Dental Implants – Williamstown, NJ
A Functional New Smile with Dental Implants
The problem is simple: you have missing teeth that need to be replaced. The issue, then, is determining how to go about accomplishing this. With the expert care of Dr. Kassem, you now have a way to revamp your smile and to regain the full usage of your teeth. The first step is to reach out to our Williamstown office to schedule an initial consultation. Then, you can move forward with getting your life back on track!
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
The dental implant process has a 95% success rate, and one of the reasons for this is the conservative approach that is taken to performing the procedure. Therefore, Dr. Kassem will methodically evaluate the current condition of your oral health, which includes capturing X-ray images and performing a visual assessment of your mouth and gums. The purpose of this is to ensure the dental implant procedure will be a good fit for you.
Because this is a partnership between you and your dentist, you’ll also be able to provide input so the highly-customized process is in line with your desires. Dr. Kassem will then map-out a treatment protocol so a dental implant can be perfectly crafted to meet your smile needs.
Dental Implant Surgery
After your treatment plan is developed, Dr. Kassem will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon who specializes in the placement of dental implants. Thus, you can rest assured that you’ll be in capable hands.
The process starts with the specialist making an incision into the gums to gain access to the underlying bone. Then, after drilling a small hole into the same, a cylinder-shaped titanium post is attached. Afterwards, bite impressions are taken that will be used to create a final restoration, and you’ll be fitted with a protective cap.
A dental implant is unlike any other form of tooth replacement because by being attached at the jawbone level, the fixture works to form a sound foundation, perfectly mimicking the function of the original tooth root.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
Because titanium is considered to be a biocompatible material, when the implant is placed, your jawbone will undergo an amazing fusing process called osseointegration. This involves, over the next three-to-six months, new bone cells growing that will form a secure webbing around the implant to maintain its position.
Once you’ve healed sufficiently, an abutment can be added. Also made from high-grade titanium, the fixture is screwed into the implant to serve as an anchor for a final restoration to securely attach to.
This feature of the implant process can also be credited for the longevity and reliability of the fixture since it prevents any slipping or sliding that could cause gum irritation.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
After you’ve healed adequately and the abutment is placed, you can head down the “home stretch” to receive the final restoration. Here are the options you have based on the number of teeth that are being replaced:
- Crown – If there’s only one tooth to replace, then Dr. Kassem will provide you with a porcelain crown that will fit perfectly into your smile line.
- Bridge – If two-to-three teeth are missing consecutively, then an implant-retained bridge will be the perfect solution. Consisting of a series of porcelain crowns that are affixed to the single structure, it, too, will be attached to the implant to create a sound restoration.
- Dentures – To replace a full row or an entire set of teeth, Dr. Kassem will custom fit you with implant-retained dentures, which consist of a pink resin base with porcelain teeth resting atop.
Likely, you have many more questions about the process, so reach out to our Williamstown office today to schedule a consultation so you can get on the path to smile perfection!