Professional Dental Implant Services in New Milford, CT
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth, designed to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile and oral function. Implants were first developed in the 1960s by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark and were initially conceived as a way to secure loose-fitting dentures. As implant dentistry has advanced, the usefulness of the implant has expanded to make it one of the best possible replacements for missing and lost teeth. A good candidate for dental implants is in good overall and oral health. They must also have adequate bone in their jaw to support the implants, and the best candidates’ gum tissue is healthy and completely free of periodontal disease. Since dental implants make such an intimate connection with the gums and jawbone, it’s important to have adequate and healthy tissue.
Dental Implant Placements
Dental implants are designed to be long-lasting and highly stable replacements for your tooth. They consist of two basic parts – the implant post and the implant restoration. The implant post is a small screw, usually made of titanium. This screw is surgically inserted into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth to replace the tooth root. The implant post integrates with your supporting jawbone to provide a stable foundation for your new tooth and also stimulates your bone tissue to ensure that it remains healthy.
After you have healed from your implant placement procedure, our dentist will meet with you to create an implant restoration. The implant restoration caps the post to complete your treatment and finish restoring your smile. An implant restoration may be a crown, bridge, or a denture, depending on your individual needs and how many teeth you are replacing. It will be custom-made to provide you with a comfortable and aesthetic solution for your smile.
Dental Implant Restorations
After your dental implant has been placed and has had time to integrate with your supporting bone, our dentist will provide you with an implant restoration. An implant restoration is a prosthetic tooth that caps the implant post to finish replacing your tooth and restoring your smile. This implant is usually a single crown.
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are designed to cover the implant post down to the gum line, replacing the entire visible portion of the tooth. While they may be made of a variety of materials, our office uses only ceramic materials when creating your crown to ensure that your final result looks, feels, and functions just like your original tooth, and will provide you with a long-lasting solution that you can enjoy for years to come.
It will take two appointments to complete your dental crown and finish your implant treatment. During the first appointment, we will take an impression and choose the correct shade of white for your crown. The impression will then be used to create the crown, and you will return for your second appointment. Our dentist will place the crown atop the implant and check to ensure that it fits. The implant restoration will then be bonded in place.
After your implant placement surgery, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson and our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help you heal and recover. Please follow these instructions as closely as possible.
- Do not rinse your mouth for the rest of the day after your procedure.
- On the day following your procedure, begin rinsing with warm saltwater every two to three hours. (Use a half-teaspoon of salt per eight ounces of water.) Begin rinsing after meals and at bedtime for two weeks.
- Use prescribed medications, antibiotics, and mouth rinses as directed.
- Use mild pain relievers to minimize discomfort. Tylenol, Advil, or ibuprofen are all acceptable options.
- You may begin brushing your teeth the day after your procedure, but be sure to avoid the surgical site for several days.
- If a temporary crown was placed, do not bite down until permitted to do so.
- Do not wear your denture, partial denture, or other oral appliance until given permission to do so.
- You will likely experience some swelling. Apply ice or cold compresses to the side of your face at 15-minute intervals for the first 48 hours. After 48 hours, switch to heat, and continue applying heat until the swelling diminishes.
- Keep your lips moist with Chapstick or Vaseline to prevent cracking.
- Do not operate machinery for at least 12 hours following your procedure.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products – they can cause your implants to fail.
- If the cover screw or healing abutment of your implant falls out, call our office so that we can replace it. Bring the loosened component with you to this appointment.
- If you use oral contraceptives and have been prescribed an antibiotic, use an alternate method of birth control until you have completed your course of antibiotics.