Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the roots of lost teeth. A dental implant, along with a crown built on the implant, replaces a missing tooth or teeth.

Dental Implants and Roots

The key benefit of dental implants over other tooth replacement systems is that an implant connects directly to the jawbone. It’s obviously not the same as the original connection, but functions just the same. When a tooth is lost, bone loss will eventually occur in that region because the root is no longer stimulating and stabilizing the bone. By using titanium (which biochemically joins to bone) to replace the root, you get a bond that more accurately replicates the one found in nature.

When You Lose a Tooth

When you lose a tooth, especially a back tooth, you may feel you don’t need to replace it, since no one can see that it’s missing, and you have plenty of other teeth. However, there is more bone loss going on under the surface once a tooth is lost. Surrounding each tooth is an alveolar bone that supports the tooth and when the tooth is lost, that bone basically melts away. This is why people who have lost most of their teeth and are not wearing dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths.

Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth as well. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, creating aesthetic issues and bite problems. A lost tooth can also affect facial structures such as the jaw, muscles, jaw joints, and even the skin. If several teeth are lost, it’s not uncommon to suffer from social consequences and poor nutrition.

Rebuilding Bone

When the supporting alveolar bone melts away, it’s gone for good, but a skilled dental professional can recreate bone to fuse with and support an implant through grafting. This is wonderful news, but it is still best to have a dental implant as soon as possible after the tooth is lost for the most predictable aesthetic outcome.

Timeline

Replacing a tooth with an implant and a dental crown is not a one-day procedure. The implant needs time to properly adhere to the bone and create a healthy fusion before the crown can be attached and full bite force can be applied. In most cases, it will take a few months to complete the process.

Due to the timeline, dental implants are actually a series of steps; each is very different and may require an individual specialist.

The Dental Implant

The Restoration

A dental crown, bridge, or denture can all be used in combination with a dental implant to replace missing teeth. The type of restoration used will be determined based on the number of missing teeth. AACD dentists are highly qualified to design custom restoration that look and feel like natural teeth for an aesthetic result.

The Abutment

When the implant post fully heals and fuses with the bone, about 2 – 3 months after surgery, an abutment is used to secure the final dental restoration.

The Implant Post

A small threaded screw, the implant post is made from biocompatible titanium. The implant post will be strategically and surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The post acts as a prosthetic root and will naturally fuse with bone creating a lasting bond. 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth? Are you looking to restore your beautiful, natural looking smile?

Dental implants for missing teeth provide exceptional aesthetic results. Made from high-quality dental materials, dental implants look function and feel like just like your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or to secure a bridge or denture for replacing multiple missing teeth. Dr. Robert T. Golia may provide dental implant services or implant secured dental restorations for beautiful results.

If you are missing teeth, dental implants are the most natural way to replace them. Dr. Robert T. Golia is highly trained in creating dental restorations that blend seamlessly with your smile. High-quality dental porcelain is used to create a customized dental restoration that will be supported by the surgically implanted dental implants. Dr. Robert T. Golia and team will work with you to design a dental crown, bridge, or denture that will improve the appearance of your teeth for a confident smile you feel proud to share.

Implants vs. Bridges

Dental implants are actually a series of procedures used to recreate a missing tooth. The key part of a dental implant is the initial titanium implant which sits in the original tooth’s bone pocket, or alveolus. The titanium works well with the bone and actually forms a bond with it over time, much like the original bond between the tooth and the jawbone. This is essential as it prevents bone loss that would normally occur with any other type of tooth replacement. Dental implants are capped with a dental crown, which replicates the enamel or visible portion of a tooth. In many cases the replacement tooth will work just as well if not better than the original tooth.

WHAT IS A FIXED DENTAL BRIDGE?

A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth.

The false tooth or teeth literally bridge the gap between natural teeth. For a long time, fixed bridges were the best alternative for people who had lost teeth, as they were quite successful and aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, bridges can also present some problems because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accept the appliance. This step in the bridge-making procedure may make these teeth prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and the possible need for future root canals.

 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

Implants vs. Dentures

Dental implants can be used to secure a denture in place for a more stable and confident smile. Dental implant-secured dentures can help improve your oral health and the aesthetics of your natural smile. 

Dental implant secured dentures help patients feel more confident in their beautiful smile. 

Dental implant-secured dentures look and feel like natural teeth. Dr. Robert T.. Golia uses high-quality dental materials to create prosthetic teeth that look beautiful and fit securely.

 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

Dentures vs. Implant Dentures

Dentures can be bulky, awkward, and often slip while you are eating or speaking. Patients may feel too self-conscious of their denture to smile or laugh freely. Dentures do not provide stability of the jawbone or prevent gradual facial regression.

