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. They look and feel natural, and can be used to replace one or several missing teeth, or even to secure a denture. Dr. Michalski has extensive experience in implant dentistry and can help you decide if dental implants are the right tooth replacement option for you.
As your implant dentist, Dr. Michalski will evaluate your mouth, bone density, and health history to determine if implants are right for you. The procedure involves a minor oral surgery, in which small, titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the implant over the course of a few months, and then Dr. Michalski attaches a natural-looking crown, bridge, or denture. After you receive dental implants, you can eat, smile, and speak with renewed 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.
A dental implant is a small post made from surgical-grade titanium. The post functions similar to a natural tooth root – anchoring the tooth in the jaw bone. Dental implants are considered revolutionary, because of the nature of titanium. 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.
Dental implants have many benefits over 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 jaw bone. 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 jaw bone around the missing tooth will wither and atrophy. Dental implants prevent this from happening, so your jaw bone stays healthy and strong for the remainder of your years.
Dental implants are well-known for their versatility. They can be used in a variety of applications, which is why they’re so popular for adults and patients. At our office, we use dental implants for:
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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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.
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. Learn More.
In some cases, we can secure an upper or lower denture with dental implants. Full size or mini implants are placed in the jaw bone, and the dentist can modify your denture to receive implants. Several different types of implant/denture methods are available, depending on your unique case. Dr. Michalski will perform a thorough exam to determine whether implants are a possible alternative to removable dentures for you.
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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 jaw bone, 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 bone 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).
To receive dental implants, you need adequate jaw-bone mass. Because the jaw bone deteriorates over time when teeth are missing, some patients may require a bone graft prior to implant placement. Dr. Michalski works with a specialist to ensure safe, predictable results. If you need a bone graft, we will thoroughly explain what you can expect.
Missing teeth can cause a host of dental and overall health problems, including:
Dental implants improve your oral health by restoring your bite, filling the gap, preventing bone loss, balancing the work load, and allowing you to chew properly. With dental implants, you can experience restored oral health – perhaps even the best oral health of your life!
In a nutshell: yes. Although dental implants cost more up front than bridges, partials, or dentures, they’re designed to last long-term. So over the course of your lifetime, you may have to replace a bridge three or four times. The time and expense (not to mention discomfort) of these traditional methods often exceed the up-front cost of dental implants, which require little maintenance and can last permanently.
The time involved will vary from patient to patient. If you’re receiving one implant, you will require an initial visit, a visit for implant placement, and a third visit to place the implant crown. Between visits, your bone tissue will need time to heal, which usually takes around three months. During this time, Dr. Michalski may give you a temporary crown to wear, so you don’t have to live with gaps in your smile. Dr. Michalski works very closely with his patients during the implant planning process, so they are always fully aware of the time-commitment required.
Dental implants are backed by decades of scientific research, and they have maintained a 95-98% success rate. Although the procedure is considered minor, Dr. Michalski will carefully review your medical history prior to recommending implants. With Dr. Michalski coordinating your treatment, you can rest assured that the procedure will be safe and predictable.