-depth evaluation and consultation with you to determine whether it is the best option for your unique oral health needs, treatment preferences, and desired end results. Some patients may not have sufficient jaw bone structure after tooth loss to support an implant, in which case bone grafting or other tooth replacement options may be necessary. We will take detailed images of your tooth and bone structure and discuss your oral health and medical history to plan out your treatment.
Step 2: Implant placement
To place your dental implant, we will make a small incision in a precise location in your gums and then surgically place the implant into your jaw bone.
The part that takes the most time in the overall dental implant treatment process is precisely what makes implants function so well – the natural fusion of your jawbone with the implant. After the implant is placed, it will take several months to heal and integrate with your jawbone, forming one stable unit that will be a firm foundation for your new tooth.
Step 3: Placing the abutment
After your implant has healed, we perform a second surgical procedure to place a connecting piece called an abutment:
- First, we open the gums where the implant was placed to expose it
- We attach the abutment to the implant
- Then, we close your gums around the abutment, leaving the actual abutment exposed
Step 4: Restoration placement
The final step is placing your custom-made, natural-looking dental restoration on the implant by connecting it to the abutment. If you are replacing only one tooth, this is typically a porcelain dental crown, and patients who are replacing multiple teeth may have a bridge or denture placed.
To learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call Ferrari Dental in Montville, NJ today! (973) 314-8850