Do you have missing teeth? If so, you may be wondering whether traditional dentures are the only alternative to replace them with the results that you are hoping for. The good news is, Spring Lake Dental Care offers advanced dental implant procedures that can replace your teeth with results that both look and feel natural, and may even last a lifetime.
Dental implants are one of the most revolutionary restorative dentistry techniques to ever come along. They have helped patients all over the world improve both the form and function of their teeth while eliminating many of the drawbacks commonly associated with dentures. Our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Peter Ciampi, and his team here at Spring Lake Dental Care can perform dental implant procedures to help you replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth with results that give you new reasons to smile!
Dr. Ciampi has achieved the prestigious fellowship level in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are designed to function like a natural tooth root. Placed precisely in the area of the missing tooth, a dental implant is anchored to the jawbone. The implant should ultimately fuse to the bone and become a permanent part of the mouth, just like an original tooth. A customized dental crown is then affixed to the implant to provide the finishing touch. With the advanced technologies and skills employed by our dentists, a dental implant can look, feel, and function so naturally that it may be hard to distinguish between the implant itself and your original teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants offer a full range of benefits that serve both aesthetic and functional purposes, including:
- They can improve chewing and speaking
- They do not slip or move along the gumline
- They are custom-designed to provide the most comfortable, natural fit
- They require no messy pastes or adhesives
- They require no extra maintenance aside from regular brushing and flossing
- They can be used to provide more stability and support for a dental bridge or denture. For full sets of dentures, the All-on-Four™ implant-supported dentures technique may be an option for some patients.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Candidates for dental implants are typically those who are in reasonably good health and have adequate jawbone density to accommodate the implant. Patients who are currently suffering from gum disease may need to have periodontal treatment before they are eligible for a dental implant. Our dentist will perform a full oral evaluation at your initial consultation and talk with you about the best options for your unique needs.
What Does the Dental Implants Procedure Involve?
Once you are determined to be a candidate for dental implants, our dentist will create an advanced treatment plan designed to precisely place the implant (or implants) in a way that should yield the best possible fit. Dr. Kenneth Gluck, a board-certified periodontist and a member of our team here at Spring Lake Dental Care, has extensive training in the placement of dental implants and will handle this stage of the procedure. The titanium post will be delicately inserted into the gum and anchored to the jawbone. Over the next few months, the post should fuse to the jawbone and act as an artificial tooth root. A temporary crown can be affixed to the top of the post during this period. Once the fusion process is complete, Dr. Ciampi will then take control of the restoration phase of treatment. A custom-crafted permanent crown will be placed on the implant with a durable cement. This crown is specifically designed to provide the most natural-looking appearance, and will be color-matched to surrounding teeth for a virtually seamless blend. After the crown is given a final polish, the dental implant procedure is complete.
A titanium implant is placed where the tooth previously was.
After the site has healed, a post is attached to the implant.
The new crown is attached to the post.
“I would highly recommend anyone who is considering dental implants, to visit Spring Lake Dental Care! I felt very comfortable during the implant procedure and follow up visits. Before getting my implant supported bridge, I was unable to eat the foods that I enjoyed. After the treatment, I was so happy and surprised, I was able to finally eat anything that I wanted! Dr. Ciampi and his staff were compassionate, gentle, professional, and did not rush through the process.”
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