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Dental Implants – Eatontown, NJ

How We Make Your Smile Last for Decades

While dentures and dental bridges can effectively fill the gaps in your smile, they only replace the top portion of teeth. Unfortunately, they do nothing to address the bottom portion of teeth (the root.) If you’re looking for a long-term solution for tooth loss, dental implants can actually replace teeth to the fullest and help you avoid bone loss. Doing this also works to maintain your facial appearance, which dramatically changes with every tooth lost. While dentures can be affordable, they tend to slip out of place as the gum and bone tissue begin to break down. For the most reliable foundation, get in touch with Dr. Gizachew to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss options for tooth replacement with dental implants in Eatontown, NJ.

Why Choose NU Dental Eatontown for Dental Implants?

What is a Dental Implant?

Dentist showing patient a dental implant model

Have you heard of dental implants being referred to as the “gold-standard?” If so, you should know that it’s not hyperbole. These titanium prosthetics are designed to not only mimic teeth in almost every single way, but integrate with existing jawbone, much like how other surgical implants do. Thanks to their biocompatibility, they can easily integrate with the bone and gum tissue in your mouth without the body rejecting it. The process of the titanium fusing with bone is known as “osseointegration” and is what occurs in the jaw following your oral surgery. After they have fully healed, you can expect them to provide long-term stability for your permanent restoration.

Benefits of Dental implants

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There are many benefits that come with choosing dental implants to replace missing teeth. Having a complete smile is only one of many positives you can expect after you’ve completed your surgery and received your permanent restoration. Dr. Gizachew and his team encourage you to read more about these benefits ahead of your first consultation to better understand how your quality of life can get a major boost after having teeth replaced through this revolutionary treatment.

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Day-to-Day Benefits

Older woman brushing her dental implants in Eatontown

  • Eat the Foods You Love: When implants are placed, they stimulate the bone tissue, which directly improves your biting force significantly. This cannot be said for other solutions, which only sit on top of the gums and ridge, which does nothing for your long-term bone health.
  • Easy to Take Care Of: In order to clean your implants, all you need is a consistent brushing and flossing habit. You won’t need to remove them like dentures. This makes caring for your tooth replacement not only easy but indistinguishable from your previous oral care regimen.
  • No More Shifting Restorations: If you’re frustrated with your denture because it’s constantly shifting out of place, you should know that dental implants do not have this issue. This is because implant dentures are always fixed directly to the implant posts, meaning they won’t slip or shift out of place throughout the day, including when chewing or speaking.

Health Benefits

Woman preparing a meal after visiting implant dentist in Eatontown

  • Reduced Risk of Future Tooth Loss: The more teeth are lost, the more your bone tissue begins to break down. This can compromise the foundation of your jaw, putting you at higher risk of additional tooth loss. Since dental implant stimulate bone tissue, you can prevent the atrophy of your bone and keep your existing teeth securely in place.
  • Consume a More Balanced Diet: Since you won’t be held back by the foods you can eat, eating a more balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats is substantially easier.
  • Lower Risk for Systemic Disease: Research has shown that people who have all their teeth are generally at lower risk of certain conditions, including heart disease. With dental implants being the closest thing to natural teeth, it’s more than reasonable to believe that your overall health may be better protected as a result.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • High Success Rate: Dental implants’ average success rate falls between 95% and 98%, even after 10 years of use. This makes them a fantastic choice when you want to have true peace of mind for your future smile.
  • Long-Term Reliability: On average, dental implants last for about 30 years. However, they often last a lifetime when placed by professionals and well taken care of. This cannot be said for other tooth replacements that do not use dental implants, such as traditional bridges and dentures.
  • Maintain a Young and Beautiful Smile: All dental implants are equipped with natural-looking restorations that look lifelike and indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Man considering dental implant tooth replacement

It’s easy to replace any number of teeth with dental implants. Thanks to their versatility, you can replace single missing teeth or every single tooth in your smile! However, before treatment begins, you’ll need to take the time to confirm if enough bone tissue is available to support the implants. We’ll do this by measuring your bone density ahead of time and address any gum disease that is present (as it can cause failure if left untreated) and remove any decay. When your mouth is prepared, we’ll start the planning process, which includes knowing which teeth need replacement.

