Dental Implants

Dental Implants – the Ultimate Tooth Replacement Option

Do you miss biting into a crunchy apple or enjoying a bag of potato chips? If you’re missing one or more teeth, gaps can put a damper on what you eat, as well as your confidence and comfort in social situations. Michael Cortese, D.M.D., has an incredible solution – dental implants! No dental solution looks or feels more natural than an implant.

Explore this page to learn more about dental implants at Princeton Prosthodontics, and contact our office in Princeton, New Jersey, for an appointment with Dr. Michael Cortese to discuss how dental implants can work for you.

What is so special about dental implants?

Dental implants look and act exactly like a natural tooth. They attach to the jawbone and anchor a beautiful dental restoration, so no one will be able to tell you have implants.

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How long will my dental implants last?

Dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care and upkeep. Bridges, partials, and dentures typically only last five to 10 years – making implants a smarter solution and better long term investment.

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Will my dental implants ever fail?

Implants will rarely fail; their success rate is as high as 95 percent. Dr. Cortese uses implants crafted from extremely durable materials and placed with remarkable precision.

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How do dental implants help my bone and facial structure?

Dental implants keep the jawbone stimulated, preventing bone deterioration and the loss of bone tissue. With the jawbone intact, patients are able to maintain their facial structure. The implants also keep surrounding teeth from shifting, so they remain aligned and healthy.

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Why are dental implants my best option?

Dental implants are your best option for several reasons; they are:

  • Comfortable
  • Attractive and indistinguishable from natural teeth
  • Stable
  • Secure

Dental implants also:

  • Eliminate discomfort and hassle of missing teeth
  • Last for years (often a lifetime)
  • Preserve bone structure
  • Support the facial structure

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Why should I have the team at Princeton Prosthodontics place my implants?

Princeton Prosthodontics has a long history of placing dental implants for numerous satisfied patients. Our practice is well known throughout the Princeton, New Jersey and New York areas for our expertise.  Maxillofacial prosthodontist Michael Cortese, D.M.D., and his team have an in-depth knowledge of the teeth, jaw, and cranio-facial muscles surrounding the implant site.  This allows us to plan your implant placement to precisely fit your unique jaw and facial structure.

Also, unlike some other practices, we handle all aspects of the implant placement and restoration processes. We are a one-stop shop, meaning that patients can have implants placed here at our office by one of our two implant specialists; receive a complete restoration in one day with “same-day teeth;” or receive a total smile makeover.

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Am I candidate for dental implants?

Appropriate candidates have one or more natural teeth that are:

  • Missing
  • Badly fractured
  • Decayed
  • About to fall out

Dental implants are not suitable for individuals with extensive bone loss.

Schedule an appointment with our experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Cortese, to find out if you can benefit from dental implants.

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Am I ever too old for dental implants?

No, but bone health is an important factor, and it tends to diminish with age. Our team will carefully evaluate your overall dental health and bone condition to determine your candidacy for implants.

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How long will it take to place my implants?

Dental implants are placed in only one or two visits to our office, depending on the type of dental implants being placed.  Traditional dental implants take two office visits (with several months between visits), while “same day teeth” are placed in just one visit.

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How does Dr. Cortese place my implants?

To begin the placement process, Dr. Cortese first administers a local anesthetic.  Once the mouth is completely numb, he makes a small incision in the gum tissue.  Next, he carefully inserts the implant into the jawbone.

The next step depends on whether the patient is receiving traditional or “same day” implants.

  • With traditional implants, Dr. Cortese completes the first dental visit by covering the implant site with gum tissue, suturing it, and allowing it to heal for several months.  The patient wears a temporary restoration until the implant site heals, at which point he or she will return for the second visit to have the restoration placed.
  • Same day teeth are placed in one visit! Dr. Cortese anchors the tooth restoration to the implant during the same visit, instead of waiting for the implant to heal. You will leave our office with a fully restored, beautiful tooth.

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Will it hurt when my dental implants are placed?

Our office uses a variety of pain management techniques to ensure any pain or discomfort is kept to a minimum during surgery to place dental implants.  We administer a powerful anesthetic to completely numb the mouth, and we offer sedatives to minimize dental anxiety.

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What are my alternatives to dental implants?

Some alternatives to dental implants include dental bridges, crowns, and dentures. Depending on your needs, one of these options may be more appropriate for you. Dr. Cortese and his team will carefully evaluate your situation to help you choose the best treatment.

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What will you suggest if I am not a candidate for dental implants?

If a patient does not have adequate bone tissue to support the implant, or if financing is an issue, a tooth-supported restoration may be the more realistic option.

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How much will my dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants varies according to the type of implant, the number of implants being placed, the procedures required for placement, your insurance coverage, and other factors. Please consider that, in the long run, implant-supported restorations are generally well worth the investment, as they require less upkeep, fewer replacements, and prevent many gum- and bone-health problems associated with tooth-supported restorations.

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Will my insurance cover implants?

Typically, insurance does not cover the cost of dental implants, although it ultimately depends on your coverage. Many insurance companies will cover the cost of the lowest-cost alternative and possibly some diagnostic procedures.

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Contact Princeton Prosthodontics

If you are ready to start eating, smiling, and speaking with a full set of teeth, dental implants are among your best options. We welcome you to contact our office in Princeton, New Jersey, for more information, or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Cortese to discuss whether implants are for you.

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