Dental Implants – Ridgefield, CT
Tooth Replacement Designed to Last a Lifetime
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you might struggle to smile confidently or chew your favorite foods. However, those aren’t the only problems that missing teeth can cause. Tooth loss can also contribute to serious oral health conditions such as gum disease, weakening of the jawbone, and the shifting and even loss of other teeth. Fortunately, at Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center, Dr. Dana Jones and Dr. Josephine Franzese can replace your missing teeth with a near-permanent solution – dental implants. Not only do dental implants in Ridgefield have the potential to last a lifetime, but they also look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. To learn more, give our office a call today!
Why Choose Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center for Dental Implants?
- Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Care Under One Roof
- Low-Interest Dental Financing Plans Available
- Advanced Dental Technology Ensures Great Results
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are tiny, screw-shaped titanium rods that are designed to mimic the roots of natural teeth. They are surgically placed within the jaw where the roots of lost teeth used to be. Then, the jawbone actually begins to grow around them, creating a foundation as rock-solid as that of the teeth you were born with. At that point, we can secure a tailor-made dental crown, bridge, or denture (depending on the number of teeth you’re missing) onto your implants to recreate your smile.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Due to their comprehensive structure, dental implants require a longer treatment process than traditional dentures or dental bridges do. In fact, it could take several months to a year or longer to get dental implants. However, because they can last for many decades, we think you’ll find that dental implants are well worth the wait!
Here at Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center, Dr. Jones has completed the advanced training necessary to perform every step of the dental implant process himself, without needing to refer you elsewhere. These steps include:
- Consultation – Our team will evaluate your mouth to determine whether you’re eligible for dental implants.
- Surgery – We carefully position the implant posts into your jaw.
- Osseointegration – The implants fuse with your jawbone over the course of several months.
- Restoration – We attach your crown, bridge, or denture to the tops of your implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the reasons that dental implants are so unique is that they can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even a whole smile. However, there are other advantages that you simply can’t get with other tooth replacement options, including:
Who Dental Implants Can Help
As long as you’re an adult who is in generally good health, you probably qualify for dental implant treatment. This solution can bring back any number of lost teeth, and the type of restoration you receive will vary based on this number:
Missing One Tooth
If your dental implant is replacing a single missing tooth, then the post is topped with a beautiful porcelain crown. Our dental crowns are custom-made to match the shade of your natural smile for a seamless tooth replacement. And, unlike regular dental bridges, a dental implant doesn’t require that your existing tooth structure be modified.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Your dental implant dentist in Ridgefield can replace multiple consecutive missing teeth with an implant bridge. This custom-made prosthetic is supported by dental implants on either side to fill the gap in your smile. The best part is, it will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
Missing All Teeth
Are you missing all or most of your teeth on one or both arches? We can attach a denture to an average of four to six dental implants for a full, strong, and healthy smile. With implant dentures, we can replace a whole row of your teeth using the security that dental implants provide.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
If you’re curious about the cost of your dental implants, the best way to receive a precise estimate is to come into our office. Because of the many variables that can influence the price of your treatment, we must examine your mouth before providing a cost estimate. The number of teeth you’re missing, the condition of your oral health, and the strength of your jawbone are just some of the factors that can contribute to the cost of your implants. Additionally, you should know that the type of restoration that you need will also impact the price of your overall treatment.
At Ridgefield Perfect Smile Center, we are committed to providing affordable and quality dental care for our patients. That’s why we’re happy to file dental insurance claims on your behalf. We also work with Springstone Patient Financing if patients need to break up their treatment costs into monthly, low-interest payment plans.
Dental Implant Failure & Salvage
We take every possible step to make your dental implants a success, but it’s still important to be aware of issues that can lead to failure, such as an infection of the gums. Call us immediately if you believe there’s a problem with your dental implant posts. In many cases, we can salvage your new smile by identifying the underlying problem and treating it appropriately. If your implants need to be removed, new ones might be placed once your mouth is healthy again.
Maintaining & Caring For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to mimic natural teeth as closely as possible, which means they need to be extremely durable and reliable as well. However, just like your natural teeth that came before them, you need to be taking everyday steps to keep them healthy. That includes basic brushing and flossing at home, but it also includes a handful of other steps. Thankfully, adding them to your daily habits is a relatively simple process.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Plaque can still build up on the gum tissue surrounding your dental implant, causing an infection. This can put your dental implant at risk for failure. Even though the restoration attached to your dental implant will not develop decay, you still need to brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time and floss daily to remove food debris from in between teeth. For extra protection, you can use a fluoridated oral rinse to clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Your diet impacts your oral health in more ways that you may have known previously. For example, eating lots of foods high in sugar and starch will make it easier for oral bacteria to produce plaque acids. These acids are responsible for creating plaque and tartar buildup, which damages your enamel and gum tissue. Make sure your meals consist of a balance of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy products to get the vitamins and minerals your body and smile need.
