Dental Implants in Princeton, NJ
Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
Losing a tooth isn’t just a cosmetic problem — it can cause uncomfortable and embarrassing dental problems that stop you from enjoying your life to the fullest. Fortunately, at Princeton Prosthodontics, Dr. Cortese has a restorative treatment to replace your teeth with dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a restoration solution that we surgically graft to the jawbone. Your restoration acts as a tooth root that fuses with your jawbone. Once they’re secured, your implants are fitted with replacements that seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dr. Cortese knows your smile is important and you deserve to have your smile back. There are many benefits in receiving dental implants:
- A lifetime restoration
- Customized for you
- Restores jawbone density
- Restores speaking and eating ability
- Maintains facial shape
Dental Implants Process
During your consultation, Dr. Cortese will review your medical history, examine your oral health, take X-rays to determine your jawbone density, and perform any necessary dental treatments. This is an opportunity to address any questions and concerns you may have, and talk about your smile goals. He’ll then determine a personalized treatment plan and if you decide it’s right for you, he’ll begin the implant fixture procedure.
To begin the process, Dr. Cortese will use a gentle numbing agent to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. He’ll then surgically place the titanium implant directly into your jaw and fit your temporary prosthetic teeth. You’ll then go through a process called osseointegration, the bones will start to fuse a secure bond with the fixture. The healing process will take around three to six months.
After it’s healed, you’ll come back to our Princeton office so Dr. Cortese can attach your custom-crafted replacement teeth that seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. He’ll make any adjustments before securing it into place. At the end of the visit, you’ll leave with a brand new smile.
Dental Implants Candidacy
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth. To determine whether dental implants are for you, Dr. Cortese will evaluate the factors. The ideal candidate for this restoration should have:
- Jawbone density
- Healthy gums
- Is in good overall health
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the side effects of getting dental implants?
After the procedure, you may experience minor side effects for a few days. They’re mild and will improve quickly:
- Face swelling
- Gum swelling
- Pain at the surgery site
If you continue to experience pain and discomfort, contact our Princeton office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Cortese will assist you in prescribing medications.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. To ensure its longevity, Dr. Cortese recommend to follow these instructions:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Floss daily
- Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash
- Visit Dr. Cortese biannual for checkups and professional dental cleanings
Will my dental implant look obvious?
It won’t look obvious as your dental implants are designed to seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. At Princeton Prosthodontics, we make sure to carefully plan and create the visible part of your dental implants to blend naturally so you can show off your new smile.
Can my regular dentist place a dental implant?
It may be possible but it’s crucial to find a dentist that has experience and is a leading expert in dental implants. These complex tooth restorations require a high degree of skills and experience, Dr. Cortese is one of the leading experts and has years of experience in placing dental implants.
Start Your Journey to a New Smile
If you have missing teeth and want to restore your smile, look no further and start today. Contact our Princeton office to schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Cortese. Our team at Princeton Prosthodontics will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.