Animated dental implant supported dental crown placement

Missing Single Tooth

When replacing single teeth, we won’t have to make any modifications to your existing teeth whatsoever. This means we replace the need for a dental bridge, which does require modifying teeth. Once the implant is fused with the jaw and the gums have healed, a crown can be placed on top.

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

Missing Multiple Teeth

Looking to replace multiple individual teeth throughout your mouth? Doing so is actually quite simple with dental implants. With that said, multiple consecutive teeth should be replaced with an implant-retained bridge. This option involves the placement of one to two dental implants holding a two to four-crown restoration. It’s a very cost-effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth.

Animated dental implant supported dentures placement

Missing All Teeth

Traditional dentures have long been the most popular solution for replacing teeth. However, did you know that you can achieve a stronger and more stable tooth replacement by choosing dentures designed to attach to dental implants? This means chewing tough foods and practicing your at-home brushing and flossing become much easier along the way!

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Start-to-Finish Convenience

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Multiple stages of treatment need to be completed before dental implants can be received. In some cases, dental offices need to send patients to a specialist to complete oral surgery. Not at NU Dental Eatontown! Dr. G can place your implants right here at the dental office. There’s no need to travel to another dental office you aren’t familiar with. It’s the best way to get the most comfortable care from the dentist and team you love to see.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Animated components of dental implant replacement tooth

When we’re reviewing the overall cost of your dental implants with you, you’ll need to keep one important rule in mind: “you get what you pay for.” While the cost of dental implants is higher compared to other forms of tooth replacement, the numerous benefits you’ll enjoy will make it well worth the price (especially when you realize that the long lifespan of implants means you won’t be paying for replacements as often). Below are some of the factors that will affect how much you end up paying for implants.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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The surgery to insert the implants into your jaw has its own price, of course, and we’ll be up front with you about what you can expect to pay for it. Since our implants are placed in-house, the payment process is more convenient as you don’t have to worry about the fees at a different practice.

However, implant surgery is just one part of the overall process. Sometimes you’ll also have to pay for a number of preliminary treatments beforehand. As just one example, you might have to pay for an extraction if the tooth being replaced hasn’t fallen out yet; if the space in your mouth is already empty, you don’t have to worry about this particular step.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

A single dental implant surgically inserted into the jaw

In addition to the various procedures, you’ll also have to pay for the individual components of the implant itself, including the post, the abutment, and the final restoration. We work with manufacturers who use high-quality, long-lasting materials that will help ensure that you get the absolute most out of your smile. Some implants will be made out of different materials depending on your individual needs; for example, you might need zirconia implants if you’re ineligible for titanium implants for any reason.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

Illustration of a dental implant split into its different components

It probably goes without saying, but different types of implant restorations have varying costs attached to them. You might receive:

  • A crown for a single dental implant to replace one tooth
  • A bridge that rests on two implant posts to replace several teeth in a row
  • A partial denture attached to a strategic number of implants depending on where the teeth are missing
  • A full denture firmly anchored to four to eight dental implants

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental bridge being anchored to a pair of implants

In most cases, the answer is no. A lot of insurance companies still think of implant placement as an elective procedure that isn’t entitled to coverage. This is not universal, however, and we are happy to review your dental insurance plan with you to see if it can help pay for implant surgery. In many cases, we’ll find that while the surgery itself isn’t covered under your plan, you might still be reimbursed for a certain percentage of the restoration itself or preliminary treatments that were deemed necessary for health reasons.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Our practice is in-network with Aetna PPO, Delta Dental NJ, Humana, MetLife, and many, many other popular insurance providers. Our team will work alongside both you and your provider to make sure you get the most out of your benefits no matter the circumstances. We also have a special dental membership plan for those without insurance, and we can also discuss the possibility of paying for care in a series of monthly installments through CareCredit.

Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

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As long as your mouth are jaw are sufficiently healthy, your dental implants are more than 95% likely to bring you decades of great smiles! That said, some patients need to undergo one or more preliminary treatments before they’re ready to accommodate dental implants. If Dr. G determines that you’re not initially a good candidate for dental implants, don’t worry – these advanced dental implant procedures in Eatontown may be just the thing your new smile needs to have a healthy, lasting foundation!

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Bone Grafting

model of the jaw before and after bone grafting in Eatontown

The long-term success of dental implants depends on the process of osseointegration, during which the implants fuse to your jawbone tissue. If there is not enough density in the jawbone – which is common for patients who have been missing teeth for a long time – then bone grafting in Eatontown can help.

This procedure is designed to increase the volume of the jawbone by transplanting bone material from another part of the patient’s body. The bone could also come from a donor. Once Dr. G has grafted the material onto your existing jawbone, he’ll stitch it up. You’ll spend the next few months waiting for the graft to strengthen your jaw to the point where it can give dental implants the support they need.

Sinus Lift

model of how a sinus lift in Eatontown works

Bone loss in the upper arch, and especially in the back of the mouth, can make it difficult to place dental implants without piercing the nearby sinus cavities. In this case, a sinus lift may be necessary.

Also known as a sinus augmentation, a sinus lift in Eatontown involves restoring bone to the area so that dental implants can replace the upper molars. During this procedure, we gently raise the sinus membrane, add bone grafting material to the area, and close up the gum tissue. It should take somewhere between four and nine months for the site to be ready for implant placement.

PRP/PRF Treatment

model of a dental implant fusing to the jawbone

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) may not sound familiar to you, but they can greatly increase the success of your dental implant treatment. Both procedures involve placing a sample of your blood into a centrifuge, processing it into distinct layers. By applying white blood cells, platelets, and stem cells to the site where dental implants are placed, osseointegration becomes faster and more effective. Additionally, PRP/PRF treatments often result in less post-op discomfort and a reduced need for antibiotics.

Ridge Expansion

model of a ridge expansion procedure

The “ridge” refers to a specific portion of the jawbone that supports and surrounds the teeth. When teeth are lost, this ridge begins to atrophy, making it too risky for dental implant placement. With ridge expansion, the ridge is segmented into an outer and inner portion. Then, these halves are wedged apart, and bone grafting material is placed between them. After we seal you back up, you’ll be given a few months for the graft to heal. At that point, you should be able to receive dental implants in Eatontown without a hitch.

Dental Implant Post-Op Instructions

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Thanks to his advanced training, Dr. G understands how crucial of a procedure dental implant surgery is. Equally important, however, is how you handle the recovery period at home. Following our dental implant post-op instructions in Eatontown is essential in ensuring that your new teeth begin the healing process successfully and form the foundation that they need to last a lifetime. Here is a basic guideline of what you should do after your surgery and side effects to look out for. If you suspect something is wrong after your procedure, please call us just to be on the safe side.

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What to Do Directly After Dental Implant Surgery

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In order for the implant site to heal properly, a blood clot must form over the area and remain undisturbed for at least three days. If the blood clot is dislodged, dry socket will occur. Dry socket is not only painful, but it can lengthen the healing process. To prevent this from happening, you should avoid:

  • Drinking through a straw.
  • Smoking, chewing, or using tobacco in any form.
  • Forcefully spitting or blowing your nose. Instead, swallow excess saliva and dab at your nose with tissues.
  • Touching the implant site with your tongue or fingers.

Common Side Effects

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You’ll very likely experience a few side effects following your procedure, especially in the first few days. These should be minor and should subside over time. If they do not, please contact your implant dentist in Eatontown right away.

