If you are missing one tooth or several teeth and are just starting your tooth replacement journey, then booking a consultation is your first step.
The consultation is an important step because it gives our team the opportunity to do a thorough oral examination and discuss your smile. During the discussion, we will also review your medical and dental history, and discuss your goals, concerns, and much more. During the oral exam, the dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to ensure that you are a good candidate for implants.
What Should I expect at My Consultation?
Here are a few things you can expect at your dental implant consultation.
Our dental team will examine your mouth to ensure you are a good candidate for a dental implant. The dentist will be checking the overall health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The X-rays will be taken if necessary. If your situation needs 3D imaging that will provide our team with a complete view of your teeth above and below the gums, soft tissues, nerve paths, and bone density, then only 3D imaging fee will be charged at this consultation.
Each patient is unique and requires a unique solution. After a thorough oral examination, our dental team will discuss your tooth replacement options and provide a treatment recommendation. At this time, we’ll review the various steps involved in the recommended treatment and answer your questions and concerns.
Pricing, Insurance, and Financing
After determining the best treatment option, our team will be able to provide you with pricing for the recommended procedure. We can also answer any pricing-related questions you may have, including what your insurance will and will not cover, as well as your financing options. We do offer customized financial options to fit your budget.
Are you living with missing teeth? Have you been using dentures to replace the gaps in your smile? Dr. Fuming Li provides patients in Millville and Voorhees, NJ with dental implants—the longest lasting solution for missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that fit directly into your jawbone. The implant itself is a titanium post that serves as an artificial tooth root and supports a connective piece, known as an abutment. This connective component secures the prosthetic tooth, often a dental crown or bridge. After the procedure, patients walk out of our office with strong, natural-looking prosthetic teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Support Jawbone Growth – When you lose teeth, the jawbone begins to deteriorate, as it no longer needs to support a root. But because the dental implant fixture acts just like a natural tooth root, your jawbone remains engaged and therefore remains intact.
- Durability – Dental implants become permanent fixtures in your mouth. Where dentures and bridges can slide or become dislodged, dental implants are as secure in your jaw as natural teeth.
- Longevity – Dentures and bridges need to be replaced after several years. Dental implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime if you take proper care of them, saving you time, money and dental visits in the future.
- Natural Look and Feel – Most of our patients notice that dental implants feel and look just like their natural teeth. Because they are implanted directly into the jaw, patients usually don’t even notice them after they’re healed.
Begin The Dental Implant Process with Dr. Fuming Li
Using the dental implant process, we can restore your smile with high-quality dental implants that work and feel just like natural teeth. If you would like to learn more about this treatment and the process behind it, feel free to contact one of our New Jersey offices in Millville and Voorhees and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Fuming Li today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Even if you visit the dentist every 6 months and take care of your teeth, the unforeseeable can still affect your oral health. Car accidents, sports injuries or illness can leave you with a mouthful of damaged teeth, which can make your health and confidence take a nosedive. Luckily, patients in Voorhees, Millville and the surrounding areas in New Jersey can visit Dr. Fuming Li for a full mouth restoration.
What Is a Full-Mouth Restoration?
Although the procedures differ widely based on patients needs, a full-mouth restorations refers to the replacement and/or restoration of a significant number of teeth. It is one of the most difficult procedures in all of dentistry, because each patient has a unique situation, requiring highly personalized and comprehensive care. In each case, however, the goal is to restore functionality to their smiles.
Why Should I Choose A Full-Mouth Reconstruction?
Some patients with badly damaged teeth come to us expecting little or no hope of regaining a confident smile. Other patients are deterred by the required surgical procedures, time and potential cost of full mouth restoration. Given the long-lasting benefits that a full-mouth reconstruction can provide, the reasons for undergoing treatment far outweighs the negative aspects involved. Advantages of fixing multiple broken teeth include:
- Improved speech
- Improved self-esteem
- Protected bite alignment and balance
- Filled in gaps between teeth
- Jawbone preservation
- Reduced the risk of additional tooth loss, bruxism (tooth grinding) and TMJ
- Enhanced bite
Your Full-Mouth Reconstruction Options
Dr. Fuming Li can perform a full mouth dental reconstruction to replace multiple missing teeth and repair extensive damage to your dentition. Depending on your needs, you can incorporate several different dental treatments to utilize throughout your procedure. With virtually endless combinations, your options include:
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can repair and strengthen damaged teeth.
- Dentures: Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace anywhere from a few missing teeth to a full dental arch. Dr. Fuming Li can provide you with a removable set of dentures or implant-supported dentures.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants offer a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Implants are placed into your jawbone and act like natural teeth, allowing you to regain the functionality and aesthetics of a natural smile.
Explore Your Full-Mouth Reconstruction Options Today
If you’re living with badly damaged teeth or tooth loss, you can regain your smile and confidence with a full-mouth restoration. Contact us today at our Voorhees or Millville offices to schedule a consultation with Dr. Li and discover what a full-mouth restoration can do for you.
Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Bone grafting is common in the medical world when bones are missing are not strong enough to heal. At its most basic level, it involves taking bone from one part of the body and moves it to the other.
Your teeth are bones just like any other in your body and can benefit just as much from bone grafting. It is completely safe and much more common than you think.
Why Are Bone Grafts Necessary?
When teeth are missing and not attached to the jaw, the bone is not stimulated and can quickly weaken — so much so that it might not be able to support dental implants when you are ready to have the teeth replaced.
Implants will fail if the jaw cannot support them, so this is an important step to consider. Small bone grafts can be done at the same time as the implants are added, while larger grafts will need to be done in a separate procedure. Either way, we can take care of the bone graft in the office.
Bone grafts come either from your own body or from another person or animal that has been approved and prepared for grafting. Your dentist will determine which of these options will be best for you.
How Bone Grafts Work
Bone grafts typically happen in one of two ways: in the dental socket immediately after the tooth is extracted or through the sinus cavity for areas around the upper jaw.
If you are having a single tooth extracted, the bone graft will likely be applied before the implant. The dentist will make an incision into your gum tissue to expose the bone, secure the bone graft, and then close the incision. All of this is performed under local anesthesia.
For a procedure involving the sinus cavity, the dentist will access it through the implant site or by making another incision through the side of your cheek.
Either way, you’ll receive a temporary crown while you wait for the bone graft to “take” in your mouth before the permanent crown is added on top of the dental implant.
Do You Need a Bone Graft?
Dr.Li will work with you to determine whether your mouth is strong enough to support a dental implant or implants without a bone graft. If we determine that a graft is needed, we’ll be there with you at every step of the process.
Don’t let the prospect of a bone graft prevent you from seeking the dental treatment you need. All it takes is one quick and painless procedure to be on your way to a rejuvenated smile.