LOOKING FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS NEAR YOU IN STRATFORD, CT?
Hawley Lane Dental is a dedicated provider of dental implants near you in Stratford CT, Trumbull, and Bridgeport. Losing a tooth is devastating but with the invention of dental implants, tooth loss can be as temporary as the simplest of cavities. Dental Implants are a great alternative to the traditional bridges or dentures when replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridgework or dentures which can affect the adjacent teeth over time, teeth implants are freestanding and as a result, may not lead to problems with your other teeth.
Our implant dentist, Dr. Kristy Gretzula, is a member of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry. She is continually voted “Top Dentist” by Westport Magazine, reflecting her skill and experience in both patient and dental care.
If you need a dentist for teeth implants in Connecticut please don’t hesitate to call us (203-377-9300) or send us a message to arrange a consultation.
- What are Dental Implants?
- What is the Average Cost for Dental Implants in Stratford?
- Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Procedure
- Types of Implants
- Dental Implant Problems
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental Implants may be used to permanently anchor crowns, bridges, or dentures for damaged teeth. When used for crowns or bridges they consist of three parts: the body (single or multiple), the abutment(s), and the crown or bridge. The implant body is commonly referred to as the “implant.” It is a metal (usually titanium) post that is placed below the level of the gum, into the bone. The abutment is then attached to the implant to be visible above the gum; it is what holds the crown in place. The crown is then cemented onto the abutment.
The most common type of implant is used to replace a single tooth. Most patients who choose implants do so because they do not wish to have their natural teeth cut down for a fixed bridge. The implant allows them to replace their missing tooth while saving their own surrounding teeth.
Many patients in Stratford also choose dental implants so as not to have to worry about the long term replacement cost. Tooth supported bridges and dentures need to be replaced over time due to wear and loss of integrity. When cared for properly, dental implants should not have to be replaced.
While dental implants may be a larger investment of time and money, the long-term benefits usually outweigh the initial cost of treatment.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE COST FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS IN STRATFORD?
We are often asked, how much are dental implants? Like any other dental procedure, the cost of a dental implant can vary based on a number of factors. The average cost can range from $2,500 to $6,000, but typically starting around the $3700 price point. In some cases, insurance may provide benefits toward an implant, but the majority do not. Our office offers payment plans and financing through Chase and CareCredit.
Initially, the investment of a dental implant may seem higher than a denture or a bridge. The cost difference can make dentures or bridges more attractive options however, the dental implant can last a lifetime. Since a bridge or denture may need replacing sooner, they can actually cost more money over time making dental implants the more affordable option in the long run.
Many dental insurance plans have started covering a portion of the cost of dental implants and implant crowns so be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if you’re covered.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons including gum disease, fracture, abscess, facial trauma, or cavities. If you have a missing tooth, today there are many options to choose from to help improve your smile. Fixed dental bridges, removable dentures, or dental implants may be chosen to replace missing teeth. Each one of these options has its pros and cons.
HOW A DENTAL IMPLANT WORKS
Dental implants are the most permanent and aesthetic option for patients looking to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay, infection, periodontal disease, or trauma, and are often chosen for their longevity and aesthetics. Typically made of titanium, which is medical grade and similar to the metal used in joint replacements, implants are placed subgingivally (below the gum) and into the bone. They mimic the root of a tooth.
Over time (usually 4-6 months), the bone of the jaw grows around the implants and locks the implants into place. This process is called osseointegration. Following successful osseointegration, the implants are ready to be restored, and a supporting crown or denture is placed on top of the implant. The patient is then able to function like they would with a natural tooth.
WHO CAN GET DENTAL IMPLANTS?
- Patients missing one or more of their natural teeth
- In good general health
- Patients unhappy with the fit or look of partial dentures or full dentures
- Have a good supporting bone
Although good general health is very helpful to the success of a dental implant, patients with health conditions can still be good candidates. Those with diabetes, certain heart conditions, or high blood pressure should alert their dentist to their health condition so that their overall general health can be closely monitored.
SUCCESS RATE OF A DENTAL IMPLANT
Dental implants have a very high success rate (close to 98%) if they are placed in proper conditions and in the right patient. Certain conditions can exclude dental implants as a choice or cause them to be unsuccessful, such as:
- Thin jaws that cannot take a bone graph
- Smoking – According to a study done in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) smokers are have a greater risk of infection and tend to heal more slowly.
- Children – Since the jaw bone is still growing, dental implants are usually delayed until adulthood.
