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By Dr. Bruce R. Schechter
June 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Replacing your missing teeth may seem like a particularly confusing task. With several different options, it may be hard to choose the right one for you. Dental implants are the most permanent and effective way to replace your teeth for many reasons. Learn more about dental implants with help from your Milford, CT dentist, Dr. Bruce R. Schechter.Dental Implants

How does the implant process work? 
To properly understand how dental implants work, it is useful to know the three main parts which make up the implant:

  • Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a small, titanium post implanted into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth. This serves as a replacement root for your missing tooth and gives the prosthetic a sturdy foundation on which to attach. Over time, the fixture grows into the bone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth.
  • Abutment: This connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth.
  • Prosthetic: The prosthetic tooth is a porcelain dental crown or bridge created and customized in a dental laboratory. The prosthetic tooth sits on top of the implant’s fixture to replace the tooth itself. 
    The implant process usually takes place in two phases. The first phase includes consultation, preparation, and surgery. The second phase occurs after successful integration of the implant’s fixture and involves the placement of the replacement teeth onto the implants themselves.

Dental Implants in Milford, CT 
Dental implants are beneficial in more ways than one. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants provide the necessary stimulation to keep the bone in your mouth healthy and prevent atrophy. Filling in the gaps in your smile gives your confidence a boost, giving you a smile you love and are proud of. Additionally, dental implants restore the mouth’s bite, making eating and speaking less difficult.

What can dental implants do for me? 
Dental implants fill in your gaps to renew your smile. Single tooth replacement uses one implant to replace one tooth. Multiple tooth replacement uses an implant on either end of a dental bridge to replace several teeth in a row. Implants can also hold a permanent or removable denture in place.

For more information on whether dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Bruce R. Schechter in Milford, CT. Call (203) 878-1787 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!