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If you have lost a tooth or two because of gum disease, trauma, or decay, there are various ways that Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, can help. Led by Dr. Joseph Gargano and Dr. Theodore Gargano, we can help restore your smile with the use of dentures, traditional bridges, and dental crowns. However, there is one option that provides unparalleled longevity and functionality—dental implants. Read on to learn the unique benefits of this treatment option.

Am I an Excellent Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment entails a dentist surgically placing a titanium post (the implant, itself) directly into the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Accordingly, if you’re looking to replace a lost tooth with dental implants, you will have to undergo a comprehensive health exam first. The reason for this is that good candidates for implant surgery are those that are in great oral and general health. You should likewise have adequate jawbone for supporting the dental implant. Fortunately, most adult patients qualify for this treatment upon inspection.

An Overview of The Dental Implant Process

The procedure can be performed right in your dentist’s office, under the guise of local anesthesia. Essentially, a dental implant will replace the tooth roots you lost when you lost a tooth so it will need to be placed surgically into your jawbone.

Dental implants are crafted from titanium and are capable of fusing with your jawbone. This process can take up to two or six months to complete depending on various factors, with bone quality being the most crucial. Once the implant has completely fused with your jawbone, your dentist will then install a tiny connector, called the abutment, that will be used for attaching the crown with your implant. After that, your new tooth will be complete!

Interested in Getting Dental Implants?

Reach out to us here at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT. Schedule an assessment with one of our dentists, Dr. Joseph Gargano or Dr. Theodore Gargano, by calling (203) 239-2356 or (203) 239-3985.

By Gargano Family Dentistry
March 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101.”