Missing teeth can diminish the appearance of a smile. More importantly, however, gaps and spaces can compromise your dental function and overall oral health. Dental implants are widely regarded as the most reliable teeth replacement option available today. At our Monroe, CT practice, Drs. John G. Fatse and John S. Scovic can complete all phases of dental implant treatment in one convenient location. Here, we will explore the dental implant treatment process as well as benefits and candidacy.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Patients in good general and oral health are typically eligible for dental implant treatment. Candidates should be free from gum disease, extensive decay, and other serious dental issues. In addition, they should not have any health condition that would hinder the healing process or make surgery a risk, such as uncontrolled diabetes.
Individuals considering dental implants should not smoke and must have sufficient bone density and volume. If you are lacking adequate bone tissue, a bone grafting procedure can increase your eligibility for implants.
What to Expect during Treatment
Before you can undergo dental implant surgery, your doctor must see you for a comprehensive examination. During this visit, Dr. Fatse or Dr. Scovic will assess the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Next, a personalized treatment plan will be created to meet your needs.
The day of your implant surgery, you will be escorted to one of our comfortable treatment rooms. General steps to the procedure include:
- Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, the gums will be numbed with local anesthesia.
- Incisions: Your doctor will create a small incision in the gums to access the jawbone.
- Implant placement: After preparing the site to the proper depth and diameter, the implant will be placed into the jawbone.
- Healing period: Once the implants have been placed, most patients require a healing period to allow for osseointegration. During this process, the bone tissue fuses to the implant surface for stability. This takes approximately three to six months.
- Abutment placement: After osseointegration has occurred, an abutment, or small connector post, will be added to the implant. This will extend slightly beyond the gum line so your final restoration can be attached.
- Placement of final restoration: Finally, your custom-made restoration will be connected to the implant. The result is a beautiful, functional, healthy smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Individuals who choose dental implants can enjoy a wide range of benefits. These include:
- Improved appearance: Dental implants are not your natural teeth, but they are the next best thing. Once placed, implants look and feel incredibly lifelike.
- Optimal oral health: When a tooth is lost, bone atrophy occurs in the area over time. Because dental implants restore missing teeth roots, the risk of jawbone atrophy is reduced significantly.
- Durability: Alternative teeth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, will need to be replaced at some point. In contrast, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Enhanced self-confidence: Dental implants complete your smile and give you the confidence necessary to take on the world.
Learn More about Dental Implants
Are missing teeth compromising your quality of life? If so, find out what dental implants can do for you. To schedule an appointment, or learn more, contact us online or give us a call at (203) 268-5051.