Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for both fixed and removable dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots (titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are made by your dentist to improve function and to restore and often enhance a patient’s smile!
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by missing teeth.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge, a fixed hybrid appliance, or removable denture, making them secure and comfortable.
To provide support for teeth that stay in the mouth.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
What does getting dental implants involve?
Dental implants involve a close collaboration between your periodontist, Dr. Delfini, and your restorative dentist. Dr. Delfini has been placing implants consistently since 1984 and has worked with many talented restorative dentists throughout Connecticut. He attends regional and national dental meetings and seminars, and hosts his own continuing education meetings to learn and to teach valuable pearls of wisdom in a constantly advancing field.
The implant itself is a screw type or cylindrical titanium fixture - an artificial root or anchor in the jawbone.
Dr. Delfini surgically places the implants which will serve as sub-structures to eventually support a prosthesis ( a crown, bridge, or denture : the teeth) to be made by your dentist.
A clinical examination and X-rays are necessary to formulate a treatment plan. Both Dr. Delfini and your restorative dentist will need blueprints to determine how to achieve the desired result.
For more complex cases, a dental CT scan may be recommended so that Dr. Delfini can use state-of-the-art computer software to stimulate implant placement in the patient's jawbone prior to doing the actual surgery.
The surgery is an in-office procedure done with local anesthetic (novocaine), but it can also be done with IV sedation if requested.
Once the implants are placed, they usually require a healing period before they are ready to serve as anchors for the teeth which will be provided by your dentist.
There are pictures of cases on this website. Note these are all cases which were done by Dr. Delfini.