Dental Implants

Single-Tooth Dental Implants  

Dental Implants provide structure and a foundation.  Modern dental implants are precision devices, available in several different designs to address your specific needs. The most common type is a titanium screw that is anchored into the jawbone where it serves as post for a custom-made tooth crown. Once the crown is in place, you may not be able to tell it apart from your natural teeth. Dental implants let you eat the foods you love.  They are also the only proven way to prevent bone loss after the loss of natural teeth.  70% of the U.S. population is missing at least one tooth. Many social functions involve food and eating.  Research shows that implant-supported prostheses increase patient comfort.

Dr. Basil is certified in several types of dental implants and may work with a specialist who will insert the anchor, and Dr. Basil will perform the cosmetic restoration.  She performs this procedure in the West Hartford dental office and the New Britain dental office.

Implant-Supported Dentures

With traditional dentures, many people wearing complete dentures find it difficult to eat. Chewing food places pressure directly on the gums and jawbone, causing tenderness, pain and suffering. Dentures shift, tilt and sometimes gouge the gum tissue leaving cuts and bruises in the mouth. Speaking clearly is often a problem for denture wearers because the palate is covered with acrylic which often affects pronouncing words with "L" and "Th" sounds such as "life" and "things". Dentures often loosen or fall out while speaking or laughing, so many denture wearers cover their mouths if they laugh or smile. The only available option has been to use messy glues or adhesives to try and keep the dentures in.
However, the use of implants to support dentures eliminates these issues.  Research shows that implant-supported prostheses increase patient comfort. Implants are used to secure loose dentures and help patients chew their food without excessive pressure on the gums. The implants will securely hold dentures in while speaking, laughing and smiling so you won't suffer from the embarrassment of your teeth popping out in front of other people. Your denture will snap in and out--no messy glue necessary.