Almost any dental professional will tell you that dental implants are the gold standard option for replacing missing teeth. Not only do they give you a stunning smile and strong bite, but they act as a tooth root, holding the new tooth firmly in place and preserving your oral health. However, because dental implants are an advanced surgical procedure, we understand that patients have many questions. We always encourage our patients to schedule a private and personalized consultation with our dentists, Dr. Dustin and Kenneth Rabine, so we can go over your questions, alleviate any fears, and help define your smile goals. Prior to your consultation, we encourage you to review our dental implant FAQ, which is created from common questions patients of the Shelton, CT area have asked us. If you still have more questions, give our office a call and we can schedule a consultation with you!
Implants mimic a natural tooth in both its root and crown portion. This includes the area below and above the gumline. Check out our About Dental Implants page for a detailed description about them, the procedure and why they are the ideal solution!
The actual implant itself is a titanium screw that is biocompatible with your body. This means it will integrate with your jawbone and fuse to it, just like a natural tooth root would. The rest of the implant is made of a porcelain crown, which is colored just like your other teeth and equally as strong.
Yes! Dr. Dustin Rabine is highly skilled at placing dental implants into your jaw and restoring them with dental crowns. We also can perform the preliminary treatments such as tooth extractions, bone grafting or gum disease treatment prior to surgery. We are your one-stop location for your dental implant needs!
Most of our patients tell us that their implant surgery was relatively painless! We utilize nitrous oxide and local anesthetic to calm your nerves and block sensations of pain. In addition, our use of digital x-rays allows us to pre-plan your treatment so there is minimal room for complication!
If you properly take care of your implant, gums and teeth, as well as adhere to routine checkup appointments, your dental implant can last you the rest of your life! Implants have an over 95% success rate and are resistant to developing cavities. Poor oral healthcare and bad habits such as tobacco use can significantly harm the health of the implant.
Simple! You brush and floss your implants and teeth just like normal—at least twice a day. You should also come into the dentist’s office at least twice a year for checkups and hygiene cleanings. If we notice anything potentially wrong, we will begin treatment to save your implant investment right away!