Dental Implants

Dental Implants: The Best Solution for Patients with Missing Teeth

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If you are interested in treatment to replace one or more missing teeth, Dr. Andrew I. Brafman can restore your dental implants at his West Orange, NJ, practice. The most advanced treatment for tooth replacement available, dental implants serve the role of missing tooth roots and provide unmatched support for permanent dental restorations. Dental implants also offer additional oral health benefits by helping to retain bone mass in the jaw. As an experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Brafman relies on proven, well-researched dental implant technologies to provide patients with the best possible results. To learn more about how dental implants can help restore the look and function of your smile, reach out to our practice today.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed in the jawbone. As the implants heal over the course of four to six months, they fuse with the surrounding bone through a process known as osseointegration. Once this process is complete, Dr. Brafman can use a single implant to support a dental crown, or several implants to support a dental bridge or denture. Your restoration will be supported by artificial tooth roots, so it will not move or slip out of position. As a result, you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Dental implants also offer unique benefits to a patient's oral health. After losing a tooth, the surrounding area of the jaw will no longer receive proper stimulation. This eventually causes the jaw to atrophy, or shrink, which can lead to more extensive tooth loss over time. Since implants fuse with the natural bone, they help return stimulation to the jaw and halt this bone atrophy.

Types of Dental Implants

Dr. Brafman can recommend different types of dental implants to meet the diverse needs of his patients. In order to qualify for traditional dental implants, patients must have sufficient jawbone density to support the metal posts. Fortunately, advances in technology have allowed more patients than ever to enjoy the benefits of implant-supported restorations. If you are seeking to restore up to an entire arch of teeth, your doctor may use innovative All-on-4® implants to secure a complete denture with only four implants. For the right patients, immediate implants can support a restoration on the same day as your surgery. Dr. Brafman can review the benefits of each type of implant to identify the treatment that will best achieve your goals.

The Placement Process

Treatment with dental implants is a collaborative effort between Dr. Brafman, local periodontists, and oral surgeons who place implants. After Dr. Brafman has designed your custom treatment plan, you will visit the periodontist to have the implants surgically placed. Once the implants have integrated with the jaw after several months, Dr. Brafman will place a crown, denture, or bridge that will blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. After treatment is complete, you can enjoy a beautiful smile with renewed strength and esthetic appeal.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Brafman

As a skilled and experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Brafman is an expert at creating a balance between the functionality and esthetics of your smile. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental implants.