What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots for teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay, gingivitis, or injury. Dental implants create a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
New Haven, CT patients can contact Comprehensive Dental Health to learn more about dental implants at 203-624-5515.
Why should I consider a dental implant?
For many years, the only dental treatment options available for replacing missing teeth were dental bridges and dentures. Dental implants provide a much-needed alternative and are a great idea for many reasons:
- Dental implants do not require removing the enamel off of any of your other teeth, like when you shave a tooth down to make room for a bridge. This means more of your own teeth are left perfectly intact, improving your long-term oral health, as teeth that have been altered to support other cosmetic dental procedures are weaker than a full tooth.
- Dental implants are designed to fuse with bon, so that they become permanent, and they look and feel like your own teeth!
- Since dental implants are permanently attached, you do not have the same discomfort that dentures can cause if they slip while eating or talking.
- With proper oral hygiene, tooth implants can last a lifetime!
What are the steps for getting a dental implant?
The tooth root implant is a small post made of titanium. This tooth root is placed into the bone socket of your missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. Please bear in mind that the healing process from this procedure can take from 6 to 12 weeks. This procedure is also taking place in a dental office setting, and is pain free with the use of local anesthetic.
Once your jawbone has fully healed and the tooth root is securely attached, a small connector post called an abutment, is attached to the tooth root to hold in your new tooth. To make the new tooth implant, Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will make impressions of your teeth and from those impressions, create a model of your bite. The new tooth is based on this model, so it fits perfectly with your mouth. The replacement tooth is then attached to the abutment.
Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. Our dentist will match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth so that they look as good as they feel!
Do you want strong, permanent, and natural-looking teeth? Contact Comprehensive Dental Health today to learn more about dental implants in New Haven, CT!