If you’re one of the more than 35 million Americans missing at least one tooth, you should consider dental implants as a prosthetic replacement option. The dentists at Integrity Dental of Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut, provide dental implants to replace your missing teeth, restore your smile, and protect your oral health. Call Integrity Dental of Greenwich or make an appointment online today to find out if dental implants are right for you.
A dental implant is a titanium post implanted directly into your jawbone, where it acts as a tooth root. A custom made porcelain crown made to blend with your natural teeth is then fixed onto the implant replacing a missing tooth.
Dental implants provide a number of benefits. In addition to providing a prosthetic tooth that looks so real that no one will ever know it’s fake, a dental implant is a permanent tooth-replacement option that should last a lifetime with proper care.
Dental implants don’t require any special care. You simply brush for two minutes twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also continue to have routine dental checkups. Dental implants aren’t vulnerable to decay, but your dentist still needs to monitor your remaining natural teeth and the health of your gums and jaw.
Also, dental implants support jawbone health. Dental implants are substitute tooth roots, providing the same function as natural tooth roots, including stimulating the bone, thereby preserving it and preventing bond deterioration that would normally occur with tooth loss.
The dental implant process can take several months, depending on factors such as your jaw strength and how long it takes your body to heal between steps.
Your first step is a comprehensive exam with one of the expert oral surgeons used by Integrity Dental of Greenwich. The surgeon uses X-rays and digital imaging to examine your jaw and remaining natural teeth. If you have bone loss in your jaw, they begin with a bone grafting procedure to ensure your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants.
When your dentist is satisfied that your jaw is strong enough to support implants, they surgically implant the titanium posts into your jawbone. After implantation, you wait up to a few months while your mouth heals and the titanium bonds with your bone in a process called osseointegration.
When your posts are secure, your dentist takes molds or images of your teeth and jaw, which are used by a dental lab to create your crowns.
Finally, when your crowns are ready and your gums and jaw have recovered from the abutment placement, your dentist fits your dental crowns onto the tops of your implants.
Call Integrity Dental of Greenwich or schedule a consultation online today to find out how dental implants can restore your smile and dental health.