What options do you have for replacing a missing tooth? Dental implants are the only solution that helps preserve natural bone density and can accommodate the needs of a wide range of patients. They have grown increasingly popular to restore bite strength and reverse jawbone loss.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Strong, durable and built to last, dental implants:
- Are the closest you can get to fully functioning teeth
- Look completely natural
- Come in a variety of solutions
- Do not affect the way you eat, smile or talk
- Help stimulate natural bone growth to combat jawbone loss
- Keep surrounding teeth in place to prevent long-term jaw stress
- Are better for dental hygiene
How the Process Works
We’ll start with an initial consultation to explore your options and see if you’re a candidate for dental implants based on your medical and dental history.
Each solution generally involves:
- Implants that act as artificial tooth roots. Placed into your jawbone, they bond with your body’s natural bone and offer support for one or more artificial teeth.
- An abutment, which is a connector added on top of the implants to support the crowns.
- Crowns, which are custom made to match your teeth and fit into your mouth.
Our team uses guided implant placement, including 3-D cone beams, virtual treatment planning and other high-tech tools to create an individual implant placement map for each patient. This helps determine each implant’s proper location in relation to use, appearance and long-term wear. The crown may not be placed right away, particularly if a patient has to wait for osseointegration – when the bone grows around the implant – before the replacement tooth can be added.
Dental Implant Options
If a single tooth needs to be replaced, this solution adds one implant to support a crown. This procedure involves placing a tiny, biocompatible titanium screw into your jawbone, where it’s covered with a healing cap or cover screw. Over the next few weeks, the implant fuses to the bone and, once it reaches this stage, we remove the temporary cover, put the abutment in place and add the crown on top. Read More
This solution addresses multiple missing teeth in a row. Instead of implanting individual teeth, two dental implants support and suspend both ends of the bridge. The result looks completely natural and restores nearly all function. Read More
An alternative to traditional dentures, this system attaches a full row of teeth through one of two methods. Two implants help hold a set of removable dentures in place, or a group of implants permanently secures a full, fixed arch of teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, these greatly improve bite strength and are less likely to slip or pinch. Read More
Is the space between your natural teeth narrow or you have a smaller jaw? If the wait time for traditional implants is less-than-ideal in your situation, consider mini dental implants (MDIs). This minimally invasive procedure places smaller sized implants same-day. Read More
Full Arch with Four Implants
Are you missing complete rows of teeth along your upper or lower arch? Four immediate-load implants fill this area and restore your bite in one simplified procedure. We extract any failing teeth and implant a full, fixed row in a single day.
We use high-tech tools, including 3-D cone beam scanning and virtual treatment planning, to design a personalized implant placement map. Combined with our clinical skills and extensive experience, this ensures each implant is located and positioned to optimize function, aesthetics and longevity. Read More
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate fits the following criteria:
- In good health
- Has a jawbone strong enough to support implants
- Does not smoke or chew tobacco
Although implants aren’t off the table, certain conditions may prevent them from being successful:
- Chronic illness that slows healing
- Bone loss in the jawbone
- Regularly smoke or chew tobacco
- Diabetes or high blood pressure
- Gum disease or tooth decay – need to be fully treated first
Experiencing an issue with your dental implant? We see emergencies same day!
Contact Smile Dental Center at 203-712-7726 today to learn more about your options for dental implants and schedule an appointment!