When it comes to health and appearance, you shouldn’t trust your smile to just anyone. You should choose your dentist based on training, experience and the most advanced resources available.

Michael Bixby is highly trained in comprehensive and cosmetic dental care in NJ. And our team strives to make sure you feel at home during your visit.

Dr. Michael Bixby graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Bringing his passion for technology and quality dentistry, he joined his father in practice in 1998.

Never complacent in his pursuit of excellence, Dr. Bixby sought post-doctorate training in advanced dentistry. To date he has attended the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the world-renowned educational center for aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry. He has also completed courses at the Creating Restorative Excellence Center for Advanced Dental Learning and is certified in laser dentistry.

Through his vast educational experience, Dr. Bixby has realized that cosmetic dentistry is more than designing an attractive smile; it’s comprehensive dentistry. The advanced cosmetic dentistry he practices takes into consideration the teeth, bones, gums and bite in relation to the rest of the body. This approach allows Dr. Bixby to resolve patients’ dental needs in an attractive and enduring manner.

Dr. Bixby is a member of the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Bixby is one of a few certified dentists, “World-wide”, for the PX3 Custom Mouthwear.

When not in the office, Dr. Bixby enjoys golf, skiing, cycling and just being outdoors. He and his wife, Sue, have two children, Matthew and Erin.

Dr. Michael Bixby has been providing comprehensive dental services to patients in the Red Bank area since 1998. He is proud to be affiliated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • The Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines

Dental Implants :

Tooth loss can make it difficult to chew, enunciate, or smile with confidence. Without the help of a dentist, the side effects can worsen.

At the Michael Bixby Center for Advanced Dentistry, we coordinate your dental implants treatment to improve your smile’s form and function.

Find out why so many patients of our Red Bank, New Jersey, dental office are choosing implants for their restorative dentistry treatment…

Benefits of Implants :

Long-Lasting Support

With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Because titanium is biocompatible, it fuses with your bone tissue and creates a stable, secure foundation for the long-lasting success of your restored smile.

Natural Feel

Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to natural teeth. They are incredibly stable, allowing patients to eat, laugh, and speak without worrying their dentures will slip out of place.

Prevent Bone Recession

Implants can help maintain your jawbone and facial features. Unlike any other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants prevent the jawbone deterioration that accompanies the long-term absence of tooth roots.

What exactly are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small, threaded titanium post that is surgically embedded in the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. The implant naturally fuses with your jawbone during a process known as osseointegration to become a solid anchor for your restorations.

When the process of osseointegration is complete, your dentist will place an abutment at the top of your implant. Together, the implant and abutment will support your final restoration. Dental implants and abutments can be used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures, which are all custom-made to replicate the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.

Missing teeth can compromise the enjoyment of eating your favorite foods, and speaking and laughing with others. If you are ready to restore your smile and your quality of life, dental implants can help. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace lost tooth roots and provide the ultimate anchor for dentures and crowns. Dr. Michael Bixby can coordinate a dental implants procedure for you at his practice serving Red Bank and the greater Monmouth County area to restore your oral health and the appearance of your smile. To learn more, contact our practice today and schedule your consultation.

Q What is an implant dentist or implantologist?

Implant dentist and implantologist are synonymous. Any general dentist can be an implant dentist and perform both surgery and placement of dental implant restorations. However, most general practitioners place implant restorations, meaning the crown, bridge, partial, or denture that fits on implant posts. A good number of general dentists prefer to refer the surgical phase of an implant case to an oral surgeon or periodontist.

Q Do I need an implant to replace each of my missing teeth?

No. One implant post can hold one implant restoration, or crown. Two implants may secure a bridge or partial. Four to six implants are often sufficient to stabilize an upper or lower denture.

Q Does implant surgery hurt?

Like all oral surgeries, implant placement is performed with anesthesia. Some dentists use nitrous oxide and local anesthetic, while others prefer to deliver oral sedation, conscious sedation (oral and nitrous oxide), or IV sedation when placing implants. Most patients report post-procedure pain, and dentists commonly prescribe over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and a special diet during the first few days after surgery. The diet should include a good amount of water, no use of a straw, and soft, cool foods that don't need to be chewed. Soups, yogurt, hummus, and guacamole are good examples of tolerable foods after implant surgery. Do not chew on the implant or implant restoration until the dentist tells you to do so. If your implant abutment or restoration dislodges, contact your implant dentist immediately so that it can be reattached.

A bit of bleeding or oozing is normal, and the patient can bite on gauze or a moist teabag for about a half hour to reduce bleeding or oozing. After implant surgery, smoking is strictly prohibited during healing. Stitches will naturally dissolve in about a week, but if they come loose before this time, the patient should not worry unless excessive bleeding occurs. Swelling will subside in approximately 24 to 48 hours following surgery and can be minimized by applying an ice pack to the outside of the cheek, over the area where the implant was placed. To aid healing, elevate the head at a 45-degree angle when lying down.

An implant patient should rinse the mouth with room-temperature salt water three times per day for about a week, and brushing can resume the day following surgery. Be cautious not to scratch or irritate the implant surgery site while the mouth heals. Dentures and partials should not be replaced without the consent of your dentist. Implant patients should attend all follow-up appointments on time, as directed by the dentist, to ensure optimal results from implant placement surgery.

Q Will implants make dentures more comfortable?

With traditional dentures, the underlining rests on the gums, on natural ridges. For upper dentures, natural suction or adhesive creates stability; for lower dentures, adhesive is required. Over time, friction between the denture underlining and gums causes natural bony ridges to flatten. When this occurs, dentures must be relined for a more accurate fit. Ultimately, the gum ridges completely wear down, and the gums become smooth and flat, and dentures, even with adhesive, become chronically loose or wobbly. The potential for slippage increases. In other cases, patients never find a comfortable fit with a denture. Because implant-retained dentures snap or are affixed to posts anchored in the jaw, they will not loosen, wobble, or come loose. They usually fit comfortably, from day one. Furthermore, because of their stability, implant dentures make the patient feel more confident and comfortable in public, particularly when dining out.

Q Are implant dentures removable or fixed?

Either. Your implantologist will discuss your preference and explain the pros and cons of fixed and removable dentures. You can then decide which option will work best with your lifestyle.

Q When are mini dental implants a good choice?

Miniature dental implants are best reserved for older patients who have poor jawbone density, but cannot endure bone grafting surgery.

Q How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental implants varies significantly, based on a number of factors. The patient's health, and whether prerequisite procedures are necessary, certainly affect price. The number of implants required, as well as the type and quality of the prosthetic, also influence cost. Location, and local economy, are often factors in implant pricing, as is the doctor's training and expertise. The most important consideration for the potential implant patient should be peace of mind. You need to feel confident in your implant dentist and comfortable in his or her office. Ultimately, because dental implants greatly enhance quality of life and confidence, and because they can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral health, dental implants are a cost-effective, logical solution to replace missing teeth.

Q Will insurance pay for dental implants?

Dental and medical insurance policies can be extremely diverse in their coverage. In some cases, dental insurance will cover all or part of the cost of prosthetics, and medical insurance will cover all or part of implant placement surgery. However, not all insurances cover dental implants. Most dentist offices accept credit cards and offer payment options through third-party banks or in-house financing.

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