Patients in Princeton NJ are discovering the benefits of modern dental implants
Are you hoping to restore a smile that has, over the years, maybe lost some of its beauty due to missing teeth? Maybe it goes further than cosmetic reasons, and you are facing some significant oral health issues due to lost teeth that need replacement. Dr. Michael Cortese D.M.D. is a maxillofacial prosthodontist in Princeton, NJ who is incredibly adept in the field of dental implants. Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to replace missing teeth, Dr. Cortese is somebody you can trust to provide an experience that leaves you with improved quality of life.
To understand what, exactly, a dental implant is, it’s best to picture a component that is similar in shape to a screw. This implant, also called a post, is inserted into your jawbone. Once placed, it will fuse with the jawbone and become incredibly sturdy. Onto this sturdy post is where an abutment is then placed. This abutment provides a place where your replacement tooth (or crown) will be placed. These three components, together, form the complete dental implant. Your dental implant will be personalized to your mouth and the visible portion (the crown) will be specifically colored and shaped to match the natural teeth which surround it. The dental implant will, when placed correctly, fit securely into the space where your missing tooth used to be.
Over the years, dental implants have become an incredibly dependable and strong system designed to fill the gap where a natural tooth has been lost. Dental implants have been used for over 30 years and continue to advance in both appearance and functionality resulting in a procedure that is incredibly well-received and trusted. Most of all, a dental implant will leave you with a complete smile that has full functionality.
The Benefits of Modern Dental Implants
Replacing a lost tooth (or teeth) with a dental implant offers many benefits, including:
- The ability to maintain your bone structure and integrity of the jaw
- A dental implant will support the surrounding teeth, keeping them healthy and removing the need for any bridge work
- The ability to replace loose fitting dentures
- Restoration of complete bite distribution
- Preservation of facial integrity due to preventing bone loss in the jaw, which can occur when you are missing teeth
- Replacement of loose-fitting dentures.
- Even bite distribution throughout the mouth.
- Implants feel and function just like natural teeth.
Receiving the Dental Implant
When you arrive to your appointment with Dr. Cortese, he will work with you to construct a plan to receive your dental implant. This is a very important stage of the process because a treatment plan needs to be well thought out and any questions that you may have need to be asked at this point so that you know exactly what to expect and so Dr. Cortese knows any fears or anxieties you may have about the procedure. Overall, the process of receiving a dental implant is relatively painless and consists of these distinct phases:
- The dentist will insert the post into your jawbone
- Once the post is placed, time will need to be taken so that the bone surrounding the newly implanted post can heal. This allows the post to fully anchor itself in the bone, resulting in a strong attachment.
- Once the jawbone has healed, the post will be ready to have the abutment connected
- A crown will be custom designed for your mouth and then attached to the abutment.