Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Philadelphia, PA & Cinnaminson, NJ
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can help restore your smile with prosthetics that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Marc Rothman, DMD, and M. David Kim, DMD, provide high quality dental implant services at Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with two state-of-the-art clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Schedule a dental implant consultation today by booking online or calling either office.
Dental Implants Q&A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that serve as substitute tooth roots. Your oral surgeon inserts them into the areas of your jaw where you’re missing teeth.
As you heal from the procedure, your dental implants fuse with your bone and provide a foundation for a restoration. The restorations available for dental implants include:
- Crown, for replacing a single tooth
- Fixed bridge, for replacing multiple teeth
- Fixed dentures, for replacing all teeth in an arch
- Removable dentures
As a newer and more advanced technology, dental implants replace your missing teeth with a solution that’s more comfortable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
Do dental implants have advantages over traditional restorations?
Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they more effectively replicate the structural design of your natural teeth, which gives them several advantages.
Unlike a traditional bridge or dentures, dental implants stimulate the bone tissue in your jaw, which prevents bone loss typically seen with other restoration options. This, in turn, helps keep your mouth stronger and healthier and preserves your facial structure and appearance.
Dental implants also don’t require your dentist or oral surgeon to alter any of your natural teeth. A traditional bridge, on the other hand, requires the removal of enamel from the teeth next to your missing tooth.
What’s involved with getting dental implants?
Getting dental implants is a team effort between your oral surgeon and your general or restorative dentist. Your oral surgeon performs any necessary extractions or bone grafting and places the implants in your jawbone while your dentist makes and fits the prosthesis that connects to the implant.
The team at Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery performs most of their implant procedures in a special and sterilized operating suite in their office, but they can also do the procedure in a hospital setting if you require special medical or anesthetic needs.
The actual procedure involves making a small incision in your gums to expose your jawbone and placing the implant within. It takes around three months to heal from this surgery, during which time your bone tissue fuses with the implant. Once this happens, your dentist screws an abutment into your implant and attaches your restoration to your abutment.
To learn more about dental implants, or to get started with your procedure, schedule a consultation with Rothman and Kim Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today by calling the office or booking online.