Dental Implants

James P. McMenamin, DMD -  - Maxillofacial Surgeon

James P. McMenamin, DMD

Maxillofacial Surgeon & Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Warren, NJ

If you’re missing teeth, dental implants offer a modern solution to restore your smile. James McMenamin, DMD, is an exceptional oral surgeon who provides high-quality dental implants to his patients in Warren, New Jersey. Schedule an appointment today by calling the office or request an appointment online and let Dr. McMenamin improve your smile with dental implants.

Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts or screws that Dr. McMenamin surgically inserts into your jaw. They’re made from biocompatible materials like titanium or ceramic, which enables them to fuse with your jawbone.

Once your dental implants fuse, they function just like artificial tooth roots by providing your jawbone with healthy stimulation and serving as a strong foundation for a restoration like a crown, bridge, or dentures.

Dental implants are one of the most technologically advanced ways to replace your missing teeth. By mimicking the structure and function of your natural tooth roots, they provide a tooth replacement option that’s more comfortable, attractive, and healthy for your smile.

What can dental implants do for me?

Dental implants accomplish a variety of functions for your smile like:

  • Replacing a missing tooth or teeth
  • Keeping your smile aligned by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting
  • Eliminating joint pain
  • Restoring your confidence in your smile
  • Making it easier for you to speak and chew
  • Supporting dentures for a more secure and comfortable fit

Implants also have significant advantages over other restorative options like traditional bridges and dentures.

Unlike a traditional bridge, Dr. McMenamin can install your dental implant without removing enamel from any of your teeth. And unlike dentures, dental implants provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation, preventing the bone loss that typically happens when you wear dentures for too long.

How do I get dental implants?

Dr. McMenamin installs your dental implants over the course of several months.

During your first visit, he evaluates the ability of your mouth to support implants. He takes X-rays and impressions to assess if you have enough bone, gum tissue, and spacing for an implant. If you lack bone tissue, he can suggest doing a bone graft before you get your implants.

Once your mouth is ready for implants, Dr. McMenamin makes a small incision in your gum, drills a hole in your jawbone, and inserts the implant. As you heal over the following months, your implant fuses with your jaw.

Depending on the type of implants you get, you might need a second surgery to connect your abutment. The abutment is a small post that attaches to your implant, sticks up out of your gum, and links to your restoration. Some implants have the abutment already attached so that they don’t require this second surgery.

After your abutment is in place, Dr. McMenamin takes an impression of your smile. He sends that impression to a lab that uses it to make your restoration. When your crown, bridge, or dentures are ready, he fits it to your abutment, finishing your smile restoration.

Book your dental implant consultation today by calling Dr. McMenamin’s office or request an appointment online today.