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By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
February 22, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants can restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants dental implantsdeliver several other benefits. By restoring your smile, dental implants also provide support for facial muscles that have begun to droop, as well as restore normal speech by correcting placement of the tongue when speaking. A dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. At Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine, Dr. Steven Hinchey is your dentist for dental implants in South Glastonbury.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide a long-lasting permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. A single missing tooth can be replaced by capping a dental implant with a dental crown or several teeth can be replaced simultaneously by placing bridgework or an implant-supported overdenture over multiple dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal post used to anchor artificial teeth in place. In that way, a dental implant serves a similar purpose as the root of a natural tooth. Dental implants are made from a hypoallergenic metal, usually titanium, and are inserted into the jawbone for the most secure hold possible. Over time, the metal implant permanently fuses with the jawbone so there must be enough bone to support the dental implant. Your dentist for dental implants in South Glastonbury can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Restoring your smile by replacing missing teeth can give you a confidence boost, but there are many more benefits, as well. A full smile does more than just look nice in photos or make it easier to eat a variety of foods. Teeth help position the tongue properly when speaking and also support the muscles of the face. When teeth are missing, speech can be affected and the checks can begin to droop and sag without support for the facial muscles. Those problems are corrected by using dental implants to fill in the gaps from missing teeth.

Another benefit of choosing dental implants for filling in the gaps from missing teeth is that eating a wide range of foods become easier. Teeth endure a lot of wear and tear from performing normal everyday biting and chewing functions. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth must compensate for them, which can cause those remaining teeth to endure more wear and tear than normal. Using dental implants to replace missing teeth helps redistribute the workload of biting and chewing.

Several benefits can come from selecting dental implants to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. For dental implants in South Glastonbury, CT, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hinchey by calling the Glastonbury Center for Dental Medicine at (860) 633-6518.

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
October 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
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If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.

But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.

For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.

Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.

We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.

Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.

Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.

If you would like more information on implant restorations, 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 Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
NewFrontTeethforaTeenagedDavidDuchovny

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”

By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
September 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants SmileWhether you've lost a tooth due to an injury, infection or decay, filling the gaps in your smile as soon as possible is important for your oral health. Dental implants restore your entire tooth and offer several important benefits. Your South Glastonbury, CT, dentist Dr. Steven Hinchey can help you decide if implants are a good option for you.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants replace your missing tooth roots and support an artificial tooth called a crown. They're the only type of restoration that restores missing teeth from top to bottom.

Implants are tiny posts made of titanium, a biocompatible metal, or Zirconia, a ceramic material, that osseointegrate, or bond, to bone. Osseointegration begins as soon as the implants are added to your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure and usually takes three to six months.

Crowns may be added once bonding is complete or immediately following the implant procedure in some cases. If you'll need to wait to receive your implants, you'll be fitted with a temporary bridge or crown to cover the gap in your smile. Your Glastonbury dentist will make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create a permanent crown.

What advantages do implants offer?

Your new crown is connected to an implant that's firmly rooted in your jaw, which makes it feel and function like a natural tooth. No matter what you eat, your new tooth won't slip or irritate your gums. You also won't notice any decrease in biting power, a problem that can occur with other restoration options.

Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when the bone begins to shrink, can occur when the bone is no longer stimulated by tooth roots. Once your implants are in place, they'll take over for your roots, helping you avoid the consequences of a shrinking jawbone, such as tooth loss or facial sagging.

Dental implants are an equally good option no matter how many teeth you need to replace. Implant-supported dentures or bridges restore multiple missing teeth, but don't require a separate implant for every tooth in the dentures or bridge. In fact, as few as four implants can be used to secure an entire upper or lower denture.

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