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By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
July 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Since their introduction over three decades ago, dental implants have evolved into dentistry’s premier tooth replacement choice. While their primary purpose is to replace missing teeth and rejuvenate a patient’s smile, they’re also regarded for another important benefit: they can slow or stop bone loss accelerated by the loss of teeth.

Like all living tissue, bone has a life cycle. Older bone dissolves and is absorbed by the body, a process called resorption. New bone forms and grows to replace the resorbed bone in response to stimuli occurring within the body. In the jaw, this stimulation comes from the forces the teeth receive when we bite or chew.

When a tooth is lost, however, it no longer transmits these force stimuli to the adjacent bone. This results over time in less new growth to replace resorbed bone, and the overall bone mass shrinks. In fact, about a quarter of the normal bone width will diminish in the first year alone after tooth loss. Other serious problems follow, like gum recession or chewing and speaking difficulties. A person’s appearance may also suffer, because as resorption continues unchecked, the underlying foundational bone will continue to shrink. As more teeth are lost, a decrease in the distance between the nose and chin may result causing the lower third of the face to become smaller in size.

Dental implants can interrupt this process by encouraging bone growth around the implant. Implants are made of “osseophilic” titanium, meaning the metal has a natural affinity with bone. After implantation, bone cells will begin to grow and attach to the titanium post. The enhanced growth stabilizes bone loss by providing stimulation to the bone as teeth once did, thereby maintaining bone levels and minimizing potential effects on the patient’s appearance.

Ironically, too much bone loss could make the installation of implants more difficult, since they require a minimum level of bone mass for anchorage. Receiving an implant as soon as is practical once a tooth is lost will minimize the chances of that occurring — and a better chance of improving bone health overall.

If you would like more information on how dental implants improve bone health, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do the gaps in your smile make you feel self-conscious? Missing teeth can take a toll on both your oral and psychological health. dental implantsHowever, there is a tooth replacement option which can help you take your smile back without the use of traditional dentures or dental bridges, which could hurt the healthy teeth you have left. Learn more about dental implants with your West Hartford, CT dentists Dr. Robert Bradbury, DMD and Dr. Anthony Amato, DMD.

How do dental implants work? 
To stay in place, dental implants use a screw-like post called a fixture surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath a missing tooth. This fixture integrates into the bone over time, replacing the tooth’s root. Dental implants are unique in this aspect as other tooth replacement options do not give the bone the stimulation it requires to remain healthy. The implant’s fixture heals and integrates for several months post-surgery, becoming a sturdy foundation for the implant’s prosthetic tooth. The prosthetic is a porcelain dental crown or bridge which sits atop the fixture to replace the tooth itself. Good candidates for implants should be in good general and dental health with adequate bone volume in the jaw.

What can dental implants do for me? 
Dental implants can give you back your grin in more ways than one. Implants fill in your gaps to make your smile whole again. Having a smile you love and feel confident about gives you the self-esteem to make face-to-face encounters easier and first impressions stronger. Additionally, dental implants restore the teeth’s bite surface, making eating and chewing less difficult. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone which, in turn, prevents atrophy, a trait that other tooth replacement options do not have. Dental implants are durable, lifelike, and designed to last a lifetime with the proper care, giving you the freedom to rest easy knowing that your teeth will remain in your mouth where they belong.

Dental Implants in West Hartford, CT
The procedure for implants takes place in two phases over the span of several appointments. The first phase involves consultation, surgery, and recovery. After surgery, it is crucial that your implanted fixtures heal and integrate into the bone. Because of this, it is important not to rush recovery or place the prosthetic teeth too early. Phase two of the dental implants process takes place after your dentist deems your implants successfully integrated and involves attaching the prosthetic teeth to the fixtures to complete your smile.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Robert Bradbury, DMD and Dr. Anthony Amato, DMD in West Hartford, CT. Call (860) 561-3050 to schedule your appointment for a consultation for dental implants today!

By Drs Bradbury & Amato, PC
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

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?