By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have missing teeth? Although your appearance may be your primary concern after tooth loss, replacing missing teeth can also make eating much easier. Dental implants offered by your South Glastonbury, CT, dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey, provide an effective, long-lasting way to restore your teeth.

How dental implants work

Strong tooth roots give you the ability to bite and chew with ease. Unfortunately, some restoration methods only replace the crowns, or top parts of teeth, and neglect the roots. As a result, you may have difficulty chewing hard foods or may experience gum irritation if the restoration rubs against the sensitive tissues.

Dental implants restore both the roots and the crowns of teeth. Implants are Titanium or Zirconia posts that replace your natural tooth roots. They're placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery in your South Glastonbury dentist's office and begin to bond to the bone. As soon as the implants are fully bonded, which can take several months, they're connected to dental crowns, completing the restoration of your missing teeth.

Implants offer multiple benefits

Your confidence level can take a hit after you lose a tooth. Unfortunately, your social and professional life can be affected if you've stopped smiling or feel uncomfortable meeting new people. Thanks to your new dental implants, no one will ever know that you lost a tooth. Crowns are created from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new teeth blend in with your smile.

Since your implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, your new tooth will feel just like your natural teeth. For dentures, a full upper or lower denture can be connected to as few as four implants and can improve your biting power.

Implants also prevent jawbone changes that can occur after you lose a tooth. Due to decreased stimulation from your tooth roots, the bone may begin to shrink after tooth loss. As the bone shrinks, your tooth may shift, disrupting your bite. Dental implants constantly press on your jawbone and help prevent shrinking.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your South Glastonbury, CT, dentist, Dr. Steven Hinchey, at (860) 633-6518 to schedule an appointment.