By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Losing teeth is something that most people probably don't really think about until it happens. Even with greater awareness and dental implantsinformation about the risk of gum disease and potential tooth loss with age, the number of Americans missing at least one tooth is over 100 million, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Steven Hinchey, a dentist at Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, CT, offers dental implants for qualified adult patients suffering from various degrees of tooth loss.

Get Your Smile - and Oral Health - Back with Dental Implants in South Glastonbury, CT

When a tooth is lost, either through trauma, extensive tooth decay or gum disease, the primary concern is usually about the cosmetic and functional implications. What will I look like when I smile? Will I be able to chew my food and speak clearly without noticeable issues? While they are all valid concerns, there are further implications to tooth loss. When a tooth falls out, the bone tissue in the gums immediately starts to erode. When left untreated, bone loss can lead to infections, inflammation and instability to the surrounding bone tissue and teeth. Dental implants address the problem by replacing both the root and the crown of a missing tooth.

An implant is made of a biocompatible titanium screw, which is surgically placed in the space of the missing tooth. Once the implant is in place, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, which helps to permanently secure the implant in place and to preserve the existing bone and spur the growth of new bone tissue. Once healed, the implant is attached to a cosmetic crown to complete the restoration.

Find a Dentist in South Glastonbury, CT

Although some forms of tooth loss are preventable, millions of Americans continue to lose at least one or more teeth every year. To learn more about the benefits of dental implants, and whether they are the right tooth replacement option for you, contact the Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine by calling (860) 633-6518 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hinchey today.