Missing teeth are a common oral health issue that can dramatically affect your quality of life. You might even find yourself covering your smile when you speak and laugh.
At Malki Dental, we offer dental implants to help patients with any number of missing teeth restore function and beauty to their smiles.
Why are dental implants the preferred method of tooth replacement?
A Superior Restorative Option
Missing teeth can have devastating consequences on a person’s oral health and self-confidence. If you are impacted by the effects of missing teeth, then consider the most effective treatment available: dental implants. Offered at the New Jersey dentistry practice of Dr. Stephen J. Malki, implants are permanent tooth replacements that look and feel completely natural. Our practice is committed to offering the highest standard of dental care, and this commitment extends to our dental implant services. Our top priority is producing beautiful, functional smiles in a safe, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere.
If you want to learn more about how you can benefit from the restorative abilities of dental implants, contact our dental practice, serving River Edge, Paramus, Oradell, Bergen County and surrounding communities, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malki.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone and anchor prosthetic teeth. Because dental implants integrate with the jawbone, they are more durable and stable than tooth replacement alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures. Replacing missing teeth prevents oral health problems caused by gaps in the mouth, including periodontal disease, bone deterioration, and difficulty chewing or speaking.
With the latest dental technology advancements, implants are safer and more versatile than ever before. They can be used to support a single crown, or anchor a bridge or set of dentures to replace multiple teeth. After your dental implants have been placed, you’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile with renewed confidence.
Additionally, most research has shown that implants have been successful for over 30 years. However, our goal is to make them so they last a lifetime. This is much improved from dentures, which are 5 years, and/or bridges where the expected time of use is between 7-10 years.
Is an Implant Needed for Each Tooth?
It is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an over denture that is supported by only 2-5 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with an implant for each tooth to provide additional strength.
Am I a Candidate For Dental Treatment?
Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes. However, there are few conditions that would keep someone from having implant treatment altogether.
Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add bone or create new bone. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for thousands of patients who would not previously have been considered candidates to have successful implant procedures.
Is There an Age Limit?
Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at, than your age. We currently have patients from 40 years old to 80+ years old. There have been reports of people who are in their 90’s and having this procedure done with no problems.
How Long Will It Take To Complete The Treatment?
You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere between 6-12 months to complete, or as little as 3 months under ideal conditions. This depends on the type, and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed.
There are treatment options that are faster, such as dentures; however, none of these traditional methods prevent bone loss, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.
The Dental Implant Process
Many dentists do not surgically place implants themselves; they usually provide referrals to outside oral surgeons for this portion of the process. However, at our dental practice, Dr. Malki performs each step of the procedure himself. This makes the dental implant experience seamless for our patients. Dr. Malki is one of only a small percentage of dentists in the country with his credentials in implant dentistry, allowing him to place and restore dental implants. You can feel comfortable knowing that you have chosen a highly qualified and skilled implant dentist.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Malki will perform a thorough examination to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. He will review your medical history as well as answer any questions you may have about dental implants. If your jaw has been damaged or atrophied, Dr. Malki may also recommend that you undergo a preliminary procedure such as a sinus lift or a bone graft to ensure the best possible results.
To begin, Dr. Malki will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. He will then make one or more incisions in the gums, which gives him access to the underlying bone. The implants will then be placed in the jawbone through these incisions and attach an abutment, or end cap, to each implant. After the implants and abutments are in place, he can close the incisions in the gums with sutures.
The healing process is perhaps the longest part of the dental implant surgery timeline. Most patients need anywhere from three to six months to heal completely before advancing to the next phase of treatment. During this time, the dental implants fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, creating a permanent and stable foundation for your restorations.
The process of receiving dental implants involves several stages, but Dr. Stephen J. Malki can perform all aspects of dental implant surgery at our River Edge, NJ, practice.
You will meet with Dr. Malki regularly during the recovery period. Once he determines your implants have successfully integrated with your jawbone, he can approve you for the next phase of surgery.
The second procedure in the dental implant surgery process is less extensive than the first. In this procedure, Dr. Malki will re-open the gums to expose the abutments. Most patients need up to a month after this procedure to allow the gums to heal.
After your gums have completely healed, you can come into our office to have impressions of your teeth and gums taken. These impressions will be used to create your final restorations. We offer a wide range of implant-supported restorations—including dentures and crowns—in a variety of materials. You can discuss your options with Dr. Malki to decide which one is best for you. After your impressions have been created, our trusted dental lab can craft your custom restorations in approximately two weeks. When your prosthetic is ready, you can return to our office and Dr. Malki can attach it to the exposed implant abutments.
Is Treatment Painful?
Most of our patients report that they feel very little if any pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.
Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.
Also, if you are especially fearful, phobic, or pain sensitive you have the option of doing the procedures with sedation dentistry.
How this works: We work with an anesthesiologist who can sedate you during the procedure as you rest peacefully while we do our work. With this option you barely remember the procedure the next day, but get a ton of dental work done in just 1 visit.
Finally, to make sure you are comfortable when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription if necessary. Plus we will call to make sure that you are not in any abnormal amounts of discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth, without experience pain or discomfort!
Cost Of Implant Treatment
The only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have bone loss, if you’ll need one, two, or more implants. Obviously, costs vary greatly depending on your needs and desires. So yes, you will need to look at implants as an investment, because it really is a significant decision. It is that: an investment.
A healthy mouth or magnificent dazzling smile pays dividends in many ways for your entire life. Anyway, dental Implants are admittedly not the least expensive option. If you’re primary concern is lowest possible investment, than dental implants are not for you. If on the one hand, a reasonable investment and a fair price is important to you, but on the other hand the best possible outcome, the least pain and discomfort, the most gentle care and highest degree of expertise and professionalism are even more important to you, then implants are for you.
Financing is Available
We also offer third party financing through CareCredit healthcare Financing. These options make dental procedures affordable for any budget. They offer convenient monthly payment options, low fixed rates or interest-free loans to qualified applicants. Either way, you’ll be able to find an option designed to fit within your budget.
We Offer a Warranty
Even though dental implants have over a 95% success rate, there is still a very small chance that they won’t completely bond. When this occurs within the first few years, new implants are placed and the success rates for the replacement implants are even higher.
When we replace the implants, we keep working for FREE until we get it right. The only thing you need to do is make sure you come in for your regular scheduled visits so that we can keep your gums and new teeth healthy, which will prevent most possible problems.
- Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantologists
- Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Master of the Misch International Implant Institute
To schedule a consultation at our practice, request an appointment online or call us at (201) 646-0800.