Do you find yourself trying to hide your smile due to crooked or missing teeth? Is this condition affecting your self-esteem, love life, speech, or eating habits? If so, learn how easily your condition can be corrected through dental implant!
Dental implants represent perhaps the most dramatic advance in modern dentistry the world has ever seen. As a result, every year tens of thousands of people elect to undergo implant dentistry to recapture beautiful smiles, rediscover lost social lives, and to feel better about themselves.
Are you a potential candidate for dental implants? You may be if you’re looking to improve your appearance and self esteem, improve your speech, or enjoy eating certain types of food again. Let Dr. Ronen Rotem, a leading New Jersey cosmetic dentist, answer your questions regarding exactly what dental implant surgery is and how it can dramatically change your life for the better!
Common Questions regarding Dental Implant:
- What are Dental Implants? — Learn about the placement and makeup of a dental implant.
- Why do I need Dental Implants? — Find out if you're a candidate for dental implants.
- How does Dental Implants Work? — Outline of the different ways by which dental implants can improve your smile.
- What exactly does the Implant procedure involve? — Detailed description of dental implant surgery.
- FAQ — Get answers to more frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum, within the jawbone). It is the root that actually holds the natural tooth in place.
When a person is missing a tooth, the dentist must decide how to re-create the crown portion, and the best method to hold it in place. Dental implants were created for this purpose.
Dental implants involve the use of metallic cylinders that are placed into the jawbone where original teeth once existed. These root-like cylinders are used to secure a replacement tooth. Dental implants can also be used to secure existing loose teeth in place by being installed alongside the loose teeth and anchoring to them with splinted crowns. Using this procedure, Dr. Ronen Rotem, a leading New Jersey cosmetic dentist, can assure his patients that their loose teeth will function better and last longer in their mouths.
Dental implants are made of various biomaterials. Most commonly, a surgical metal called titanium is used because it is the most compatible with human biology. Dr. Rotem will surgically place the dental implants in the jawbone right in his office using a local anesthetic. Approved and tested implant dentistry systems used by Dr. Rotem are very successful. In fact, some have lasted more than 20 years with a better than 90% success rate. Patients who have good oral hygiene and take care of their new teeth can enjoy implants that last a lifetime.
Why Do I Need Dental Implants?
People lose one or more teeth for a wide variety of reasons, including infection, gum disease, accident or injury. When natural teeth are removed, many problems occur. The remaining teeth shift, rotate and become crooked. When an improper bite develops, it makes it very difficult to chew food properly. Spaces and gaps between teeth often cause embarrassment, problems with speech, an inability to eat certain foods, and lack of self-esteem. With properly placed dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, NJ patients of Dr. Rotem can restore missing teeth, thereby eliminating these potential problems. People who have teeth replaced through implant dentistry report better ability to chew food and eat properly, renewed confidence while speaking, and better self-esteem.
Self Test: If you have been wondering whether dental implants are right for you, you can take this simple test to see if you are a possible candidate for this procedure. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I missing one, two, or more teeth?
- Do I try and hide my smile because of unsightly spaces between my teeth or because I am missing teeth?
- Do I lack confidence when I smile, speak or eat?
- Am I having trouble eating, chewing, or speaking properly?
- Are my teeth loose, or am I getting or in need of treatment for advanced gum disease?
- Do I have dentures that slip or cause sore spots when I chew?
- Do my dentures need to be relined frequently because of bone resorption?
- Do I carry my complete or partial dentures in my pocket or leave them at home?
- Am I having any problems with existing crowns or bridges, either functionally or cosmetically?
- Are the teeth holding my bridge loosening or moving?
- Can I wait three to nine months for the entire dental implant process to be completed?
- Will I be willing to commit to the high standard of home care recommended by my New Jersey dentist that is necessary to properly maintain a dental implant?
- Will I follow up with regular dental checkups?
- Do I believe that my life could be improved through dental implants?
- If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you are most likely a candidate for the dental implant procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dr. Rotem, an innovative New Jersey cosmetic dentist, will use dental implants to replace the form and function of missing teeth. Dental implants support replacement teeth in virtually the same way that your natural tooth root supports your natural teeth.
Various uses for dental implants include:
- Replacing a single tooth, thereby eliminating the need to grind down or alter adjacent teeth.
- Anchors to support a fixed bridge.
- Supporting loose teeth by being splinted to them.
- Supporting replacement teeth for an entirely toothless jaw
- Providing stability for a complete denture, thereby eliminating unsightly moving and clicking associated with dentures.
Remember — Dental implants prices are nothing compared to what you get back in self-esteem and a revitalized social life! It is truly an amazing procedure that provides you with a second chance on many different levels.
What Exactly Does the Dental Implant Procedure Involve?
First, you will need to discuss your options with your cosmetic dentist. Ocean County, New Jersey dentist, Dr. Ronen Rotem, will help you decide if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will review your complete dental history, take x-rays, complete a thorough oral examination, and discuss the cost of dental implants with you. If together with Dr. Rotem you decide that you are a candidate for dental implant surgery, the procedure is as follows:
- Dr. Rotem will surgically place the dental implants into the bone. This is done right in his New Jersey dentist office using a local anesthetic. After the dental implant surgery is completed, there is a healing period of approximately four months. During this time, the implants fuse to the bone by a process known as ‘Osseo integration’.
