When a child's primary teeth fall off naturally, it does not normally cause a big concern. However, it becomes a different story when an adult loses their permanent teeth due to decay, genetics, excessive wear, trauma, or natural aging.
Loss of a tooth can significantly impact a person's dental health and self-confidence. For years, the only available options for people to replace their missing teeth were removable dentures and dental bridges. However, these replacements have significant drawbacks causing discomforts to the wearer.
Now, dental implants have become an effective solution to replace people's missing teeth permanently.
Dental implantsare titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the patient's jawbone beneath the gums. Once placed, dental implants allow the dentist to mount a dental prosthesis such as replacement teeth onto them.
The dentist places an endosteal implant by surgically inserting it into the jawbone. Once the healing of the surrounding gum tissue is completed, another surgery is required to join a post to the original implant. As the final step, an artificial tooth is attached to the post.
If the patient needs dental implants but doesn't have adequate healthy jawbone to support them, subperiosteal implants may be the right option. Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants comprise a metal frame designed to fit onto the jawbone just beneath the gum tissue. This metal frame consists of a series of posts used to support the placement of a replacement prosthetic, including a crown, denture, or bridge.
The placement of a dental implant starts with the patient's consultation with our dental expert. Implants can either be placed immediately after the tooth extraction or a few weeks later. If the patient's jaw bone is not strong enough to accept an implant, they may need bone grafting to strengthen the area. If the bone grafting procedure is performed, the patient will have to wait for a couple of months for the implant surgery to allow the bone grafting to heal.
After administering local anesthesia, the dentist will place a titanium screw surgically into the patient's jawbone during the implant procedure. The natural process of implant fusing to the bone begins once the implant has been fitted, and the surrounding soft tissue will cover the implant.
After the gums have healed and the implant is completely fused to the bone, an abutment will be fixed on the implant, connecting it to a crown. The crown restores the color, size, and look of your teeth.
Call Ideal Smiles of Stamford at (203) 359-2222 or schedule an online appointment to know more about Dental Implants.
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Ideal Smiles is situated in the heart of Stamford. We have been proudly serving the community in and around Stamford for almost a decade with our most advanced and best quality dental treatments. We welcome patients of all ages.
We offer comprehensive dental care and a wide range of services, from cosmetic dentistry to restorative dentistry. We also educate our patients about preventative care and consider it as one of the most important dental services to be taken care of.
Dr. Silva and our experienced team are always dedicated to giving you the personalized, gentle care you deserve. We love to see you smile, and so, we are committed to providing the highest quality dental care and a confident, beautiful smile you love. We strive to make your dental experience as pleasant and safe as possible.