Questions about Dental Implants

General & Cosmetic Dentist serving Hoboken, Jersey City & Hudson County areas of New Jersey


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws which are inserted into your jawbone to serve as an artificial root when replacing a missing tooth. Your new prosthetic tooth, consisting of a dental crown, will rest on a titanium abutment that gets attached to your implant. If you are a suitable candidate, dental implants will provide you with the most effective permanent solution to replace missing teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

In order to be a suitable candidate for dental implants, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have sufficient bone density in your jaw to accommodate the implant
  • You must be willing to invest the 3-6 months it takes to complete the dental implant procedure
  • You do not have periodontal disease
  • You do not have any health conditions which may adversely impact your ability to heal

At your initial consultation, Hoboken implant dentist Dr. Frank DePaola will perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. If not, she may recommend alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures to replace your missing teeth.

What is osseointegration?

After your dental implant is inserted, it will take approximately three to six months for your jawbone to heal. During this time, the implant will fuse with your jawbone, becoming a permanent replacement root. This process is called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, Hoboken implant dentist Dr. Frank DePaola will attach the abutment to your implant and complete the procedure by placing your prosthetic tooth on the abutment.

Will I need a bone graft as part of my dental implant procedure?

In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough jawbone density to support the implant. If you lack sufficient bone structure, you may require a bone graft in order to successfully complete the procedure. However, patients with good bone structure in their jaw will not need a bone graft as part of their dental implant procedure.

Why should I choose The Practice at Maxwell Place to perform my dental implant procedure?

When you work with The Practice at Maxwell Place, your dental implant procedure will be performed by the finest implant dentists in the Hoboken area. All implant procedures are performed by Dr. Sherrill  Fay and Dr. Michael McCleaster . Dr. McCleaster has undergone extensive training in the field of implant dentistry, completing the prestigious implant program at Columbia University in New York City.  This postgraduate dental implant training program enabled Dr. McCleaster to study under the premier implant dentists in the nation. Very few dentists have completed such extensive training in the field of implant dentistry.  Further, Dr. Sherrill Fay, Oral Surgeon, has extensive training and experience as a specialist in the field.

Please contact The Practice at Maxwell Place using the form at the right side of the page or call 201-792-9400 today to schedule your initial dental implant consultation. We proudly serve patients in Hoboken, Jersey City, and throughout Hudson County, New Jersey.