- Next, there is a minor surgical exposure of the top of the dental implant, whereby your New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rotem, will attach the post to the implant. The function of the post is to become the support for either one tooth or a set of teeth. This is a short procedure that usually requires only local anesthesia.
- The last phase is the restorative phase. Dr. Rotem
will take impressions and then make a prosthesis
that will attach to the dental implants. This will require several visits.
Once completed, your mouth will be restored to natural looking, strong
- Is the concept of dental implants a new one?
- What factors contribute to long-term success of dental implants?
- Who can place a dental implant in my mouth?
- Who can restore the teeth on top of the dental implants?
- Are there any age limitations for dental implants?
- What might be some of the factors that would prevent me from being a candidate for implant dentistry?
- How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?
- Is dental implant surgery painful?
- When can I return to work after dental implant surgery?
- What are the benefits of dental implants?
- What is the relative cost of dental implants?
Not at all. In fact, dental implants have been performed for thousands of years. Egyptian mummies have been found with gold wire implants in the jawbones. Pre-Columbian skeletal remains exhibit dental implants made of semi-precious stones. Recently, a Roman soldier was unearthed in Europe with an iron dental implant in his jawbone. In the Middle East, implants made of ivory have been discovered in skeletons from the Middle Ages.
Modern implantology began in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. However, popularity really grew in the 1980’s with the increased success of the titanium cylinder. Since then, many brand name implants with minor variations have been approved.
The long-term success of implant dentistry depends on multiple factors. First, success will depend on the quality and quantity of bone. The better the bone and the more bone available, the greater the chance of long-term success. Secondly, the experience and ability of the dental surgeon will be a factor. As with any surgical procedure, there is no substitute for the experience and individual talent of the cosmetic dentist. Ocean County, New Jersey, dentist, Dr. Ronen Rotem, has earned the respect of his peers near and far for his vast experience and abundant talent in performing successful dental implant surgery procedures. Finally, the quality of the restoration placed on top of the implant will play a big role in long-term success. If the design of the implant crowns or over-dentures are poorly constructed, and biting forces are not balanced, even the best-placed dental implant will have a compromised survival rate.
A periodontist, an oral surgeon, or an implantologist, places dental implants. The periodontist and oral surgeon are teamed with a restorative dentist. They will perform the dental implant surgery and then a restorative dentist will see the patient for completion of the crowns or overlying appliance. There will be two dentists during the course of implant dentistry. An implantologist is trained in both dental implant surgery and restoration of the dental prosthesis. In some cases, an implantologist will do both the surgery and the restoration, and there will be only one dentist during the course of treatment. This may help to defray the cost of dental implants. Click here to request more information.
A general New Jersey dentist trained to restore implants, an oral implantologist, or a prosthodontist can restore teeth. It is the choice of the patient to use a "one doctor approach," whereby the oral implantologist does both the surgery and the restoration, or the "two doctor approach," whereby the surgery and restoration are performed by two different clinicians. Click here to request more information.
No. Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.
There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implant. Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles.
The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by Dr. Rotem, a leading cosmetic dentist in Ocean County, New Jersey, every three to four months. Dr. Rotem’s hygienists are trained in the specific procedure of maintaining dental implants. Additionally, daily brushing and flossing is absolutely necessary for long-term success.
No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after dental implant can be controlled with medications.
You can go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises. Your New Jersey dentist, Dr. Rotem, will discuss all postoperative instructions with you.
Countless patients have realized many amazing benefits from dental implants & cosmetic dentistry. NJ patients of Dr. Rotem have rediscovered:
- A beautiful smile
- Improved appearance
- Improved comfort
- Improved speech
- Eating better and enjoying more foods
- Improved self-esteem
The cost of dental implants is also a great value for your investment. With proper care, you’ll be getting a product that you will be using 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, for many, many years of your life. The positive impact it will have on your self-esteem and social life are incalculable!
As with many surgical procedures, dental implant prices will vary from doctor to doctor. New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ronen Rotem, takes pride in himself and his staff with providing the best implant dentistry services at competitive dental implants prices. It is important to remember that there are three components to a tooth being restored by implant dentistry, and each component is factored into the overall cost of dental implants:
- First, there is the cost of the dental implant surgery procedure itself
- Next, there is the cost of the post (also called an abutment), which is placed on healed dental implants
- Last, there is the cost of the crown, which is the tooth placed on top of the posts
There may be other costs that affect overall dental implants prices. For instance, if needed during surgery, the use of synthetic bone material might be an added fee. Dr. Rotem will discuss all factors with you that may affect the cost of dental implants before beginning any procedures.
If you desire to finance the cost of dental implants, Dr. Rotem’s staff will gladly discuss different services available to finance care payments over time. In some cases, a qualified patient can finance up to 100% of the cost of dental implants! His knowledgeable staff will explain in detail exactly what comprises dental implants prices, and make sure you fully understand what fees you will be paying for each particular procedure. There will never be any financial surprises regarding the cost of dental implants once a commitment to your treatment has begun!