Break Bad Habits
Many bad habits can happen when you’re not even consciously thinking about them. For example, nail biting, using your teeth to open packages, smoking or using tobacco, and chewing on very hard or inedible objects (i.e. ice cubes, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, etc.) can all damage dental implant restorations and the posts integrated into your jaw. If your habits are a result of stress, find alternative coping mechanisms that don’t involve harming your teeth or dental implants. Have tools nearby to perform certain tasks so you aren’t inclined to use your mouth.
Protect Your Dental Implants
Whether you’re particularly active in sports or you have a teeth grinding habit while you sleep, you’ll need to provide your dental implants the protection they need to remain healthy and free of damage. A quick and relatively affordable solution is a custom mouthguard. This oral appliance provides cushion between the teeth and reduces the risk of damage either following a sudden injury or months and years of grinding and clenching. Professionally-made mouthguards provide the best longevity, comfort and protection overall compared to store-bought solutions.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Setting up appointments once every six months is key to maintaining the lifespan of your dental implants. This gives us a chance to confirm your brushing and flossing at home is working as intended. If there are any problems present, we’ll have a chance to address them in the earliest stages when they are easier to treat.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants in Ridgefield are a lifelong commitment. If you have a few concerns before you are ready to move forward, don’t worry. Many patients are a little apprehensive, which is why your dentist will discuss everything at your dental implant consultation. While you wait, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions to calm your nerves.
Can I take a dental implant out?
A dental implant is designed to provide a permanent solution. A titanium post is surgically placed in your jaw, which your bone will fuse to through a process called osseointegration. Therefore, only a trained professional can remove a dental implant, such as in cases of failure. While you can’t take out the posts, some implant dentures are removable to make them easier to clean.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are proven to last for 30 years or longer with the proper care. Your health and lifestyle will influence their lifespan. You can protect your investment with a solid oral hygiene routine at home. Besides brushing and flossing, use a daily mouthrinse to remove any food particles or bacteria left behind by your toothbrush. Your implant dentist in Ridgefield will recommend breaking any bad habits that might damage your new smile, like eating hard/sticky foods or using your teeth to open packages. You should also see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. With a few precautions, your new smile can last for decades longer than traditional bridges and dentures.
How can I tell if my dental implant is failing?
Dental implants are the most reliable method of treating tooth loss. The risk of failure is less than 5%; however, if you notice any signs of complications, don’t want to contact our office. It’s crucial you don’t ignore any pain or inflammation around the implant. Your post should always feel stable. If you develop any of these symptoms or your implant feels loose, time is of the utmost importance. Your dentist will pinpoint the problem to provide the necessary intervention to prevent dental implant failure.
Am I too old to get dental implants?
You are never too old to replace your missing teeth, even when wanting dental implants. There isn’t an age limit for the revolutionary procedure; however, older people can have certain medical issues that can complicate the treatment. Pre-existing medical conditions don’t disqualify you from getting dental implants. Instead, your implant dentist will assess your risk factors to create a personalized strategy to replace your lost teeth safely.
How long does dental implant surgery take?
On average, a single implant is placed in 1-2 hours, which includes the time it takes to dress you for surgery and administer anesthesia. If you need multiple implants, your dentist will explain exactly how long your procedure is expected to last. It can take a few hours for the effects of any sedatives or anesthesia to wear off, so you’ll need a friend or loved one to drive you home for your appointment.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
No one wants to experience pain while in the dental chair, but there isn’t any reason to worry. You won’t feel anything during your placement surgery because your dentist will use a local anesthetic and sedative to block pain signals. Not to mention, your jawbone doesn’t have any nerve endings. You can expect some soreness as the effects of any medications dissipate, but you can manage it using an OTC or prescribed pain reliever. Within a few days, your discomfort will improve.
What are the signs of dental implant failure?
Dental implants have over a 95% success rate, but it’s important to watch for any changes that may indicate a problem. It is best to contact our office right away if you have any redness, swelling, or pain near the implant. If your implant feels loose, don’t delay seeing a dentist. The quicker they can treat the issue, the more likely they can save your smile.