East Lyme, CT
Dental implants were founded by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon called Per-Ingvar Branemark. An implant is a surgical fixture that is installed into the jawbone in order to bond with it over time.
What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental implant surgery is a dental procedure that offers a solution for tooth loss. It is performed by placing metal, screw-like posts in the tooth roots that serve as a base for artificial teeth.
You can consider dental implants if you have a tooth or two missing in your mouth. However, your gums and jawbone must be healthy enough to support an implant.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a prosthetic surgical procedure that involves fixing a permanent, same-day replacement for the upper or lower set of teeth using a screw-retained bridge or denture. It is most suited for people who are suffering from tooth loss or decay, or those who cannot opt for conventional dental implants due to jawbone loss.
Dental implants are a popular tooth replacement option, with as many as 5 million implants being placed by dentists in America each year. Here are the top five benefits of dental implants:
|Dental implants are comfortable as they naturally fuse with the jawbone.
|They make it easier to speak as they provide a substance for the tongue to press against while talking.
|Dental implants look just like your natural teeth.
| They prevent bone loss by allowing the jawbone to grow naturally.
|They can be maintained just like your natural teeth by regular brushing and flossing.
Here are some common questions that people ask about dental implants:
Is Dental Implant Surgery Safe?
Dental implant surgery is one of the safest in dentistry. It is the sole procedure that bonds with the natural bone and allows it to grow.
Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?
This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, resulting in little or no discomfort. Implants can also be installed using dental lasers to ensure patient comfort.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
Dental implants cost about as much as a regular, three-tooth bridge. In fact, they actually cost less than a bridge as a bridge usually needs to be replaced at some point.
Due to the technological advancements in dentistry, placing dental implants is no more than a relatively minor surgical procedure. Here are some aftercare tips for dental implants:
|Rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water during the first week following your surgery.
|Avoid chewing hard or sticky food items.
|Take over-the-counter pain relievers in case you feel pain after the anesthetic wears off.
|Avoid smoking or consuming tobacco products until the wound heals completely.
|Wait until a week to begin flossing your teeth.
Implant anchored dentures are snap-on dentures for people who are missing several or all of their natural teeth. The procedure involves four titanium posts being placed across the upper and lower jaw, upon which an abutment is placed for a custom denture to be fixed.
In this procedure, both the implant and the replacement tooth are placed in a single sitting, instead of a gap of 3-6 months. People who have a healthy jawbone and are free from the risk of other oral infections are ideal candidates for immediate implants.
Dental implants offer to restore your bite force and are convenient to take care of. If you have a missing tooth, an implant may be the best solution for you. Schedule an appointment with us at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by calling us at (860) 934-7809 today.