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Posts for: October, 2017

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You'd like to have a beautiful, complete smile again. An accident robbed you of a tooth right in the area of your smile people notice most. dental implantsBesides your appearance, how else will these missing teeth impact your oral health? Well, worry no more because Dr. Bruce Schechter can fill those gaps with dental implants in Milford, CT. Reliable and long-lasting, dental implants replace missing teeth amazingly well.

The health effects of missing teeth

Beyond the aesthetics, missing teeth impact your oral health and function. Speech is slurred and eating less efficient when even one tooth remains absent. In addition, a smile gap causes adjoining teeth to drift, weakening the bone, gums and connective tissue (periodontal ligament). Finally, gums and bone deteriorate in size and strength, and facial appearance changes.

The solution

For some patients, conventional bridgework or dentures may work. These prosthetics, however, do not preserve gum and bone density. Plus, they have a limited lifespan.

What's the better solution? Likely, it's the dental implant in Milford. An actual artificial tooth from root to crown, an implant resides in the jawbone for unparalleled stability. Comprised of a titanium metal cylinder, a metal alloy post and realistic crown, the single-tooth implant offers lifelike oral function and greater bone and gum health.

How implants work

Dr. Schechter first examines your mouth to be sure your remaining teeth and gums are healthy. With digital X-rays, he looks at the underlying bone to ensure it is sufficiently large and dense to accept an implant. If it's thin, he may recommend augmentation procedures, such as bone grafting, to strengthen it.

To begin an implant surgery, the dentist administers a local anesthetic. When the area is numb, he incises the gums and places an appropriately sized implant into the bone and closes the site with sutures.

As the implant site heals over the next several weeks and months, something amazing happens, and it's the secret to the success of dental implants. It's called osseointegration, a natural process in which the jawbone bonds to the titanium implant. In fact, bone melds to titanium better than any other metal.

After the site is fully integrated, you return to Dr. Schechter's office. He'll re-open the site and attach the extension post and custom-crafted porcelain crown.

Caring for an implant

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says that your dental implant, or implant-supported bridge or denture, can last a lifetime with proper care including:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque
  • Getting six-month check-ups and hygienic cleanings

Find out more

Learn how to fill your smile gaps. Contact Dr. Schechter's office to arrange an implant consultation. Call (203) 878-1787.