Dental Implants in Mt. Holly, NJ
Traditional tooth replacement options allowed dentists to replace lost teeth, but they only restored those parts of the tooth that are visible above the gum line. Dental implant supported tooth replacement offers patients superior comfort and stability because it restores the entire tooth, roots and crown, for a more natural look and feel. Our Mt. Holly, NJ dentist invites patients to contact our team to schedule a dental implant consultation to find out more today.
What are Implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed below the gum line to replace lost root structure. These implant posts resemble screws, and are precisely positioned to fuse with the gum tissue and supportive alveolar bone to mimic the tooth’s natural root system.
How are Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed, but the procedure is minimally invasive and most patients who are healthy enough for minor medical treatments can safely undergo dental implant placement. The surgeon makes a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant post is positioned. Finally, a healing cap is attached to the post to protect the surgical site, and whenever possible, a temporary tooth replacement is placed over the site. Over the course of three to six months, the surgical site heals, and the implant post attaches to the gum tissue and supportive jawbone mimicking the function of tooth roots. This process, known as osseointegration, is what makes dental implant supported tooth replacement so effective.
How Many Teeth can be Replaced with Dental Implants?
Dental implants are extremely versatile. We can support any number of replacement teeth from a single tooth to a full denture by strategically positioning implant posts to provide support. A single implant can be used to support one to two replacement teeth, and two posts can be used to anchor a fixed bridge rather than attached the dental bridge to surrounding healthy teeth via crowns. We can also use four or more implant posts to support a partial or full denture, providing improved support and function.