Restore Your Smile and Preserve Your
Oral Health with Dental Implants

Missing teeth can have a negative impact on your smile, your chewing function, and the health of your teeth and gums. Therefore, replacing missing teeth is essential for long-term oral health. Dental implants are considered the most reliable and successful teeth replacement option available. We offer this revolutionary treatment at our Norwalk, CT, practice. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons Kevin S. McLaughlin and Michael F. Trofa have over 25 years of experience and use a compassionate, patient-centered approach when placing dental implants at their practice. 

Crown being placed on implant and model of jaw Crown being placed on implant and model of jaw

Implant-supported restorations are directly fixed in the jaw.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a number of advantages over traditional teeth replacement methods. In years past, the only solution for a single missing tooth was a traditional bridge. In order to place this restoration, the natural teeth on either side of the space must be reduced. This compromises healthy tooth structure and can make your smile more vulnerable to future damage.

Now, due to advancements in the area of oral surgery, one dental implant and a crown can be used to replace a single missing tooth. Unlike a traditional bridge, this does not require the reduction of natural tooth structure, and all healthy tissue can be left intact. 

Our doctors have completed extensive education in oral surgery, as well as focused training in dental implant placement. 

Additionally, dental implants mimic the natural roots of teeth, providing stimulation to the nerves within the jaw. As a result, existing bone density is preserved and the risk for future bone degradation is reduced.

Candidacy for Dental Implants

In general, individuals considering dental implants treatment should be in good overall health and free from any medical complications or diseases that could impede the success of treatment. In addition, there should be no gum disease or extensive decay present, since these conditions can compromise the success of your implants. 

Most importantly, eligible patients will have plenty of healthy, dense jawbone to accommodate the implant posts. Patients with significant bone loss may be able to increase their eligibility for implants with a bone grafting or sinus lift procedure, performed in our office by Dr. Trofa or Dr. McLaughlin.

Dental implants can replace a missing tooth from root to crown.

Dental Implant Treatment Process

In most cases, dental implant treatment can be completed in a few months. The exact timeline will depend on the unique needs of the individual. The steps of treatment include:

  • Treatment planning: During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your teeth and supporting jawbone. Occasionally, some patients require a 3D cone beam CT scan to evaluate their bone structure. For complex cases, the CT scan allows for virtual surgery planning and if necessary, surgical guide fabrication, to allow for precise placement of the implants.
  • Implant placement: On the day of your procedure, the surgical guide will be placed over the dental ridge, highlighting the optimal locations for your implants. After numbing the gums with local anesthesia, the doctor will insert the implant posts into the jaw structure. 
  • Temporary prosthesis: Temporary prosthesis: Once the implants are placed, they will require a few months of healing before the final restoration can be attached. Depending upon the tooth location a temporary prosthesis can be fabricated to wear in the interim.
  • Permanent restoration: After the implants have fully integrated with the surrounding bone tissue the final restoration can be placed which is performed by the patient’s referring general dentist. Once the final restoration is in place, you can use your implant just like a natural tooth. 

The Types of Implants We Offer

There are several brands and types of implants in use today. The kind recommended for your case will depend on your specific needs. Some of the most common used at our practice include:

  • Standard implants: Used in dentistry since their advent, standard dental implants are crafted from surgical-grade titanium and range from approximately 3.5 to 6 millimeters in diameter. 
  • All-on-4® implants: Patients missing all of their teeth on one or both arches can receive a permanent, fixed full-arch prosthesis supported by only four implants. This method maximizes existing jawbone with strategic implant placement.

Why Choose Our Practice?

These days, nearly all dentists advertise implants. However, our doctors are specialists, and have received focused training in dental implant placement. In addition, they have completed up to three years of additional education regarding all aspects of oral surgery. Therefore, our team is well-equipped to offer top-tier care to those seeking dental implants. Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Trofa are also certified in sedation dentistry, offering nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation for the comfort of our patients. 

Find Out More about Dental Implants

Nothing compares to the reliable, aesthetic tooth replacement option of dental implants. Schedule a consultation at our practice to learn more about your dental implant options. Contact us online or call us at (203) 866-0061.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.

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148 East Ave
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This was the best place I could go for my oral surgery. The dentist was kind, helpful, and friendly, and his office was so comfortable. This team is the best. AD D.