Dental Implants in Highland Park, NJ
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
In previous years, the treatment options available for those with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Bridges require altering adjacent teeth near the missing tooth to support the bridge. Dentures, on the other hand, are the more practical solution for addressing multiple missing teeth but don’t protect against jawbone loss. At Zen Dental of Highland Park, Dr. Gu has the ideal solution for you — dental implants.
With dental implants, there’s no need to alter healthy adjacent teeth and they are the only tooth loss solution that reverses jawbone loss and stimulates regrowth. Implants can even address the needs of patients with any number of missing teeth. Dr. Gu proudly provides her years of expertise to Middlesex County, NJ as well as the surrounding areas. Read on to learn more about dental implants and how you can benefit from them.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a long-lasting and effective solution for patients seeking to replace missing or extracted teeth and other major dental issues. Implants are the ideal solution for patients because they act as replacement tooth roots. The implants fuse to a person’s jawbone, providing long-term support for artificial teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
When you choose to receive dental implants, you’re choosing to have a wide variety of benefits including:
- Maintains facial shape
- Customized for you
- Restores jawbone density
- Restores speaking and eating ability
Dental Implant Process
The entire implant process takes place in different stages. It starts with your initial consultation where we’ll examine your oral condition, review your medical history, take X-rays to determine your jawbone density, and perform any necessary dental treatments. If we determine dental implants are the right solution for you, we’ll create your customized personalized treatment plan.
One of our dentists then proceeds with placing the implants on your jaw. This is a minor surgical procedure that involves making an incision in your gums. We’ll drill a hole into the bone where we’ll place the dental implant metal root. If necessary, your dentist may place multiple implants at once. After placing the implants, we suture the gums to aid the healing process. We can also provide you with a temporary crown as you heal.
After the implant placement, you’ll leave our office to start the osseointegration process. During this process, the jawbone fuses with the surface of the dental implant to create a solid base for your new artificial tooth. It can take three to six months to heal before proceeding with the next steps. This is what gives dental implants their unmatched durability and permanence. Once the post fully infuses with your jaw, you’ll never have to worry about it falling out.
Completing the Restoration
Once you’ve healed, you‘ll come back to our Highland Park office to finish the restoration. Your dentist will place an abutment on the implant. This is the place where the dental crown will attach to and serve as the base for your new tooth.
After placing the abutment, we’ll take an impression to create a permanent restoration. Once that’s done, we send your impression to a state-of-the-art dental lab that will work on fabricating your custom crown. It’ll take around two weeks to create the crown before we receive it. You’ll come back to our office where we’ll attach the restoration permanently to your mouth. You’ll then leave our office with a brand new, natural-looking smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients looking to restore one or more missing teeth. When you visit our office, your dentist will evaluate the factors. The ideal candidate should have:
- Good overall health
- Good jawbone density
- Healthy gums
Depending on your situation, it may be possible to become eligible for a dental implant by improving your oral health or undergoing a supplemental procedure to increase jawbone density.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants can last for a lifetime when you practice good oral hygiene. To ensure its longevity, Dr. Gu recommends following these instructions:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss daily
- Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash
- Rinse your mouth in between meals
- Visit Dr. Gu biannually for checkups and professional dental cleanings
Receive a New Smile with Dr. Gu
At Zen Dental of Highland Park, we take pride in our high success rate for dental implant treatments. With dental implants, we can replace missing one or more teeth to restore your smile to its optimal health, function, and appearance. To learn if you qualify for dental implants, call our Highland Park office at (732) 777-9077 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.
You can also request an appointment online and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. We’re proud to provide services to patients in Highland Park and the surrounding areas including Bound Brook, Metuchen, North Brunswick Township, and many more locations. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Want to learn more about Highland Park Dental Implants?
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