When patients are missing a tooth or many teeth, it can greatly affect their quality of life. Eating and speaking can become a challenge, and many patients find that their self-esteem is decreased. Other oral health problems, such as bone deterioration in the jaw and the shifting of other teeth in the mouth are also common problems related to tooth loss. Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery offers a broad range of tooth restoration options. During your consultation with one of our oral surgeons, your personal preferences, the current condition of your oral health, and other factors will all be taken into consideration to determine the right tooth restoration option for you. You can learn about many of the tooth replacement options available, below.
If you have questions or would like to schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact one of our offices located in Avon, Glastonbury, and Enfield. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your options for tooth replacement.
Our dental implant patients are very happy with their results for many reasons. Implants really do look, feel, and function like natural teeth — some patients even forget that have had a tooth replacement. The initial investment in this advanced tooth replacement solution is always well worth it. Eating, speaking and smiling again with confidence is truly invaluable to our patients.
Dental implants are a three-part solution: the post (or anchor/screw), the abutment piece, and the custom-made crown itself. The medical-grade titanium post will be surgically placed into your jaw bone to replace your missing tooth root and will act as an anchor for the rest of the implant. During a healing period of a few weeks, the post will fuse with the bone around it to become the secure foundation for your new crown. Once this has occurred, the connecting abutment is attached to the post and your custom designed crown is put into place.
Read our page on Dental Implants to learn more.
Full-Arch Replacement/All-on-4® Treatment Concept
If you require replacements for an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, you may be a candidate for a full-arch replacement using a revolutionary treatment called All-on-4. With this treatment, an entire arch of teeth is supported using four dental implant posts. This procedure frees you from the inconvenience of other solutions such as traditional dentures, which tend to slip out of place and are often not as comfortable as implant-based tooth restorations. Like dental implants, full-arch replacement is permanent and secure. You can quickly enjoy eating the foods you like, speaking clearly and confidently, and smiling like you used to.
Most patients find that they are good candidates for this treatment. During your consultation with one of our experienced oral surgeons, you and your doctor will decide if All-on-4 is the best option for you.
You can learn more about this tooth replacement option on our Full-Arch Replacement/All-on-4 page.
Tooth-supported bridges bridge the gap left by a missing tooth. Bridges are an option if one or more teeth next to each other need to be replaced.
For the completion of this tooth restoration option, your dentist will reshape the teeth surrounding your missing teeth to prepare for the tooth-supported bridge. Your dentist will place the bridge over the reshaped teeth, and it will either be permanently bonded in place or be removable. This is a cost-effective way to restore missing teeth and can be performed by your dentist, but they will need to be replaced after several years of wear. Also, you will need to gauge whether you are comfortable with your healthy teeth being altered to fit a bridge.
Full or Partial Dentures
Often considered an old-fashioned solution to tooth loss, partial or complete dentures are still a popular choice. With dentures that fit against your gums properly, you can eat many foods comfortably. Your family dentist will fit you with traditional dentures, and the process is generally quick and simple.
Sometimes your dentist will discover that your mouth is not the correct size or shape to accommodate a denture comfortably or securely. If they are ill-fitting, dentures can cause painful sores and become prone to slipping. If you’re experiencing pain or slippage with your traditional dentures, your dentist will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon for something called pre-prosthetic surgery to prepare your mouth for a better-fitting denture. This is a type of oral surgery that reshapes the bony ridge under your gums so that your dentures are more comfortable and stay nicely in place when you eat and smile.
You can learn more about pre-prosthetic surgery on our Pre-Prosthetic Surgery page.