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Find out why so many adults are turning to implants to replace their missing teeth.

We know that losing a tooth is one of the worst things that can happen; however, our Danbury, CT, dentist Dr. George Landress has many options from which to choose so that you get the tooth replacement you need for a healthier, full smile. Dental implants are one of the most popular options available because they truly function just like a real tooth.

Replace One Or All of Your Teeth

We love dental implants because they make it possible for a patient to replace all of their missing teeth. So no matter whether you are missing only one tooth, several or even an entire row, dental implants can give you back a complete smile. While a single implant is all that’s needed to replace one missing tooth, multiple implants can also be placed throughout the jawbone to support multiple false teeth.

They Function and Look Like Real Teeth

Our Danbury, CT, general dentist understands the importance of having a smile that not only looks like yours but also functions just like real teeth. While dentures may slip or move around in your mouth, dental implants naturally fuse together with the jawbone so they stay permanently in place. You won’t have to worry about them moving around. Implants restore full functionality, strength and chewing back into your smile so you can enjoy all of your favorite foods without worry.

Preserve Your Jawbone

A major complication of tooth loss is bone loss. Since the jawbone is no longer getting the stimulation it needs to remain strong, it will begin to lose density. The only tooth replacement capable of stimulating the jawbone is a dental implant. Therefore, the sooner you get a dental implants after tooth loss the better, as you could prevent significant bone loss.

If you are an adult who is missing one or more of their teeth then it’s time to find out how our Danbury, CT, dental team can get you smiling again. Call our office today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing teeth, whether in an accident or as a result of tooth decay or gum disease is never easy. For many American adults, living with dental implantsmissing teeth has become a way of life that has drastically diminished their confidence, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. Although tooth loss is still more common among older adults over the age of 65, millions of younger adults are also missing teeth, which can also have a serious effect on social interactions and professional opportunities. But the good news is that there have never been more options for fixing a broken smile. Dr. George Landress, a dentist in Danbury, CT, recommends dental implants for healthy adult patients looking to start over and restore their oral health after tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Danbury, CT

Implants are the restoration that most closely matches the structure of a natural tooth, from root to crown. In addition to providing a secure anchor for the cosmetic crown, the implant portion of the restoration works like a prosthetic root to stop bone loss in the gums, which can cause complications like inflammation, infections, and even further tooth loss as a result of gum (periodontal) disease.

First, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. You must be in good general health, and have sufficient bone density to support the implant. You must also commit to practicing good oral hygiene at home, as well as ongoing follow up care with your dentist.

The implant is made of a small titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth where the root used to be. As it heals, the implant slowly begins to fuse with the bone tissue in your gums, securing it in place. The final step is to attach the cosmetic crown to complete the restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or support an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

Find a Dentist in Danbury, CT

Ready to get started with a healthier, brand new smile? Contact our office today by calling (203) 743-7608 for more information about dental implants and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Landress.

GettingDentalImplantsRequiresMinorSurgery

Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.

That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.

The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.

While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.

We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.

We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.

There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

WhyYouShouldStillFlosswithanImplant-SupportedBridge

Losing teeth to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease is never easy. But with implant-supported bridgework, you can regain lost function and appearance with a restoration that could last for many years.

Don’t think, though, that dental disease woes are a thing of the past with your new implants. Although your restoration itself can’t be infected, the supporting gums and underlying bone can, often through bacterial plaque accumulating around the implants. The bone that supports the implants could deteriorate, dramatically increasing your chances of losing your restoration.

It’s essential, then, that you keep the area between the bridge and gums clean of plaque through daily hygiene. This definitely includes flossing around the implants.

Flossing with an implant-supported bridge will be different than with natural teeth: instead of flossing between teeth you’ll need to thread the floss between the bridge and gums. Although this is a bit more difficult, it can be done with the help of a floss threader, a device with a loop on one end and a long, thin plastic point on the other—similar to a sewing needle.

To use it, thread about 18” of floss through the loop and then pass the threader’s thin end first through the space between the bridge and gums toward the tongue until the floss threader pulls through. You can then take hold of one end of the floss and then pull the threader completely out from beneath the bridge. Then, you wrap the ends around your fingers as you would normally and thoroughly floss the implant surfaces you’re accessing. You then release one end of the floss, pull out the remainder, rethread it in the threader and repeat the process in the next space between implants.

You also have other hygiene tool options: prefabricated floss with stiffened ends that thread through the bridge-gum space that you can use very easily; or you can purchase an interproximal brush that resembles a pipe cleaner with thin plastic bristles to access the space and brush around the implants.

Some patients also find an oral irrigator, a handheld device that sprays a pressurized stream of water to loosen and flush away plaque, to be an effective way of keeping this important area clean. But that said, oral irrigators generally aren’t as effective removing dental plaque as are floss or interproximal brushes.

Whatever flossing method you choose, the important thing is to choose one and practice it every day. By keeping bacterial plaque from building up around your implants, you’ll help ensure you won’t lose your restoration to disease, so it can continue to serve you for many years to come.

If you would like more information on caring for your dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

YoumayNeedOrthodonticWorkBeforeGettingaDentalImplant

For whatever reason, you’ve put off replacing a missing tooth for awhile. Now you want to fill that empty gap in your smile with a dental implant restoration.

But if your tooth’s been missing for a long time, there could be a problem with space. This is because the teeth on either side of the space may have gradually drifted into it, leaving no room for the implant. You could need orthodontic work first to return these teeth to their proper position.

We could use braces, metal orthodontic devices with wires threaded through brackets bonded to the teeth that are then anchored, usually to back teeth. The orthodontist uses elastics or springs as well as possibly incrementally tightening of the wire against the anchors. These techniques create pressure or tension on the teeth for the desired direction of movement. The teeth’s natural mechanism for movement does the rest.

But while effective, braces can be quite noticeable, an embarrassing thought for many adults having to wear them over several months of treatment. But there may be an alternative: clear aligners, a succession of slightly different plastic trays usually worn in two-week intervals. Sequentially wearing each tray gradually moves the teeth to their desired positions.

Though not appropriate for all bite situations, clear aligners have a number of benefits when they can be used. They’re nearly invisible to others and can be removed for hygiene tasks or rare special occasions. What’s more, the orthodontist may attach a temporary prosthetic (false) tooth to the trays to camouflage the missing space during treatment.

There’s one other issue you may have to deal with: if your tooth loss was related to periodontal (gum) disease, the gums and underlying bone may be in poor condition. In fact, substantial bone loss could rule out an implant altogether. But we may be able to remedy both gum and bone deficiencies through grafting or plastic surgery. It may be possible to regenerate enough bone to support the implant; and surgically repairing your gums will help ensure the implant appears natural.

If you have problems like these, don’t give up on your restoration goal just yet. With some orthodontic and dental work ahead of time, we may still be able to make implants a reality for you.

If you would like more information on restoring your smile after losing teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.