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Dental Implants: Fill the Gap in Your Smile

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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.

Video: Dental Implants

Dr. Goodman discusses the benefits of dental implants, including their longevity, stability, and ability to blend seamlessly with natural teeth. He also addresses the evolution of dental implants and how they have transformed the way smiles are reconstructed. If you are ready to discuss a viable solution for tooth loss, contact our Kansas City dentist today!

Placing Dental Implants

The procedure for placing dental implants is more involved than other restorative treatments, and is handled carefully by our Kansas City dentist and a specialized oral surgeon. Of course, the process varies slightly depending on the type of implant restoration elected. Additionally, some patients may first require prerequisite procedures to strengthen the jaw before implants are placed. Once a healthy foundation is achieved, the treatment basically consists of the following three stages:

Step 1: Oral Surgery

The purpose of oral surgery for dental implants is to insert the titanium post into the jawbone, which will serve as the tooth root substitute. The referred oral surgeon will need to make an incision in the area of the gums with the missing tooth. Once the jawbone is exposed, the oral surgeon will use a drill to make the holes to accommodate the dental implant, which will then be inserted. Any incisions may be closed with stitches. For the comfort of the patient, this procedure is performed under anesthesia.

Step 2: Osseointegration

Osseointegration refers to a healing process that may take 3 to 6 months. During this phase, the jaw bone and surrounding gums must fuse to the inserted titanium post. Temporary restorations, such as bridges or dentures, may be needed to assist you through this time, depending on the extent of the case.

Step 3: Implant Restoration

Once the bone has successfully bonded to the implant, it will be time to place the customized prosthetic tooth at our office! The oral surgeon will first need to make an incision in the gum to expose the implant. Then, he will secure the tooth replacement to the metal connector. Once this is completed, an impression for the restorative crown or implant dentures will be taken and final abutment (if required) and then seated within about 2 weeks. 

Learn More about Dental Implants

If you are ready to discuss a viable solution for tooth loss, please contact our Kansas City dental office. Dr. Goodman would be happy to evaluate whether dental implants are a good fit for your smile and explain the benefits and risks and associated costs. Patients in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas may be pleased to learn that this treatment may be combined with many cosmetic dentistry options as well.

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