Dental Implants

If you're missing a tooth, dental implants are a way to restore your mouths functionality. In decades past, most dentists and society have assumed that people have three sets of teeth in their lifetime: their primary teeth, their permanent teeth and then their dentures. Dentures are an uncomfortable, though for many, an inevitable step. There are a variety of options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth such as implants, bridges, and dentures. This is where we come in, offering you the benefits of each option and helping you to pick the best one for your independent case. Our experience and expertise can help you find a fit that you will be satisfied with for a long time.

At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, we can work together with an oral surgeon to permanently replace missing teeth, retain bridges and retain dentures by surgically placing a firm post, known as a dental implant. Dental implants are the closest dental restoration to your original teeth. A dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth root. This can confuse patients who assumed it was used to replace a tooth. A dental implant is placed by an oral surgeon, and works by rebuilding the base, or the foundation, of the missing tooth. When a patient has lost a tooth, they also lose that important structure, known as the root, that stabilized the tooth and created the connection between the tooth and jaw. The implant will then serve as a new root. The implant itself resembles a screw, it is of similar shape, size, and design. Implants are made out of titanium, titanium has been found to be a strong biocompatible metal that is lightweight and durable. With the implant in place, our dentists here at the The Elmwood Dental Group LLC can then restore a custom prosthetic to the implant, giving the patient a permanently stable restoration that does not rely on neighboring teeth.

How Do I Get an Implant

A dental implant is a small titanium post that the oral surgeon places into your lower or upper jaw in place of a tooth that has been extracted or is missing for any number of reasons. It provides the functionality of a normal root of a tooth. The same homecare maintenance is required as a normal tooth; flossing, brushing, and regular check-ups. Dental implants can dramatically improve your health and confidence by allowing you to regain your beautiful and functional smile

It is important to know that not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. We work together with an oral surgeon to determine if you are or are not a candidate. This is determined with an exam of the density of your bone. If you have diminished or thinning bone in either jaw due to anything ranging from bone loss, gum disease, an extended period without a tooth, or even genetics or medication, then the oral surgeon will assist you to explore the options that may help work best for you.

Why would a dental implant fail?

There are so many variables that contribute to the success or failure of an implant that the cause of failure can be difficult to determine. Frequent causes of implant failure are often linked to:
  • Smoking is the most common cause of dental implant failure in the US. Smoking is frequently the underlying cause of many of the following issues.
  • Failed Osseointegration can be the cause of a dental implant being loose or even falling out. Osseointegration is the process by which the bone in the jaw grows around the implant, cementing it into the jaw.
  • Infection can be an issue when bacteria enter the implant site during implant placement. It can also take hold of an implant site while it recovers during the healing process.
  • Nerve or Tissue Damage can cause an implant to be so uncomfortable that it must be removed. This is often caused by unseen or unplanned for nerve positioning.
  • Overloading a dental implant is an issue that can arise when the crown and abutment are placed onto the post at the same time as the post is placed into the jaw. Under certain, rare circumstances, the implant will become overloaded and will interrupt the process of osseointegration.
  • Sinus Issues can arise when the teeth being replaced by implants are the upper molars. If you are a patient where this is a concern, the oral surgeon will address it with you.

What To Do If An Implant Fails

If you experience pain, discomfort, or any of the issues described above, please call us today at (860) 331-8748 to schedule an appointment. We can take steps with an oral surgeon to attempt to save the implant if it’s still in a recoverable state, or remove it and start the planning process for rehabilitation if necessary. Rehabilitation is not always an easy process, but it is one that we feel very comfortable performing.

The rehabilitation process can take some time depending on the root of the cause. Sometimes we will allow the implant site to heal for a month or two before beginning the steps for replacement, other times we can start the rehab process right away.

Learn More About Dental Implants

Replacing multiple teeth with Dental Implants
Dental implants vs. bridges
Dental implants vs. dentures

For more information about dental implant rehabilitation, or for your no obligation consultation, please call us today at (860) 331-8748.
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