Dental Implants Specialist

R. Craig Miller, DMD -  - Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

The Miller Center

R. Craig Miller, DMD

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Livingston, NJ

If you’re searching for a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth, dental implants are well worth considering. At The Miller Center in Livingston, New Jersey, R. Craig Miller has the skill and experience needed to install gorgeous dental implants that last a lifetime. To explore this option in greater detail, schedule a visit with Dr. Miller today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements that are anchored directly into your jawbone. Once in place, they look and function just like your natural teeth, and require no special care. There are a number of benefits to choosing dental implants over options like dentures and bridgework.

Why is it so important to replace missing teeth?

Each of your teeth is anchored into your jawbone. That connection stimulates your bone tissue each time you bite down or place pressure on your teeth. Stimulation keeps your bone tissue healthy and strong.

When you lose a tooth, that area of your jawbone is no longer stimulated. Over time, the bone can wear away, a process called resorption. This is the process that causes the “sunken in” look that so many denture wearers develop.

One or more missing teeth also affect the positioning of your remaining teeth. Leaving a space open can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of line, altering your bite and changing the amount of pressure placed on your teeth.

What is the process of getting dental implants?

It takes several appointments and interim healing periods before your dental implants are complete. Your initial visit is a consultation and dental exam to ensure you’re a good candidate for dental implants. The Miller Center has an in-house 3D cone beam scanner that creates an X-ray image to determine if you have enough bone tissue to support a dental implant.

During the next visit, you have the option to receive nitrous oxide to help you relax. Dr. Miller carefully opens your gum tissue to gain access to your jawbone, where he drills a small pilot hole to place the implant. Once the implant is secured into your bone, he sutures your gums back into position.

A period of healing follows, which takes 3-6 months, depending on how your body responds to the implant. When you return, Dr. Miller attaches an abutment (or connector) to the implant and then attaches your new crown to that abutment. That process completes your dental implant.

If you have questions or concerns about dental implants, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Miller today, online or over the phone.