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Dental Implants for Wall Township

dental crowns digital model No matter how many teeth you are missing, you need to find a replacement promptly to prevent the negative effects of tooth loss. For eligible candidates, there is no better replacement method than dental implants in Wall Township. This option from one of the area’s leading implant dentists, Dr. Edward Dooley, provides a long-lasting solution for one, two, or many missing teeth. Dental implants look, act, and feel just like your natural teeth! Keep reading to learn about dental implants at Dooley Dental, then request a free consultation with your trusted dentist -- for a superior tooth replacement.

Why Choose Dental Implants?

patient on dental exam chair smiling While there are more options in tooth replacement than ever before, dental implants offer without a doubt the most effective solution currently available. Nothing else replaces your missing tooth as well as its stabilizing root, a system that mimics the natural tooth structure so closely patients can resume chewing, speaking, and smiling with complete confidence. Of the numerous benefits of dental implants, some of the most commonly cited include:

  • Stabilize the jawbone for continued oral health
  • Closely mimic the structure of the natural teeth
  • Can correct dental misalignments or prior cosmetic issues
  • Support a variety of prosthetics
  • Restored ability to speak without lisps or whistles
  • Patients can eat what they like, even corn on the cob or biting into fresh apples
  • Do not affect remaining natural teeth
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care

But isn’t a bridge or traditional denture just as good and twice as fast as dental implants? Not really. While they are fine options in tooth replacement and certainly effective for patients who cannot undergo the traditional dental implant procedure, these non-implant-retained options do not provide the stimulation the jawbone needs to thrive. Without it, important nutrients are sent elsewhere, and the jaw slowly diminishes in volume. More tooth loss is likely to occur alongside the sunken, shriveled look we associate with older age. For continued oral and overall health that sticks around for a lifetime to come, dental implants offer unsurpassed success.

What Are the Parts of a Dental Implant?

dental implants model A traditional dental implant is actually made up of three parts. There’s the titanium implant itself, the visible crown or denture, and a connecting abutment that holds the two together. The dental implant is surgically implanted beneath the gum line and allowed to heal together with the jawbone. Once that process is complete, the gum is opened again and the connecting abutment is placed. After another brief healing period, the dental implant is restored with the prosthetic tooth that is affixed on top.

Multiple Options in Dental Implants

You have a number of options for your tooth replacement with dental implants. The one that is best for you depends on how many teeth you are missing and where in the mouth they are located. Dental implants can support anywhere from a single crown to a full denture in the upper or lower jaw.

Your options in dental implant-retained prosthetics include:

Removable dentures

partial dentures A full or partial set of dentures that you can remove for cleaning and before you sleep at night. Snap on dentures support the prosthetic with two to four dental implants; bar retained over dentures support dentures with a bar over the dental implants.

Fixed Dentures

dentist looking at dental implants Dentures that cannot be removed for cleaning. All-on-4 dentures (also known as Teeth in a Day) can secure a loose existing denture and may be completed in just one day.

Single Crown

dental crown in a mold For just one missing tooth, a single crown can restore a dental implant placed anywhere in the jaw.

Fixed Bridges

fixed dental bridge Replace multiple missing teeth with the prosthetic teeth (the bridge) cemented directly over the dental implants.

Process for Dental Implants

digital model of dental implant process If traditional dental implants are the best option for your tooth replacement, you can expect the procedure to take place in two major phases, usually completed over the course of four to eight months. People who have lived for months or years with one or more missing teeth have probably already experienced significant jawbone loss and may need to undergo a bone augmentation procedure to make more room for the dental implants. Bone grafting or sinus lift create the right environment for dental implants, but they usually add months to the total treatment time.

Dr. Dooley can complete the entire process for your new dental implants, from implantation to final restoration, from the comfort of the Dooley Dental practice. Implantation involves the strategic placement of each dental implant beneath the gum line. Dr. Dooley uses precise surgical guides to ensure the dental implant is located just where it should be. Over the course of several months, each dental implant grows together with the jaw bone in the process known as osseointegration. This recovery period is crucial for functional dental implants. You may wear a temporary tooth replacement during the recovery period.