- Health – certain medical conditions or medications may prevent implant healing
WHAT IF I HAVE BONE LOSS?
Over time, in areas where teeth are missing, the bone is naturally resorbed by the body. It becomes shorter and thinner. If a patient desires an implant and has been missing a tooth or teeth for several years, the bone has most likely already begun to resorb and the area may require the placement of additional bone. Bone grafting may be placed prior to an implant to ensure that the bone is thick enough and strong enough to successfully support an implant.
Patients with certain medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes or osteoporosis may not be able to have dental implants. Additionally, smokers may have a greater chance of implant failure or delayed healing.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE: A GUIDE FROM A TRUSTED DENTIST NEAR YOU
Once a patient has made the decision to have dental implants and is determined to be a good candidate, a dental team will work together to ensure the best outcome is obtained.
Treatment planning and record taking are essential steps to allow seamless surgery and restoration. X-rays and cone beam (CT), models, wax-ups, and surgical stents may be utilized as well.
Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, and some General Dentists may perform the implant surgery, placing the implants into the bone. Most patients tolerate surgery well.
The surgery begins with anesthesia and then the implant is drilled into the bone and tightened. Sutures are placed to cover the implant with the gum. Sometimes a temporary tooth is placed with a denture or temporary crown.
When healing is successful and complete (usually 4-6 months), a second minor surgery is necessary to expose the implant. A minor incision is created and a healing cap is placed on the implant. The gum is closed around the cap but leaves the cap exposed. Once this has healed (usually in a couple of weeks), a Prosthodontist or General Dentist will continue the process and provide the final prosthesis.
In a typical single implant case, the implant is restored in two possible ways:
- Cement-retained – a part called an abutment is screwed to the implant. It sticks out of the gum and a crown/tooth is cemented to the abutment
- Screw-retained – a crown is screwed directly to the implant, eliminating the cement.
Depending on the case and the doctor’s preference, the dentist may choose either one of these options. Both cement and screw-retained implants are designed to give the patient many years of use of their new tooth. Although dental implants cannot get cavities, they are susceptible to infection and gum disease. Proper home care is necessary to ensure the gum and bone around the implants remain healthy.
Patients with implants should brush and floss around their implants and see their dentist regularly for maintenance and observation. The dentist or hygienist will clean around the implants, measure that the gum is still tight and no infection is present, and ensure that all parts are working properly.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS
Fortunately, there are several implant restoration options to maintain a healthy, functioning smile. Dental implants may be used in many ways from replacing a single tooth to full mouth rehabilitation:
- Single Tooth – A single implant replaces a single missing tooth. A single crown is placed on top of the implant.
- Multiple Teeth – Multiple implants may be placed and a fixed bridge may be attached to them
- All teeth – Multiple implants may be placed and a fixed or removable denture is made. The implants firmly hold the prosthesis in place allowing you to chew more food than was possible with dentures alone. It also eliminates the worry of dentures moving or falling out when speaking.
DENTAL IMPLANT PROBLEMS
The loss of one or many teeth may lead to any of the following problems:
- Stress – when a tooth or teeth are lost, the remaining teeth absorb the forces. When a tooth is under more stress than it should be, it may shift, loosen, or crack.
- Bite Changes – Over time, teeth will unevenly shift and drift to fill in the spaces. The result of the shifted teeth is an imbalanced bite that leads to premature wear, cracking, and possible further tooth loss.
- Bone loss – the pressure of the teeth stimulates the jawbone. When there are no teeth to put force on the bone, the result is a shrinking of the bone. Over time, the bone will become thinner and lower. Eventually, it may not be strong enough to support an implant or a denture comfortably.
BOOK YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT CONSULTATION WITH TOP-QUALITY STRATFORD DENTIST, DR. KRISTY GRETZULA
If you are missing any of your natural teeth, a dental implant can be a permanent solution to fixing your smile.
Please contact Hawley Lane Dental at 203-377-9300 to schedule an appointment. We are always happy to evaluate the candidacy for dental implants of Stratford area patients, placing you on the path towards fully restored smiles!
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“Dr. Gretzula and her staff are awesome! Always kind and courteous and accommodating! Dr. Gretzula has worked hard repairing all of my fillings after being a teeth grinder for years. I’ve had zero issues after she works on my teeth. My teenager sees her too and soon as my other two get old enough they will be her patients as well! Thank you so much to she and her staff for taking such good care of us!”
(September 18, 2020)