Dental Implants in Monmouth County
Champagne Smiles provides several options for dental implants in Monmouth County. If you’d like to learn more about your options, contact us at 732-972-0918 to schedule a consultation.
Because we believe everyone deserves a Champagne Smile, we’re proud that we’ve been offering dental implants in Monmouth County to our patients for over 20 years. In addition, we’ve become known as New Jersey’s Premier Dental Implant Team All Under One Roof ™ which no other office can claim. With dental implants, we can create a beautiful new smile that also functions the same way as your natural teeth.
The term “dental implant” refers to the biocompatible titanium post that is implanted into the jaw. These implants are meant to replace the roots of your missing teeth. Once the implants and the jaw bone have fused together, abutments are attached to the implants, which serve as anchors for your restorations. The advantage of dental implants over other solutions for missing teeth is that only implants can prevent and even reverse bone loss in the jaw.
While there are many practices that provide dental implants in Monmouth County, Dr. Champagne has received the honor of being named an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry in recognition of his leadership and experience in the field of implant dentistry. With his eye for detail, Dr. Champagne creates restorations that look natural and improve patients’ self-confidence. New Jersey dental implant patients trust Champagne Smiles to provide them with unparalleled results.
Our Morganville, NJ practice offers the following types of dental implants:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
As the name suggests, this procedure is used to replace an individual tooth. After the titanium implant is placed and the abutment is attached, a crown is secured as a replacement for the missing tooth. By using materials that match the color of your remaining teeth, we can create a restoration that looks completely natural.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium that are placed in the jawbone. Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Once placed, the anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.
Snap-in Implant Supported Dentures
How are implant supported dentures different from traditional dentures?
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.
Screw-Retained Full Set of Implant Teeth
This is a truly life-changing option for current denture wearers and anyone dreading the thought of losing all of their upper or lower teeth. For people who don’t want something that you take in and out every day, it’s an ideal solution. Many patients have told us that this option has given them their life back. Depending upon the amount of jawbone that you have, anywhere from 4-8 implants are placed. Then a full set of teeth get attached to the implants. This rock-solid option will restore nearly all of your original chewing ability so that you can smile with confidence and order anything you like off the menu!
What are the benefits of guided implant placement?
Using CBCT scans, virtual treatment planning, and highly specialized training, we are able to provide guided implant placement for our patients.
Using a virtual 3-D model or a physical model, implant placements and the following restorative work can be simulated to create the ideal patient treatment plan. These virtual plans allow the doctor to take multiple aspects of implant placement and restoration into consideration, resulting in optimal aesthetics, function, and longevity for the patient’s final restoration. Working with a 3-D model also allows the patient to better understand the procedures and visualize the end result.
Tooth for Tooth Dental Implant Replacement
For people who need a full mouth solution and want an option that truly mimics natural teeth, this is an excellent option.
Typically, 8-12 implants are placed per arch and individual dental crowns are placed on top of those implants. It’s just like getting a new full set of teeth, but you’ll never have to worry about another cavity!
Implant Supported Bridges
Unlike traditional bridges, which are supported by crowns, an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to hold in place replacement teeth. They are used whenever three or more adjacent teeth need to be replaced, with the implants being used to replace the outermost teeth. The result is a strong bite, as well as improved function and aesthetics.
Why should I consider an implant supported bridge?
Because of the natural look and feel of the porcelain and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
An implant supported bridge is a dental bridge that is secured to two or more dental implants rather than relying on the adjacent natural teeth for support. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the teeth must be prepared (shaved down) for crowns. Once the bridge is placed, the natural teeth will be subjected to increased stress that can be damaging – particularly if the existing tooth, roots, or surrounding bone structure are already compromised.
Mini Dental Implants (MDIs)
Sometimes a patient may not have sufficient bone density to support traditional dental implants. In such cases, mini dental implants (MDIs) may be a treatment option. While MDIs function much the same way as other dental implants, the size of the titanium implant is smaller, so they don’t require the same amount of jaw bone for support. Another reason we may choose MDIs as opposed to traditional implants is when there is only a small space in which to place an implant.
How are mini dental implants different from standard implants?
In traditional implants, an abutment is attached to the titanium implant screw, and the restoration is then placed on the abutment as shown here.
MDIs are approximately half the diameter of a traditional implant and use a titanium post, rather than a screw. Instead of an abutment piece that supports the final restoration, MDIs use a ball and socket attachment system. The ball on the end of the titanium post (shown above) provides the attachment point for the o-ring in the replacement tooth.
Similarities between MDIs and full-size dental implants:
- The implant is inserted into the jawbone.
- The implants, once inserted into the jawbone, are fixed in place.
- The placement of the implant can prompt bone regeneration around the placement site.
MDIs may be preferable to full-size dental implants in the following situations:
- Bone mass in the jaw is insufficient to support a full-size implant screw.
- Minimally invasive techniques are required due to health or other reasons.
Why Choose Dental Implants in Monmouth County?
Receiving dental implants is an invasive procedure that requires attentive care in order to be performed properly. Champagne Smiles dentists are dedicated to their NJ dental implant patients, and offer personalized care throughout the process. They regularly meet with their patients after the procedure to ensure they are experiencing healthy recovery and achieving the results they desire.
Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons, including infection, periodontal disease, accident or injury. When it does, it not only affects the aesthetics of the smile, but can also affect a patient’s long-term oral health. It is imperative to replace missing teeth in order to avoid complications such as receding gums, shifting teeth, and the development of jaw disorders such as TMJ. Dental implants are a great option for patients who need to replace missing teeth because they provide a long-lasting, stable solution. Some of the benefits of dental implants, include the fact that they are:
- Comfortable: One of the biggest complaints among conventional denture wearers is that they are uncomfortable and can come loose at times. With dental implants, the tooth restoration is securely affixed to the top of the dental implant. This gives patients peace of mind that their restoration will stay put and not cause irritation. In addition, missing teeth can lead to pain and discomfort while speaking, smiling, chewing and drinking. Dental implants eliminate these concerns because they look, feel and work just like natural teeth.
- Healthy: Dental implants help restore the structures of the mouth and promote positive oral health. By replacing missing teeth, dental implants can help reduce the risk of infection, promote the health of any remaining teeth, and prevent changes to the jawline and facial structure.
- Versatile: Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth. In addition, patients who receive dental implants can choose dental crowns, fixed dental bridges or implant-supported dentures to replace their teeth, depending on their specific needs.
- Natural Looking: Dental implants look and feel just like the natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have dental implants. This is important for patients who have previously felt embarrassed or uncomfortable due to the appearance of their smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants look, feel and function like normal, healthy teeth. They make eating, speaking and smiling easier and more natural. Because the implant post keeps the underlying jawbone stimulated, it prevents bone loss (from lack of use). By filling the gap left by a normal tooth, implants prevent the rest of the teeth from moving around in the mouth and causing problems with alignment and proper bite.
Implants also reduce the risk of periodontal disease, which can build up in gaps left by missing teeth. Implants are very easy to brush, floss and maintain. It’s important to note that because dental implants are artificial teeth, dental implant patients are not vulnerable to cavities, but may experience periodontal disease if they have poor dental hygiene. When properly cared for, dental implants can last upwards of 40 years.
Who Is a Candidate For Dental Implants?
Though dental implants are the most advanced restoration treatment, they are not for everyone. You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are missing teeth, are in good general health, and do not smoke, as smoking greatly increases your chances for infection and failed implantation.
It is also important that you have enough bone structure to support the placement of the dental implant. Many patients who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease and other infections may have deteriorated or insufficient bone structure. During an exam, Dr. Champagne will evaluate the bone to determine whether you will be able to sustain implants.
For patients who do not have enough bone support, Dr. Champagne may suggest mini dental implants, which do not require as much bone. In other instances, a bone grafting procedure may be performed in order to build bone structure prior to placement of the implants. These options, as well as the cost of dental implants, can be discussed with Dr. Champagne during your consultation.
The Dental Implants Procedure
The dental implants procedure takes place over several appointments to Dr. Champagne’s practice. During the first appointment, Dr. Champagne uses computer-guided technology to determine the best location for the dental implant. He then drills a small hole into the gums and inserts the small titanium screw. After this area has healed, typically in a few months, patients return to Dr. Champagne’s office to have an abutment placed over the implant. This abutment essentially serves as the connection between the titanium screw and the final dental restoration.
Following dental implants treatment, it is important to maintain positive oral hygiene habits in order to prevent implant failure or the development of other conditions such as periodontal disease. Patients who have dental implants should brush, floss and use mouthwash daily.
In-House Dental Lab
Unlike other dental practices that need to send molds and impressions to a lab in order to complete dental restorations, Dr. Champagne uses same-day dentistry technology including the E4D intraoral scanner and CAD/ CAM technology. Using this equipment, Dr. Champagne is able to quickly and precisely create restorations in-office. Patients are then free to enjoy their new, improved smile.
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If you’re ready to talk to a dentist about dental implants at Champagne Smiles, call us at 732-972-0918 to schedule a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best age to get dental implants?
You’re never too old to get dental implants, but you can be too young. It is recommended to wait until at least 18 years of age for females and 21 years of age for males to ensure that the jaw bone has reached its maturity in development. Some dentists prefer to wait a few additional years before pursuing the implants.
Can I still be a candidate for dental implants if I have periodontal disease?
Yes. While dental implants do require you to have healthy gums, as long as your periodontitis is being treated – and you stay on top of it – your dentist may agree that moving forward with this procedure is your best option.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
Unlike many other dental procedures, dental implants can take a while due to different phases of the process. On average it may take anywhere from 5 to 8 months from start to finish for dental implants. It may even be longer for those patients requiring extractions and bone grafting. There is a lot of time and healing between each step.
Are dental implants worth the cost?
It is no secret that dental implants can be quite costly. But for many patients, the long list of benefits outweigh the cost. Further, while your implants will last for decades, other alternative tooth replacements will need to be replaced in a few years – and this can end up costing you more in the long run.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?
It depends on the insurance. Sometimes it will cover a portion of the cost for dental implants. Other times, nothing at all. If you have a HSA (Health Savings Account) or an FSA (Flexible Spending Account), you can use these funds to put toward your dental implants.
Contact your insurance provider to find out the specifics of your coverage. Or, if you prefer, the knowledgeable staff at Champagne Smiles can find this information for you.