When you’re missing teeth, it affects more than just the look of your smile. Missing teeth make it hard to enjoy your favorite foods or even speak normally. If you want to get back to living life with a full smile, consider dental implants.
Oxford Dental Group offers an array of dental implant options. So whether you’re missing one tooth or many teeth, our Oxford, CT dental team can help you determine the best replacement method for you and get you back to smiling again.
What Are Dental Implants?
An implant consists of a screw-like component placed into the gums (the implant), a connecting piece (the abutment), and a dental crown or other restoration. The implant process requires multiple appointments and can take a while to complete, but the end result is a smile you’ll be proud of.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer our patients with missing teeth many benefits, including:
- Natural-looking tooth replacement
- Bone loss prevention
- Protection against tooth decay
- Permanent way to replace missing teeth
Types Of Dental Implants
Depending on how many teeth are missing and where they are, we’ll make a recommendation for the type of dental implant that will work best for you.
Single Tooth Replacement
Patients who are missing a single tooth, or a couple of teeth throughout their mouth, can get single tooth implants to replace the teeth and restore their smile. We place an implant into the space left behind from the missing tooth. The implant will fuse with the jaw bone over the course of a few months, and once healed, we place the abutment and dental crown, completing your smile.
If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend an implant-supported dental bridge. Similar to a traditional bridge, this appliance fills the gaps caused by missing teeth using false teeth. It effectively spans the area and provides a natural aesthetic appearance. The difference is that the appliance is supported by dental implants on either side of the gap, giving you a stable dental bridge without compromising the health of neighboring teeth.
Missing most or all of your teeth can cause a number of problems, including bone loss, facial sagging, and much more. Full-arch replacement using dental implants gives you a brand-new smile. Our team strategically positions a series of implants, usually ranging from four to six, within the arch to fully replace it. The specific number of implants required will be based on your specific requirements and needs. We will also create a full arch of false teeth, and once the implants heal, you’ll be able to snap your new teeth straight onto the implants.
Forget about messy denture glue! With a full arch replacement with dental implants, you’ll enjoy a secure fit that eliminates slipping and shifting—allowing you to confidently savor your favorite foods, smile, and engage in conversations with ease.
Mini dental implants are a smaller, less invasive alternative to traditional dental implants. With a diameter nearly half that of conventional implants, mini implants are often used when the patient has insufficient bone density or volume to support full-sized implants. Their smaller size allows them to be placed with minimal surgery, often in a single visit, with less discomfort and shorter recovery time for the patient.
Despite their size, mini implants provide a strong, stable foundation for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures, making them an excellent choice for patients seeking a quicker, more convenient solution to tooth loss.
It’s Time For You To Smile Again
At our office, we do more than just restore your teeth. We give you the power to reclaim your full, beautiful smile with the help of dental implants. Call us today to learn more and schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable and friendly team.