Missing teeth can be a hassle, preventing you from eating the foods you love and from smiling confidently, but did you know they're also a hazard to your health? One missing tooth can cause teeth grinding or headaches, increase the risk of gum disease, and result in bone loss. Dr. Michalski offers a modern replacement option that closely mimics nature's design and restores your smile to its original form and function - dental implants.
Dental implants are the modern choice for tooth replacement. What’s more, Dr. Michalski has extensive experience in implant dentistry and can perform the entire dental implant procedure right here in our Rocky Hill practice. That’s right; one team, one location, and one cost for your brand-new smile. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants and give Dr. Michalski a call when you’re ready to schedule your consultation!
A dental implant is a small post made from surgical-grade titanium. Once surgically placed into the jawbone where a missing tooth once was, the post functions similar to a natural tooth root – anchoring the new replacement tooth into the jawbone. Dental implants are considered revolutionary because they are the only tooth replacement solution capable of replacing the missing roots. In a few short months, the bone tissue grows around the dental implant, creating a secure foundation for a replacement tooth. This process is called osseointegration, and it’s why titanium is used for dental implants and other medical applications like replacement hips and joints. Once osseointegration has occurred, Dr. Michalski attaches a custom crown to the implant, so you can eat, smile, and speak with full confidence.
Dr. Michalski is pleased to announce that he has been awarded both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Fellowship and Diplomate status are awarded to doctors that have fulfilled the strict requirements of continuing education, implant placement and restoration, and written and oral examination.
The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) was founded in 1972. Devoted to providing implant education to the entire dental team to better serve its patients, the ICOI is not only the world’s largest dental implant organization, but it is also the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education.
The process of getting dental implants is different for everyone due to the customized nature of the treatment. However, there are four primary steps that each patient will need to undergo to have their smile repaired: the initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration and abutment placement, and finally, attaching your permanent replacement teeth. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be able to enjoy a fully functional, lifelike smile that you feel proud to show off.
The first step of your dental implant journey will be your initial consultation with Dr. Michalski. Our team will capture diagnostic images that allow us to view your dentition, the density of your jawbone, and your facial nerves and sinuses. That way, Dr. Michalski can meticulously plan your dental implant surgery for the best possible results. We’ll also walk you through the entire treatment from start-to-finish, so you know exactly what to expect.
Dr. Thaddeus Michalski, your implant dentist in Rocky Hill has specialized training that allows him to complete the entire dental implant procedure under one roof, including the surgery. Based on how many teeth you’re missing, we’ll determine the number of dental implants that need to be placed. Typically, crowns are secured with one dental implant, bridges with two, and dentures with four to eight. Many patients report being able to carry on with their normal routine the day after their surgery; however, it’s important to keep in mind that everybody is different! Just make sure to allow time for yourself to heal.
After your dental implant surgery, your posts will undergo a process called osseointegration, where they fuse with the jawbone, just like the roots of your natural teeth. This provides a strong and stable foundation for your restorations to be attached to, preventing them from slipping, shifting, or failing. Additionally, you’ll be able to enjoy enhanced chewing power and improved jawbone density, because this process will prevent deterioration that would naturally occur without roots to stimulate the jawbone.
Once the osseointegration process is complete and you’ve healed from the surgery, you’ll return to our office for us to place the abutments. These are small, metal connector pieces that we’ll attach to the exposed part of your dental implant that lies above the gumline.
As soon as we receive your final crown, bridge, or denture, we’ll call you back in to place it. It will be secured to the abutments and implants, holding them steadily in place. Many patients remark about their new smile’s lifelike look and feel, and they agree that the process of getting dental implants in Rocky Hill was well worthwhile.
Dental implants have many benefits over traditional tooth replacement options like bridges, partials, and dentures. Bridges require the reduction of healthy, neighboring teeth, which can ultimately shorten the lifespan of your smile. Partials rely on neighboring teeth as well, with metal clips or clasps, and many people dislike the embarrassment of removing the partial for periodic maintenance. Removable dentures can become ill-fitting over time, and adhesives often fail to provide adequate support.
Dental implants are the only tooth-replacement option that functions independently of surrounding teeth and gum tissue, because of the anchor secured in the jawbone. This allows for optimal comfort, eliminates embarrassing slippage, and ensures long-term results. Best of all, dental implants are the only option that stimulates healthy bone growth. Without a tooth root or implant, the jawbone around the missing tooth will wither and atrophy. Dental implants prevent this from happening, so your jawbone stays healthy and strong for the remainder of your years.
