Are you embarrassed by a tooth lost due to periodontal disease or some sort of injury? You may be a candidate for a dental implant. What are dental implants?
Dental implants, known more technically as root-form endosseous implants, are used to support crowns, dentures, or implant-supported bridges. In other words, dental prostheses. This includes replacing one or more teeth, all of your teeth, ridge modifications and sinus augmentations. Root-form endosseous means that the ‘root’ that will be implanted resembles the actual tooth root and can be accepted and integrated into the jaw bone. A Brookfield CT dentist, such as New England Dental, can perform the procedure for you.
Used to restore your teeth to a more natural state, dental implants are a long-term solution. They are a healthy and secure alternative to dentures and other prostheses. Not only do they provide you with natural-looking tooth replacements, and allow you to retain your natural, beautiful smile, but they will last facilitate the natural speaking and eating that is often inhibited by tooth loss or dentures.
How is it done? In most cases, parts of the tooth to be replaced still remain in the mouth, and the first step would be to extract those portions to prepare for the implant.
Next, a type of bone graft is placed, and the patient is given a few months to recover.
Once enough strong bone is present for the implant, it is placed with a special drill and tools. The gums are sutured and a temporary denture can be placed while the patient heals another two to six months. Various checkups will take place to ensure that the implant is being correctly integrated and accepted into the jaw bone.
Finally, when the implant is correctly healed and has integrated into the jaw, a prosthetic tooth or crown is placed, and your smile is complete.