Replace teeth with dental implants for a natural appearance, and lasting, healthy function

Dental implants present a versatile option for a tooth replacement; many patients can complete and restore their smiles with prosthetic teeth supported by these “artificial tooth roots.” Modern systems allow your professional, family-owned, and operated dental practice, Pearl Dental Care in Hamden, Connecticut, to replace a single tooth with unsurpassed stability or “retrofit” old bridges and conventional dentures with this gold standard treatment. Additionally, the technologies that Drs Gary and Scott Pearl use to plan for your treatment support high implant success rates and the lasting durability of your new tooth (or teeth). 

Basics about a not-so-basic treatment 

Illustration of dental implant

Traditional options to replace teeth, such as conventional removable dentures and dental bridges, are designed to replicate the part of the tooth visible above the gum line (the crown). Dentures also reproduce the appearance of the gummy tissue that supports our teeth. These systems are not designed like natural teeth, made up of structures and tissues underneath the gum line. The roots hold our teeth securely in place. Since traditional tooth replacement does not replace the roots of the teeth, common complaints have included issues with the denture slipping and causing sores inside the mouth. Loose dentures also give rise to problems with chewing food and speaking. 

Conventional systems also do nothing to stop devastating bone loss. When teeth are no longer present, the supporting jawbone doesn’t get the stimulation from chewing or breaking down food that it needs to retain its strength and height. Just like muscle tissue “atrophies” or shrinks during periods of bed rest, so too does our bony tissue shrink when it doesn’t get “exercised.” After all, if you don’t use it, you lose it! 

Fortunately, dental implants replicate the design of natural teeth. The implant itself is a tiny cylinder made from biocompatible (tissue-friendly) titanium or zirconium. During a procedure, the implant is placed strategically in the jawbone. Over the following months, the implant “osseointegrates” or joins the surrounding bone. In this way, the implant becomes part of the bone, like a natural tooth root is connected to the surrounding hard tissue. The implant is then attached to the replacement tooth, an implant supported ceramic crown. Due to this natural design, the new tooth is stabilized in the jaw through the implant. A single implant can be used to replace one tooth, or as few as two implants can be used to snap into a denture. In other words, implants are appropriate to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all the upper or lower jaw teeth. 

Optimal outcomes at our practice

Our dentists are no strangers to the use of advanced technologies. These technologies support the best possible outcomes from treatment and a gentle, fast, and pleasant experience at our practice. For instance, they use detailed planning that is supported by precision diagnostics. Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a form of dental imaging that allows us to place each implant in a less invasive manner and more accurately than traditional planning techniques and tools. Our methods add up to less downtime, speedy and uneventful healing, fewer risks of post-treatment complications, and a faster procedure in general. 

We use Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to plan all of our implant cases so that we can we safely and predictably make sure your implants have the best chance of a long service life. 

Do not hold on to broken, painful teeth. Don’t hide gaps in your smile. We can restore your teeth and confidence today—Call (203) 285-8245 to schedule an appointment at our office in Hamden. We proudly serve North Haven, Woodbridge, East Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford, and communities in and around New Haven County.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.