Central New England Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. John R. Kashmanian Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dental Implants in Southbridge, MA and Pomfret, CT

If you’re ready to experience the freedom of a permanent and powerful tooth replacement, our expert physician Dr. John R. Kashmanian, D.M.D., is available to help. Accidental loss of teeth can dramatically affect eating habits and confidence. We’re ready to help you regain your sense of freedom through this simple procedure.

What Exactly Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is comprised of three separate parts. The first is the anchor (sometimes simply referred to as the implant) which is a foundational piece designed to attach to the jawbone and create a strong, lifelong bond. This is usually composed of the metal titanium, which is biocompatible and excels at creating sturdy cell bonds with bone tissue to allow the seamless fusion of bone and anchor. The second is called an abutment, which is the section that connects the crown to the implant. It is usually composed of the same materials as the implant. The third is the crown itself, which can be composed of a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, stainless steel, and other alloys - all designed to last a lifetime and resist decay and staining.

Who Are Dental Implants For?

Dental implants are designed to replace teeth that have been completely lost or purposely extracted. Though the reasoning for the tooth removal varies, the solution is usually to place dental implants in regions where root canals, fillings, and other options are simply unavailable because there is no tooth to work with, or the tooth was too badly damaged to be repaired. Additionally, patients who have suffered a traumatic injury that has damaged part of the jaw may find implants the best option. Even those who have genetically malformed teeth can experience the freedom of a cosmetically identical replacement.

What Is the Procedure?

Woman getting sized for a dental implant- Southbridge, MA- Central New England Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The process of creating dental implants is divided into two parts. The first is the creation and insertion of a proper anchor, which allows the implant to attach to the jaw through a secure, lifetime-guaranteed titanium tether. This process entails creating a small hole in the jawbone itself to allow the anchor to create a firm root. Over time, the bone tissue bonds with the metal and forms a cohesive and lasting link. With the anchor firmly in place, some minor posts can be attached to allow the implant to firmly sit without concern of future degradation or movement. Before this process, you should learn whether or not a bone graft is necessary, which may increase recovery time.

What Can I Expect Post-Operation?

Once dental implants have been installed, most patients experience a recovery time that lasts no more than a couple of months, depending on whether a bone graft was required. You’ll notice that they are almost the same as your original teeth, and in some cases better. You can eat virtually anything with your new dental implants, though right after surgery, you may want to limit yourself to soft foods. Some typical symptoms in the area include:

  • Swelling and bruising in facial and gum regions
  • Minor pain at the site of the implant and root
  • Minor bleeding

If you're ready to explore your options and see if a dental implant is right for you, contact us today.