The most common side effects after dental implant surgery are:

  • Intermittent bleeding – We’ll advise you on how and when to change out the gauze pads to minimize blood flow.
  • Swelling – Swelling usually peaks on the second or third day and fades after that, but it can last for up to a week in some cases. Applying a cold compress to your cheek for 10 minutes a few times a day can cut down on swelling as well as pain.
  • General discomfort – We may prescribe a pain medication for you to take, or we’ll recommend that you take over-the-counter pain relievers at certain intervals.

Diet

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It will be a while until you can use your new teeth to chow down on a juicy steak. For the first several days after your procedure, you should stick to primarily soft foods like:

  • Yogurt
  • Cold soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Applesauce
  • Ice cream
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Pasta

Once you feel up to it, you can gradually incorporate heartier foods into your diet. However, we highly recommend that you avoid chewing extremely hard foods and applying a lot of pressure when chewing near your implant site.

Health & Oral Hygiene

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To prevent post-op infection from compromising your dental implants in Eatontown, you’ll need to stay on top of your oral hygiene. Starting on the day after your procedure, you can brush your teeth as normal, but be careful near the surgical site. For the first week or so, you should rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution at least two or three times a day, ideally after each meal. This can soothe irritated tissues as well as reduce the risk of infection. Avoid mouthwashes that contain high amounts of alcohol, as it can dry your mouth out and potentially complicate healing.

What to Do After Your New Teeth Are Attached

woman admiring her smile after getting her dental implants in Eatontown restored

Once Dr. G places your crown, bridge, or denture onto your implants, you can rest easy – the hard part is over! After receiving your restoration, you may experience some mild sensitivity or soreness in your gums, but this should only be temporary. It should also be easily controlled with an over-the-counter pain medication.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

senior man brushing his teeth

With dental implants, you can essentially get a whole new lease on life. In fact, they could actually end up lasting for the rest of your life! Of course, they can only last so long if you spend time caring for them. If you don’t take the right steps to maintain your dental implants, there’s a chance they could need to be replaced. Fortunately, ensuring your new pearly whites last a lifetime is easy if you follow a few basic steps.

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Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

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One of the great things about dental implants is that you’ll never need to worry about them getting cavities. However, any natural teeth you have left still can. Additionally, oral health issues like gum disease could jeopardize the tissues supporting your implants, causing them to fail. For these reasons, you still need to practice daily oral hygiene. On the bright side, you can brush and floss dental implants in virtually the same way as you would natural teeth.

Eat a Healthy Diet

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You should have no trouble chewing with dental implants, so you’ll be free to eat a variety of delicious, nutritious foods. That being said, certain foods are healthier for your implants than others. Overindulging in sugary sweets could increase the risk of mouth infections, while sticky items could pull your restoration off of your implant.

Break Bad Habits

woman chewing on tip of pencil

Most of us engage in bad habits from time to time, but some of them could lead to dental implant failure if you’re not careful. A prime example is smoking. In addition to worsening your overall health, tobacco slows healing and encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chewing hard objects (pencils, pens, fingernails, ice cubes, etc.) and using your teeth as tools to open packaging or bottles could also damage your restoration or even the implant itself.

Protect Your Dental Implants

man wearing a red mouthguard

Dental implant posts and the restorations on top of them are impressively strong, but they’re definitely not indestructible. If you get hit in the face during a sporting event, your replacement teeth could sustain serious damage. That’s why we highly recommend wearing a custom athletic mouthguard to protect your smile whenever you play sports. In a similar vein, you should wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth while sleeping due to bruxism or TMJ disorder. Chronic clenching and grinding can wear down your teeth – both real and implant-supported – over time.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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No matter how many natural teeth you have left, you’ll still want to see Dr. G every six months for a routine dental checkup. He’ll have the chance to evaluate your teeth, implants, gums, and other oral structures for early signs of health problems, and if he spots anything, our team can address it right away. We can also give your implants and remaining teeth a professional cleaning to remove harmful plaque that may have built up since your last visit.

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