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Dental Implants — Rocky Hill, CT

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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!

Why Choose Dr. Thaddeus S. Michalski, DMD For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

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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. Thaddeus S. Michalski, DMD: Your Implant Dentist

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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 Dental Implant Process

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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.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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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.

Dental Implant Surgery

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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.

Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

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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.

Attachment of the Final Restoration

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.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants have many benefits compared to traditional tooth replacement options like bridges, partials, and dentures. That’s why over 500,000 people choose this amazing option to restore their smile’s strength and beauty each year. Thanks to their unique surgical placement in the jaw, dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. With the potential to boost your confidence and change your life, there are many benefits of dental implants in Rocky Hill. Read on to learn about these advantages!

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • Diet: Do you avoid certain foods because of your missing teeth or loose dentures? Dental implants are firmly rooted in the jaw, allowing you to eat a wide range of delicious snacks. Plus, they allow you to intake more nutritious foods like fruits and veggies.
  • Confidence: Unstable dentures or gaps in the smile can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. However, dental implants seamlessly replace your missing teeth to give you the confidence to flash your grin and speak on any occasion.
  • Maintenance: Unlike dentures or other replacements that require extra steps for care each day, dental implants can be cleaned similar to your natural teeth. This makes your day-to-day oral healthcare easy and more effective.

Health Benefits

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  • Bone health: Unlike any other replacement, dental implants restore the entire tooth, including the roots. Your jawbone relies on your tooth roots for stimulation, helping it stay healthy and strong. When you lose teeth, the stimulation decreases, causing bone deterioration. Thankfully, dental implants prevent this and keep your jawbone full!
  • Dental health: Easier maintenance means better oral health. However, eliminating gaps in your smile will also reduce your risk of dental decay and infection. Plaque and bacteria love to hangout in gaps in the smile, raising the chance of these issues occurring.
  • Overall health: Whether you know it or not, your oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Dental implants in Hartford promote better oral health and lowers risk of gum disease. This common dental problem has been connected with increased chances of issues like heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Predictability: With a success rate of 95% even after a decade, dental implants are very predictable. While they do require surgery, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile for years to come.
  • Longevity: Dental implants are the longest lasting tooth replacement option. With proper care, they can last for over 30 years or even the rest of your life. Just be sure to brush, floss, and visit our implant dentist in Hartford regularly.
  • Cost: While dental implants do tend to cost more than other replacements, they can actually save you money in the long run! With the ability to last for decades, dental implants will reduce your time and money spent on necessary replacements and the dental visits that come with them.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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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.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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The best candidate for dental implants is someone who not only has good overall health, but is willing to take the necessary steps to protect their smile through dedicated oral hygiene on a daily basis. This ensures the implant remains healthy and provides many decades of use. Additionally, ideal candidates for dental implants should:

  • Have good oral health (i.e. no existing tooth decay, gum disease, or infection)
  • Healthy gum tissue, which is crucial for the healing process after surgery
  • Sufficient bone tissue, which is necessary for the implant to fuse with the jawbone

Missing 1 Tooth

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.

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Missing Multiple Teeth

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 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.

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Missing All Teeth

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.

Learn More About Implant Dentures

A patient needs to have sufficient jawbone 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.

Learn More About All-On-4 Dental Implants

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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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.

Types & Number of Dental Implants

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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.

Stages of Dental Implant Treatment

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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:

  • Initial Consultation: You’ll need an initial consultation to evaluate your oral and general health. Besides a visual examination, you’ll also need a CT scan and other images, like X-rays.
  • Additional Procedures: The results of your consultation may show you need additional treatments before your placement surgery, like bone grafting or periodontal therapy, which will naturally add to the cost of your treatment.
  • Placement Surgery: After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. The type of sedation and area of the mouth getting dental implants will influence the overall price.
  • Final Restorations: Of course, part of the cost of your dental implant treatment will depend on whether you need a custom-made crown, bridge, partial, or full denture and what this restoration is made from.

Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?

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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.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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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.

Dental Implant Technology

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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.

Computer Guided Dental Implant Surgery

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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).

Dental Implant FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dental implants in Rocky Hill

Although you’re excited to replace your missing teeth, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to dental implants in Rocky Hill. Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything during each step of your treatment plan. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions our patients ask us about dental implants.

Are dental implants removable?

One of the many advantages of dental implants is the fact they aren’t removable, so you’ll never need to worry about misplacing them. Titanium posts are surgically placed into your jaw, which your bone will fuse to through a process called osseointegration. As a result, you cannot take them out on your own. Only a trained dental professional can remove them, such as if implant failure has occurred. Although you can’t take out the posts, some implant dentures are removable for easy cleaning.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are the most reliable option to treat tooth loss. They are proven to last for decades with the proper aftercare. Although they have a 95% success rate, various factors can influence the longevity of your new smile, such as which tooth was replaced. Molars have a slightly higher failure rate because they undergo more pressure from biting and chewing. You can ensure your dental implants last for years by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly. If any signs of a complication appear, like redness or pain around the implant, don’t wait to see your dentist.

How can I tell if my dental implant is failing?

The risk of dental implant failure is less than 5%; however, it’s best to always monitor for issues, like pain or redness near the implant. If the restoration or post feels loose, you need to see your implant dentist in Rocky Hill right away. They will pinpoint the cause of the problem to provide the intervention you need to prevent your dental implants from failing. Unfortunately, if you wait too long to see your dentist, they may not be able to save your smile.

Do dental implants feel natural?

Dental implants have the support of your jawbone, so they closely feel like your real teeth. You’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation while regaining as much as 70% of your natural biting force. You can enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth slipping.

Am I too old to get dental implants?

Age isn’t really a requirement for dental implants. If you’ve finished growing, there isn’t an age limit for the treatment. Instead, your implant dentist considers other factors when determining if dental implants are right for you, like your oral and general health. If you’re an older adult, you are more likely to have pre-existing medical issues or take certain medications that might pose some risks, but that doesn’t disqualify you from the treatment. Instead, your implant dentist will take a few precautions to ensure your safety and the success of your smile.