Dental Implants

Edward Shukovsky, DMD—our experienced dentist in Stamford—believes that when there is the unfortunate loss of a single tooth, that tooth should be restored to a very high standard – the replacement should look, feel, and function just like the natural tooth. Today, there are several options for replacing a tooth, including a partial denture, a dental bridge, or a dental implant. Dr. Shukovsky typically recommends dental implants for his patients with missing teeth, and is experienced administering dental implant restorations.

Partial dentures are removable and put negative forces on the existing teeth. A dental bridge must rely on the adjacent teeth to be effective. Very often these teeth are compromised themselves and would not support a bridge. Or, these adjacent teeth have no restorations and are in excellent shape, and it would be a crime to have to reduce them (necessary for the placement of a dental crown) just to place the bridge. Dental implants are stand-alone restorations that are designed to provide support for a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants, contact our practice today.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Typical candidates for dental implants are individuals in good overall health who are missing one or more teeth and/or have severely damaged or decayed teeth that require replacement. Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone, so ideal candidates also have adequate bone density. In your initial consultation with Dr. Shukovsky, he can conduct a comprehensive exam, enabling him to determine whether or not this treatment is the best option for your specific case. In the event you are not eligible for dental implants, Dr. Shukovsky can suggest a more appropriate alternative, such as dental bridges or dentures.

What Is a Typical Dental Implant Procedure Like?

Prior to your procedure, certain treatment(s) may be necessary in order to ensure the success of your dental implants, such as extractions or periodontal care. Dr. Shukovsky will discuss these with you during your consultation.

For all dental implant cases, Dr. Shukovsky takes an integrated approach by working closely with a team of dental professionals, including oral surgeons Dr. Naushad Edibam and Dr. Donald Case, as well as periodontist Dr. Robert Chung. Together, they utilize their individual strengths to collaborate and create a comprehensive treatment plan designed to produce an ideal outcome for each patient.  

Once preliminary treatments have been completed, the dental implant post—which acts like a natural tooth root—can be placed by one of the talented oral surgeons that Dr. Shukovsky works with. If desired, this process can be completed with sedation dentistry techniques to alleviate any potential dental anxiety.

Your dental implant post needs time to fuse to the jawbone, providing a strong support for your final restoration. This process is called osseointegration, and it takes approximately six months. During this time, a temporary crown can be placed atop the implant post. Once the post is securely anchored to the jawbone, your custom-made dental crown can be attached. The crown is designed to look and feel like a natural tooth, and can even be color-matched to blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. This durable restoration will ultimately function like the rest of your teeth, and can be cared for in the same way—no special oral care routine necessary!

Implant Dentistry and the Loss of a Single Tooth

Replacing a single tooth with a dental implant is currently the most advanced solution for tooth loss. Dr. Shukovsky believes strongly that the placement of the actual implant is in the domain of either a board-certified oral surgeon or a board-certified periodontist. These are the professionals that perform surgeries every day and are totally familiar with the anatomy, and the latest in implant products and techniques. It is important to have the dental implant placed in exactly the correct position so that the new tooth will look the most natural. The goal here is to have the most natural-looking tooth possible.

Dr. Shukovsky likens dental implant placement to the building of a house. If the foundation is not correct, the house will never be right. Once the dental implant is in place, Dr. Shukovsky can then restore the implant. This is as much an art as it is science. The goals are:

  • To make sure the emergence profile is correct so that that the tooth appears to be coming out of the tissue rather than sitting on top of it.
  • To mimic the proper size and shape of this tooth to the rest of the teeth in the mouth.
  • The shade of the tooth should be harmonious with the adjacent teeth.
  • The restored implant tooth should be in proper occlusion, or alignment.
  • The restored implant tooth should have the proper contacts with the adjacent teeth to insure that there is no food impaction.

There is nothing pleasant about a newly restored tooth that allows lots of food to be caught between the adjacent teeth.

Restoring a dental implant requires a great deal of skill on many levels. It is imperative that the dentist has an excellent laboratory that he can communicate with. Dr. Shukovsky prides himself in his relationship with his dental laboratory. As he states, “My lab is my partner.”

Implant Dentistry and the Loss of Multiple Teeth

Multiple tooth loss brings on a set of concerns that go beyond the loss of a single tooth. The questions Dr. Shukovsky will ask include: are the missing teeth, or soon-to-be missing teeth, adjacent to one another? How many teeth are involved and where are they located?

Remember, the goal is to attain the most natural-looking, functional restoration. In a complex system such as the mouth, the proper placement of multiple implants is essential. This is why Dr. Shukovsky utilizes the expertise of the oral surgeon and periodontist for placement of the implant before he administers restorations. This collaboration is a “meeting of the minds” in order to get the best result for the patient.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to be durable and long-lasting. If proper oral hygiene is maintained through daily brushing and flossing (as well as regular dental check-ups), your dental implant(s) may never need to be replaced. Damage to the attached dental crown is rare, but if you experience chips, cracks, or other wear and tear, we can repair it or replace it with a new custom crown.

Implant Dentistry and the Overdenture

There are times that patients have lost or will lose so many teeth that they require the fabrication of a full denture. Very often, however, dentures are loose and unstable, especially in the lower jaw. Implants can be placed strategically under the new or existing denture for that stabilization. These are called overdentures, or implant dentures.

Sometimes it only takes two or four dental implants to give great retention and stabilization to the denture. This results in a much greater ability for the patient to chew and swallow their food, the most important function of the teeth. If this ability is compromised, weight loss, poor health, and depression can occur.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Most patients spend approximately $1,500 to $4,000 per dental implant. That being said, the overall cost of dental implants depends on your individual treatment plan—factors such as the amount of dental implants being placed, the complexity of your case, and whether or not preliminary treatments are needed can ultimately determine the price. Additional considerations that may affect your final cost include:

  • The type of materials used
  • Your insurance coverage
  • Implant placement location
  • The dentist’s level of experience

Ultimately, dental implants are an investment in your oral health, and cost should not stand in the way. To help minimize any concerns related to the price of this treatment, we provide patients with financing options through reputable companies such as Care Credit® and Lending Club. If desired, our knowledgeable staff can help you apply for a monthly payment plan with little or no interest.

Contact Us to Learn More about Dental Implants

Dr. Shukovsky has spent the last 30 years working with his patients in a thoughtful, caring manner to attain the most superior results. Contact our office today to set up a consultation regarding dental implants.

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