For qualifying patients, dental implant supported dentures provided better oral health and a more naturally beautiful smile than traditional dentures. Dr. Robert T. Golia can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Implants require substantial healthy bone tissue for a successful result. If patients do not have enough healthy bone tissue, there are other procedures that may be used to build bone tissue or optimize existing tissue, helping more patients receive the benefits of dental implants.

Implants are surgically implanted into the bone tissue and integrate with the jaw over the course of about 3 – 6 months.  Implants help to regenerate bone tissue preventing facial regression or sagging. Dental implants support the facial structure to help patients maintain a more youthful appearance.

 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.

Dental Implant FAQs

What is the cost involved to get dental implants in the New Haven area?

Most dental implants cost between $5000 and $6,000 which is also factoring in the price of an abutment and crown to complete the restoration. There are many factors that can determine the price. These factors vary by individual case. A comprehensive examination and consultation with the restorative dentist and surgeon are important so that you can get a clear understanding of what is needed for a successful implant restoration.

What can be expected during my dental implant consultation?

The process of implant consideration always starts with the restorative dentist. A comprehensive examination with radiographs (x-rays) and a subsequent consultation will define the potential options. The patient will then be referred to a periodontist or oral surgeon. During that consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your x-rays and get a 3-dimensional image (CBCT) to determine if there is proper bone to serve as the foundation for your implant. It is possible that procedures such as bone grafting and soft tissue grafting, to provide the optimal implant success, may also be discussed. The size and placement of the implant and the potential for a surgical guide will be discussed between the surgeon and your restorative dentist at this time.

How will I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?

A comprehensive examination with a review of your medical history, x-rays, and other diagnostic tools are used to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. A team approach with the restorative dentist and the surgeon is extremely important to properly plan out your treatment.

How long will it take me to return to normal activities after getting dental implants?

Patients are able to return to your regular daily activities soon after having your dental implant placed. You may be asked to restrain from vigorous exercise or activity for a short time and instructed to avoid pressure on the surgical site for 6 weeks or more.

How much pain is involved with dental implants surgery?

The majority of patients experience no pain during dental implant placement and little discomfort post-surgery. If bone grafting is needed, there will be post-operative discomfort. The current types of local anesthesia used are amazing and keep you comfortable during the procedure. You may be prescribed medication to reduce the risk of infection and pain during the recovery period.

Can I get a dental implant and a tooth on it in 1 day or the same visit?

Yes, but only with strict criteria. Pressure on the implant will result in failure so patient compliance is imperative. The implant must have a strong initial bond with the bone. Dense bone is better than less dense bone. The immediate placement and restoration of an implant is usually used in areas of the mouth where aesthetics are a concern. The restorations are always provisional and attached to the implant by a screw. Since it is impossible to know how dense the bone is or how strong the initial bond is, the decision is always made at the time of surgery.

Are same day implants more expensive?

Yes. Since immediate implants and immediate provisionalization is contemplated in aesthetic areas, the technique involved is sophisticated and time-consuming. The provisional is fabricated by hand and designed to shape the gum tissue in preparation for the eventual definitive restoration.

What will I do with my missing tooth while the implant is healing?

When the implants involve posterior teeth or non-aesthetic areas, no temporary is needed. There are many options for temporarily replacing the space where the missing tooth is while the implant is healing. There are “flippers” and Essix appliances which are removable in nature. There are also nonremovable options. Provisional crowns can be placed on immediate implants but strict criteria apply. Semi-permanent bonded options exist also. Your dentist can go over all options with you at your consultation.

What differentiates a dental implant from dentures?

A properly placed and restored dental implant will function and feel like your natural tooth. You will be able to floss around it like your natural teeth and it does not need to be removed daily like a denture. Dentures can be dislodged during chewing and upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth affecting the enjoyment of eating.

What is the difference between a dental implant and a dental bridge?

A dental implant restoration is the 21st century best option for replacement of missing teeth. Missing teeth can be replaced without involving your natural teeth. Since implants can be single units, they look and act like natural teeth. Brushing and flossing are the same as natural teeth. The process of getting implants and restoring them takes much longer. The fixed bridge is a 20th century way to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge requires the dentist to place crowns on the adjacent teeth to serve as anchors (abutments) for the one or more missing tooth/teeth (pontic). This involves irreversibly altering the abutment teeth to bridge the gap where teeth are missing. Fabrication of a bridge takes much less time as compared to implants. Oral hygiene is more demanding and as the gum tissue shrinks over time, food impaction can occur.

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