DENTAL IMPLANTS & MISSING TEETH

Dental implants offer a worry-free alternative to dentures.

VIDEO PRESENTATION: ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS

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To replace missing teeth, you have three choices. You can use fixed bridgework, removable bridgework or dental implants. Each option has advantages and circumstances when they work best.

Getting dental implants can be a gentle and affordable alternative to missing teeth and removable dental work. Our dental implants team has been replacing missing teeth for over 25 years and can offer you the best options for your unique situation. Implants are terrific if you:

  • Have missing teeth, loose dentures or removable bridgework

  • Cannot chew and enjoy your food

  • Feel embarrassed with false teeth that slip

  • Don’t like your smile

  • Have nagging denture sores

For more information about dental implants and other methods for replacing missing teeth please contact us or call us today at (203) 883-4433.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS

Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure, so there is definitely some mild discomfort after the surgical phase, but generally less than a tooth extraction because it is a precise, gentle controlled procedure. After the initial healing phase passes, there is nothing to be fearful of in so far as pain is concerned.

Dental implants can be made to look great. Patients with dental implants report that biting and chewing feel perfectly natural.
Placing an implant requires one surgical visit and several follow up visits to check the healing and remove the sutures. The purpose of the dental implant(s) is to replace missing teeth, so in addition to the surgical placement of the implants, the patient must wait 3 to 6 months while the bone heals and then another month or two for the final dental bridgework.

You cannot be too old for dental implants. The issue is your health. As long as you are  a candidate for elective surgery, you can have dental implants. A person with medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, severe hypertension etc., would not be an appropriate candidate for dental implants.

With regards to being too young, dental implants are usually done for patients whose jaw bones are fully formed, so that would be late teenage years.  If you are not ready yet for implants there are temporary options so you don’t have to go without teeth

Medical conditions that would preclude the placement of dental implants would include people with problems healing, such as people with AIDS and people who are not candidates for elective surgery, such as people who have uncontrolled diabetes, severe high blood pressure or heart disease.

Dental implants are a good way to replace a single missing tooth.

Absolutely.  Dental implants are often used to replace one or several missing teeth when there aren’t sufficient teeth for fixed bridgework.

Many patients who get dental implants do so because they are uncomfortable with the old removable bridgework that they had.
Placing dental implants and then putting a cap on it is a great way to replace a missing tooth if you do not want to put caps on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, or if there aren’t enough strong teeth to support a fixed bridge near the missing tooth. This is especially true if the adjacent teeth are perfectly healthy, straight, decay free-teeth and the patient would rather avoid capping them.

The disadvantage of the implant is that two surgical procedures need to be done to place the implant and then place the supporting post in the implant so that a cap can be placed to replace the missing tooth. This takes several months. And the cost for a dental implant, plus the post and crown,  might be greater than a conventional fixed bridge. If the patient has perfectly good teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, the benefits of not having to cap those teeth may be worth the extra time and expense.

If the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are crooked, decayed or already have big leaking fillings, and need to be capped anyway, it makes no sense to go through the time and expense of a dental implant and then have to cap the adjacent teeth anyway. Also, if there is not an adequate amount of jaw bone to hold the dental implant, bone grafting procedures may need to be done and the patient would need to evaluate the benefits of the implant approach versus the time and expense of the implants and bone graft.

Dental Implants are way to improve your comfort, health and appearance and that is why at Dental Care of Stamford we have a whole team of cosmetic dentists and surgeons to see what is best for your individual  situation and why we offer free consultations.  There are times when dental conditions such as bone loss or gum recession may allow a dentist to use a dental implant to adequately replace a missing tooth but not restore the normal shape and contour of the gum tissue. In the back of the mouth, where it doesn’t show, this may not matter. In the front of the mouth, it could result in a chewing success but an appearance failure. That is one reason why dental implants, as great as they are, are not a panacea for the replacement of all missing teeth.

WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY

Dental Care of Stamford is an excellent dental care provider. I have gone there for many years and have trusted them to take care of my teeth. My hygienist, Irena, is very good and always takes care of me. Very happy with the service I receive there. I would recommend it to anyone.

Verity F.

Hands down the best dentist’s office I’ve been to. I don’t know if I’ve just been going to the really old ’80’s style ones my whole life or what, but this office is clean, professional, and uses the latest high-tech equipment. All the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable, explained what they were doing and why, and made me feel comfortable the entire time. The office looks new and is incredibly clean. I also love their hours. I have a really heavy work schedule, but I can still make appointments as early as 7am and as late as 7:20pm – even weekend hours! I’m definitely sticking with this office. PS – Stacey was my hygienist, and she was amazing!

Maryann C.

Been a patient for about 7 years.  Excellent.  Top quality – go the extra mile to insure job is done right.  Every single person there knows what they are doing and does it well.  Could not be more satisfied.

Bob W.

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To learn more about dental implants and other options to replace missing teeth please call us today at (203) 883-4433.

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