Dental implants are well-known for their versatility. They can be used to address any level of tooth loss, from a single missing tooth to an entire arch. What’s more, practically any healthy adult with missing teeth and a strong jawbone can get dental implants! During your consultation, Dr. Michalski will create a custom dental implant treatment plan for you depending on how many teeth you are missing.
Dental implants often prove ideal for replacing a single missing tooth, whether it’s a front tooth or back tooth. Because the titanium implant is covered with a tooth-colored crown, it will blend seamlessly with your smile. Dr. Michalski uses precise color-matching techniques and works with reputable labs to ensure single tooth replacements look natural and withstand daily wear and tear.
Patients missing more than one tooth may consider dental implants as well. An implant can be placed for each missing tooth, or one or two implants can often anchor a bridge or partial. With implant-supported bridges and partials, you won’t have to worry about clasps or adhesives, and the implant has the potential to last a lifetime.
Additionally, Dr. Thaddeus Michalski is proud to offer the amazingly realistic Prettau® bridge at his Rocky Hill, CT dental office, allowing patients who are missing multiple teeth to enjoy the innumerable benefits of a complete set of teeth once again.
Patients missing all their teeth can benefit from dental implants as well! With just four to six strategically placed dental implants, a full denture can be securely anchored in place. Sometimes, we can even retrofit a patient’s existing denture to work with dental implants! Both removable and fixed options are available, and each type provides outstanding comfort and functionality.
A patient needs to have sufficient jawbone dentist for dental implant placement to be successful. This can often be an issue for patients, especially those who are missing all their teeth. Thankfully, Dr. Michalski is pleased to offer All-On-4 dental implants. This unique system can anchor a full denture with only four dental implants, which typically helps patients avoid the need for a preliminary bone graft.
Dental implants are an investment in your long-term health, confidence, and quality of life. Unfortunately, many people think they aren’t an option because of their cost. While you might pay more upfront than traditional treatments, they are more affordable long-term. Not to mention, our office provides the solutions you need to replace your missing teeth without draining your wallet.
There is not a set fee for dental implants= treatment because the final cost is based on your individual plan. There are several factors that need to be considered, like the number of teeth you’re replacing and the materials that are used. For instance, replacing a single missing tooth will be less expensive than replacing many missing teeth. However, it is much more cost-effective to replace a row of missing teeth with an implant denture rather than replacing each tooth individually. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the costs associated with your plan.
Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants in Hartford will require a multi-step process. Each phase of your treatment has separate costs, which can make it easier to pay for your new smile because the entire balance isn’t due upfront. While every plan differs, most include:
Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss. Although they initially cost more, they are most affordable long-term because they are proven to last for decades. You’ll never need to worry about having them replaced with the right aftercare.
Dental implants also improve your oral health by preserving your jaw’s density. This stops dental drift to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. As a result, you’ll reduce your overall oral health expenses.
Many dental insurances will cover a portion of the cost of the treatment; however, every policy differs. You’ll need to pay your deductible to assess your annual allowance to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We will work on your behalf with your insurance company to maximize your benefits. If there’s any remaining balance, we will discuss your payment options, like using third-party financing with CareCredit.
Computer guided implant surgery represents a giant step forward in the replacement of teeth with dental implants. Using Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan techniques and 3-D imaging, dentists can now visualize the placement of dental implants in three dimensions by enabling your doctor to get an advanced, detailed look at the interior sections of the jawbone, surrounding tissue, and the nerves. These CT scan machines are the same as those used to aid surgeons in joint replacement procedures.
Based upon the findings of the CT scan, a treatment plan of the implant operation is made using specialized computer software on the CT scan. This information is then transferred to a computer-generated surgical template which guides the implant instrumentation exactly to the desired location in such a way that it matches the treatment plan and turns it into reality.
Guided surgery provides a link between the surgeon’s plan and the actual surgery. It also has several important enhancements and advantages over conventional surgeries. First, the patient and the surgeon are better prepared for what they will encounter during the procedure, thereby removing some of the risks and uncertainties associated with a dental implant procedure. Complete information about the quality and quantity of the jawbone makes it possible to determine the ideal location for the implants that enhances the final esthetic outcome, while also avoiding important anatomy in the area. This translates into less complications and surgery time is often decreased. Because many surprises are eliminated by the enhanced treatment planning, treatment costs are also more predictable. This approach is the ultimate in accurate implant placement and planning. (Click here to view a case).