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Dental Implant Care and Tooth Replacement

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts similar in shape and size to the roots of natural teeth. They serve as a permanent support for crowns, bridges, and dentures to replace missing or severely damaged teeth. Since implants replace each tooth down to its root, they provide a solid foundation for restorations, improving not only one’s smile appearance, but also the ability to eat and speak. This advanced solution also prevents jawbone recession. Learn more about dental implants and how to find the best implant dentist below.

What Are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

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Single-Tooth Implants

Single-tooth implants are intended to replace each individual tooth with an implant post and crown restoration.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant dentures involve a custom-made prosthetic that replaces a full arch of teeth and is anchored to the jawbone with a series of implants.

All-on-Four and All-on-Six

All-on-Four and All-on-Six are techniques sometimes used in implant-supported dentures. A series of four or more implants are used to secure the denture, with some being implanted at an angle to optimize contact with the available jawbone.

How Does Guided Dental Implant Surgery Work?

Our highly experienced implant dentist, Dr. John D. Beckwith, employs guided implant surgery to perform dental implant procedures. This involves the use of CBCT technology to obtain 3D images of the teeth, gums, bone, and nerves in the area. With this information, Dr. Beckwith creates a guide for exact implant placement during surgery. Once the implants have been secured into their proper positions, it takes approximately three to six months until they fuse with the surrounding bone. The final restoration will then be placed onto the implant post.

Will I Need a Bone Graft to Get Dental Implants?

In addition to being in generally good health, patients must have adequate bone density in their jaw to be a good candidate for dental implants. This allows the implant to fuse with the bone as it becomes a permanent part of the mouth. For those with poor jawbone quality, bone grafting may be recommended. During this procedure, Dr. Beckwith places a graft in the area of recession. He also uses growth factors to stimulate new bone development.

How Do I Choose the Best Implant Dentist?

Proper implant placement requires a deep knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of hard (jaw bone) and soft (periodontium, mucosa) tissues, along with the precise manual skills and correctly selected techniques and materials. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to visit an expert, and when you seek a highly qualified implant dentist like Dr. Beckwith, you reduce your risk of complications or the implants not functioning properly.

Dr. Beckwith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry, which indicates he has reached the highest level of competence in implantology. He is also a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. When you choose Cornerstone Dental, Dr. Beckwith takes the time to make sure every aspect of your procedure is planned and executed with the utmost precision for a predictable and safe outcome.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Dental implants cost approximately $3,000 to $6,000 in New Jersey, but this can vary based on the extent of the patient’s needs. The specific type of dental implant solution you receive will affect how much you can expect to pay, such as a single-tooth implant versus an implant-supported denture. In addition, the expertise of your implant specialist will influence your total cost, as more experienced doctors may have higher fees. Dental implant surgery is a complex procedure that requires the expertise of a highly qualified professional, and as a result, it is important for the long-term success of your dental implants to seek a doctor based on their qualifications, rather than looking for one who offers implants at a lower cost, as this may increase your risk of complications. To help you understand what to expect from our team, we will provide you with a detailed cost estimate based on your treatment plan to help you budget for your procedure.

Patient Reviews

My teeth were destroyed by years of bad dentistry and finally radiation did the rest of the damage. When all was said and done, I lost 4 teeth on my lower left side and the ones that were left were in pretty bad shape. Dr Beckwith not only gave my my smile back, he gave me the one I always remembered. Today, Dr. O’Brien got rid of the last eye sore, which was a grey eye tooth. She re shaped it and made it look natural and better than it ever was. Thank you to you both! Between my dental implants and fixed eye tooth… I feel like me again.

Lalena Lamson

July 21, 2015


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