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Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw bone. Once placed, osteoblasts and connective tissue will work to secure the implant into the bone, allowing it to become a permanent replacement for the missing tooth’s root.
Dental implants are typically placed under anesthesia. This includes options such as general anesthesia, localized anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and any number of medications designed to address anxiety and discomfort. Depending on your level of discomfort, many oral surgeons offer deep, IV sedation for dental implant placement.
To place a dental implant, there must be sufficient bone density for support. A lack of bone density may necessitate a bone grafting procedure, which will need to be performed enough in advance of your implant procedure to ensure a full recovery. As with the implant procedure itself, bone grafting is typically performed under anesthesia.
After placement, you may experience some mild swelling, bruising, and general discomfort. These things can be addressed through pain medications, cold compresses, patience, and time. There are some herbal remedies that may help speed recovery. Please be sure to ask your oral surgeon about these before taking them.
You will be provided with instructions on implant care. Follow these to the letter to help guard against infection and other issues that may cause implant failure. When cared for appropriately, dental implants take around six months to become a part of the jaw – at which point a restoration can safely be attached.
Dr. Howard Perlmutter works with local oral surgeons to ensure our patients receive the safest and most effective dental implants available. Once these implants are secured, Dr. Perlmutter offers a range of restorations, including dental crowns and implant-supported bridges that can be used to restore full strength and beauty to your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the solution you have been looking for. Please schedule an appointment at Oradell Family Dental by calling 201-384-9292 today. Located in Oradell, we welcome patients from Paramus and all surrounding areas of New Jersey.