Shapiro Family Dental
General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Wethersfield, CT
Multiple missing teeth can take a toll on your self-esteem, and make chewing and clear speech a challenge. If you desire a long-lasting solution with a full set of beautifully white teeth, the experienced team of cosmetic dentists at Shapiro Family Dental in Wethersfield, Connecticut, offer effective solutions. They use dental implants and bone grafting to support new, artificial teeth and create an aesthetically pleasing smile. Schedule an appointment over the phone or request one online to learn more.
Implants/Bone Grafting Q & A
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are made of titanium and replace tooth roots if you have loose, congenitally missing, or severely decayed teeth. They offer a strong foundation for artificial teeth to restore your smile and confidence.
You might require a bone graft prior to dental implant placement if your jawbone isn’t thick enough to support implants. Your jaw must be strong enough for your Shapiro Family Dental provider to surgically place implants into the bone.
What are the benefits of bone grafting and dental implants?
Dental implants with bone grafting offer you numerous aesthetic and functional benefits, including:
- No more teeth gaps
- A full set of sturdy, natural-looking teeth
- A more aesthetically pleasing smile
- Better speech
- Easier chewing
- A stronger jaw bone
Dental implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges when you’re missing more than one tooth. They can drastically improve your smile, confidence, and quality of life.
What happens during bone grafting?
If you require bone grafting prior to dental implant placement because your jawbone is too soft or thin, your dentist uses natural bone grafts from another part of your body or synthetic bone grafts.
They numb your mouth and surgically transplant the graft to your existing jawbone several months before dental implant placement. If you only require minor grafting, your provider can complete the procedure at the time of implant placement.
What should I expect during dental implant placement?
Before dental implant surgery, your dental provider numbs the treatment area, so you don’t feel any pain. They place metal posts into your jawbone and wait several months for the bone to heal around the implants to ensure they are strong enough to support new artificial teeth.
At your next dental implant appointment, your dentist attaches small abutments to the implants that eventually attach to artificial teeth. They take impressions or digital scans of your teeth and send the information to a dental lab, where technicians create new permanent teeth, called crowns.
During the final appointment, your dentist securely attaches the crowns to the abutments and makes sure they fit properly. Your new teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
How can I take care of dental implants?
Care for dental implants by brushing and flossing regularly. See your dentist for routine cleanings and exams, and avoid chewing on hard objects like hard candy, ice, and popcorn kernels.
Don’t live with weak, loose, or missing teeth when a wide array of cosmetic dentistry options are available at Shapiro Family Dental. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to find out if dental implants are right for you.