If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it can lead to oral health problems and issues with the appearance of your smile.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that can support crowns, bridges, or dentures. They're a versatile tooth replacement option.
Learn how the Center for Esthetic Dentistry uses implants to help patients in New Haven, CT, who've experienced tooth loss.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically anchored in a person's jawbone. The implant is typically made from a biocompatible material, such as titanium. After surgery, the implant fuses with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration. Once an abutment is attached to the implant, it can support a custom restoration.
Dr. N. Summer Lerch can use dental implants to treat people missing one tooth or all of their teeth. When placing implants, the Center for Esthetic Dentistry works with Dr. Brian Evans, a skilled prosthodontist known throughout New Haven and Hamden, CT, for his work as an implant specialist.
Good Candidates for Dental Implants
Sufficient Jawbone Structure
Given the nature of dental implant surgery, it's important that patients have enough healthy jawbone structure. This ensures the implants are stable and the dental procedure will be successful.
Good dental health is crucial before starting the dental implant process. That means you should have no issues with gum disease or gum recession. Healthy gums help protect and support the implant.
Good Overall Health
In addition to being in good dental health, patients should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. We can review your medical history and any wellness issues during the consultation process.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me? Contact the Center for Esthetic Dentistry
Missing teeth? Implant dentistry may be the answer you've been waiting for. The custom implant restorations are created to resemble natural teeth, allowing you to bite, chew, and smile with restored confidence.
Dr. N. Summer Lerch can create a custom solution just for you, whether you require a full-arch restoration or an individual tooth replacement. As the first board-accredited cosmetic dentist in New England, she focuses on developing long-term dental solutions with beautiful results.
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The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant process can take several months to a year to complete.
Some patients may need to undergo additional procedures before they are suitable candidates for dental implants. This can add months to the overall treatment time.
One tooth or multiple teeth may need to be removed before getting implants. Tooth extraction prevents oral health issues during treatment and gives the dental implants sufficient room when necessary.
A missing tooth often leads to bone loss due to the lack of root structure. If this affects jawbone density, a bone graft may be needed to restore bone structure. A sinus lift can also be performed; this bone grafting procedure is performed when a patient needs upper implants to replace premolars and molars.
For patients who've experienced periodontal disease or gum recession after tooth loss, soft tissue augmentation may be necessary before starting a dental implant procedure.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Individual dental implants can cost $3,000-4,000, while the implant restoration can cost $2,500-3,500. The total price of treatment varies by patient, which is why it's important to visit our New Haven practice for a consultation. The Center for Esthetic Dentistry offers affordable dental financing to put treatment within reach.
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