Please see below to learn more about the many treatment options provided at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Fairfield County with dental implants in Norwalk, Connecticut. If you would like to visit with our professional and experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Imanuel Babayev, please call our office at 203-489-0980 !
Single Tooth Dental Implants
Dental implants replace tooth roots in the mouth, provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth, and can aid in the prevention of bone loss in the jaw.
Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth and help maintain the existing bone. These small anchors are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, and are placed in the jawbone. Dental implants serve as replacements for tooth roots in the mouth. Once placed, the anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.
An implant-supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.
Because of the natural look and feel of the porcelain and the functional stability provided by the implants, implant-supported bridges are an effective solution to replace multiple missing teeth.
An implant supported bridge is a dental bridge that is secured to two or more dental implants rather than any adjacent natural teeth for support. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the teeth must be prepared (shaved down) for crowns. Once the bridge is placed, the natural teeth will be subjected to increased stress that can be damaging — particularly if the existing tooth, roots or surrounding bone structure are already compromised.
For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In order to replace a full-arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jawbone density being one of the most significant determining factors.
Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.
Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures. If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implants rather than require the use of denture paste or adhesives. Removable dentures can be taken out for cleaning at night.
This procedure is a unique implant solution that allows patients with a completely edentulous (toothless) upper or lower arch to replace all of the teeth in that arch using dental implants as anchors to achieve full restoration in only one day.
This technique offers many advantages over traditional dentures.
Easy to care for, this solution can simulate the look and feel of natural teeth and stay fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures.
Dental implant placement can also help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.
Guided Implant Placement
Using CBCT scans, virtual treatment planning and highly specialized training, we are able to provide guided implant placement for our patients.
Using a virtual 3D model or a physical model, implant placements and restorative work can be simulated to create the ideal patient treatment plan. These virtual plans allow the doctor to take multiple aspects of implant placement and restoration into consideration, resulting in optimal aesthetics, function and longevity for the patient’s final restoration. Working with a 3D model also allows the patient to better understand the procedures and visualize the end result.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS
- HOW MUCH DOES AN IMPLANT COST?
With the large number of cases performed by our surgeons, we are able to offer implants at costs that are comparable to the cost of dental bridges. At your consultation, we will provide a written estimate of your treatment after your clinical examination and determination of the extent of your procedure. Please remember that this does not include the abutment and crown that your dentist will be placing.
- CAN THE IMPLANT BE PLACED AT THE TIME OF EXTRACTION?
Sometimes. The two factors that determine if this is possible are (1) anatomy and (2) amount of available bone. Once all presurgical planning is completed, your surgeon will let you know if you are a candidate for this option.
- DO IMPLANTS WORK? IS THERE A GUARANTEE THAT THEY WORK?
As with any surgery, we cannot guarantee unconditional success. All implants are foreign bodies. Therefore, there is always a chance for failure. There have been incredible technological advances in the field of dental implantology in the last ten years. Better materials, surface treatments and implant designs have dramatically improved the success rates. In the 1980’s dental implants were given survival rates as low as 60%. Currently, the standard of care is over 90%. In our experience of performing over thousands of implants, failure rate is 1 in 20 (5%). If a failure occurs, the implants are fully guaranteed and will be replaced at no cost to you.
- WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS?
For implants in the lower jaw, there is the risk of lip and chin numbness. For implants in the upper jaw, there is the risk of exposure into the sinus. Our surgeons have the experience and capabilities of high tech diagnostic planning to dramatically decrease the risk of these complications.
- WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED?
If you have moderate to severe anxiety for any dental procedure, we offer the option of being asleep for the procedure. It is a very safe, pleasant and stress-free form of anesthesia that is recommended for implant surgery, but not required. The other option is to numb the area with “Novocaine”, much like a regular visit at the dentist.
- DO IMPLANTS NEED SPECIAL CARE?
No special care is needed, but they do need to be brushed and flossed regularly and professionally maintained with regular visits to your dentist.
- ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANTS?
Very few patients are poor implant candidates, and when they are, it is due to unfavorable anatomy. Most people can have missing teeth replaced with implants, but some will require bone and soft tissue grafting prior to the implants to achieve optimum results. Your surgeon should be able to predictably determine your prognosis and risks at your consultation visit.
- IF I’M HAVING A FRONT TOOTH REPLACED WITH AN IMPLANT, WILL I HAVE TO BE TOOTHLESS DURING THE HEALING PERIOD?
No. If you are replacing a front tooth with an implant, there will be some form of temporary, removable replacement while the implant heals. This healing period can take up to 4 â€“ 6 months, but during that time, your dentist will fabricate a device that will replace the missing tooth with a temporary partial denture, retainer or splint. This device will be placed at the time of implant surgery.