After osseointegration is complete and your dental implants are completely sturdy in your jaw, you return to Dooley Dental for the final restoration. Dr. Dooley will expose each dental implant and attach the abutment. You will undergo another brief healing period, then come back to our office. We will affix your new teeth, and your smile is complete!

A Skilled Implant Dentist inWall Township

Your search for the best dentist to perform your dental implant care is important, and we advise you not to take the decision lightly. You need a qualified, experienced implant dentist in Wall Township, which means you should strongly consider Dr. Dooley and his team of experts to get the job done right the very first time. Dr. Dooley has undergone extensive training in dental implants and has been recognized for his outstanding care. Dr. Dooley is a Fellow of the International Congress for Oral Implantologists -- a special distinction that speaks to the level of care he provides in implant dentistry.

Dr. Dooley and the Dooley Dental team always use the latest technology and methods to ensure our patients receive the best, most comfortable implant care possible. Patients with dental implants in Wall Township know Dooley Dental is a local leader in tooth replacement.

Keeping You Comfortable During Dental Implant Surgery

woman smiling during a dental procedure During your dental implant procedure, Dr. Dooley and our team will make every effort to keep you relaxed and comfortable. We use the most precise anesthetic and sedation options available to ensure that you don’t feel a thing throughout the procedure. We start with local anesthesia to remove all sensation from the treatment area, and we can also supplement local anesthesia with light sedation to help relax your nerves a little bit, too. Please get in touch with us to discuss anesthesia and sedation for dental implant procedures.

Dr. Edward Dooley

dentist near Wall Township Dr. Edward Dooley Dr. Edward Dooley is a New Jersey native, and has been running his own private practice since 1986. After receiving his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, he went on to serve as a Dental Officer in the Navy from 1982-1985. Despite his wealth of experience, Dr. Dooley has logged over 1500 hours of continuing education, and continues to learn from top dental professionals around the world so he can better serve his patients every day. His true goal is to give each one of his patients a healthy, beautiful smile they can be proud of.

Dental Implant Maintenance

Dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper maintenance. While not too common, dental implant failure can occur even after initial success due to a condition known as peri-implantitis. It is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria around the dental implants. Peri-implantitis can be avoided with proper dental hygiene. If you have a removable denture, make sure you clean it properly daily. Clean around your implant abutments as directed to prevent the buildup of harmful biofilm. For fixed prosthetics, brush and floss regularly, and use an interdental cleaner or waterpik for thorough plaque removal.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The total price of your dental implant procedure depends on how many you need, what type of prosthetic the implants are restored with, whether or not you require preparatory procedures like bone augmentation, and other factors. But you can rest assured that no matter the cost of your dental implants, they are the best investment you can make in tooth replacement. That’s because, unlike non-implant retained solutions, dental implants will never have to be replaced to keep up with the diminishing volume of your jawbone. You will pay more upfront for dental implants, but it’s a price that is worth its cost -- and then some -- in the long run.

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

95% of dental implant procedures are successful, but it is important that patients are healthy enough to undergo a surgical procedure before we can begin. Your implant dentist will consider your oral and overall health to determine whether or not you are eligible for dental implants. Patients who have diseases affecting the immune system -- like advanced-stage cancer or uncontrolled diabetes -- may not be able to heal properly. Severe cases of gum disease also affect a patient’s ability to undergo the procedure for dental implants.

The only way to know for sure whether you are a candidate for dental implants is to get in touch with your implant dentist at Dooley Dental.

Request a Free Consultation Today!

If you are missing one or more teeth, you can’t afford to wait to have those gaps filled. Left unreplaced, missing teeth result in diminished jawbone structure and may lead to even more missing teeth later. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your implant dentist -- we offer free consultations for dental implants! Let’s determine if you are a candidate for dental implants today.