Dental Implants in East Brunswick & Marlboro
What is a dental implant?
Implant teeth consist of three parts: a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown. The post is the implant which is screwed into the jawbone below the gum line, and the crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. New Jersey Oral Surgeons Marten N. Ladman, DMD and Nick Levintov, DDS, MD place the implant and abutment, and your general dentist completes the final restoration.
“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”
For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that fuses with bone through a process called osseointegration. Titanium is biocompatible with living bone and has the unique ability to integrate with your jaw, providing a solid attachment for the new tooth, much like roots serve as an anchor for a natural tooth.
How quickly should a missing tooth be replaced?
Your jawbone is like a muscle, in that it must be regularly stimulated to maintain its volume. Therefore, when a tooth is extracted or falls out naturally, the jawbone begins to deteriorate almost immediately. In fact, studies show there is a 25% decrease in bone width within a year of tooth loss. The sooner you replace a missing tooth with an implant, the sooner it will be able to provide the stimulus the jaw needs. When a jawbone lacks adequate bone mass to support an implant, we perform a bone grafting procedure to bulk up your jaw. Simply put, having a dental implant placed right away greatly reduces the need for bone grafting.
How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants depends heavily on a variety of details about each individual patient’s case and treatment plan. The best way to get an accurate estimate of what your cost will be is by calling us to schedule a phone consultation. Our staff will happily and comprehensively answer your questions. Up front, dental implants appear to be much more costly than traditional teeth replacement methods, like dentures and bridges. However, dental implants last longer than any other teeth replacement option, and they are often more successful than other dental treatments as well. No other teeth replacement method provides the stability that results once an implant fuses with bone. This advantage makes dental implants the most valuable option long-term.
Dental Implants: The Process
Consultation and Treatment Plan
To get a clear picture of your current health, our doctors begin by gathering your medical and dental histories and necessary imaging of your jaw. During the initial consultation, we discuss your treatment options with you and form a plan that ensures that the treatment you choose meets your oral health goals.
We extract your tooth, if necessary, and occasionally, we place the implant at the same time of extraction.
If your jawbone lacks sufficient mass to accept an implant, we perform a bone graft to strengthen the target area. Typically, several months of healing is needed after bone grafting before we can place an implant.
Dental Implant Surgery
During the implant procedure, we insert a titanium screw into your jawbone. We administer anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable during the surgery, which takes about 1-2 hours.
After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it sit for 3 months to fuse with the bone.
After osseointegration is complete, we place an abutment on the implant which connects with the final crown restoration. Your general dentist places the final restoration
We use advanced technology and the latest techniques to ensure our patients experience safe, comfortable, and affordable dental implant placements. Please call our friendly team for more information. Get started on your journey to renewed health and a restored smile today!
Are you ready to start your dental journey?
- Use our online contact request form
- Call our Morganville office at Manalapan / Marlboro Office Phone Number (732) 972-0002
- Call our East Brunswick office at East Brunswick Office Phone Number (732) 613-0404