We offer a number of treatments that can replace missing teeth. However, we always recommend that our patients opt for dental implants if possible. Dental implants rebuild teeth from the roots up and thus provide the most natural-feeling and natural-looking way to restore full dental function. At Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut, we are proud to be able to provide complete dental implant services. Contact us today to learn how dental implants in our East Hartford, CT dental office may be able to benefit you.
A dental implant is a small cylinder (sometimes called a post) that acts as a substitute tooth root. After it gets placed in the jawbone, it fuses with the tissue around it via a process called osseointegration. It thus becomes a sturdy base for the crown, bridge, or denture that will replace the visible portion of the lost dentition. Dental implants are usually made out of a titanium alloy, which is extremely durable and biocompatible.
Here are just a few of the reasons why dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution that modern dentistry has to offer:
For single tooth replacement, we insert one dental implant into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgery. After osseointegration (the process of the implant bonding with the tissue around it), we place a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of the lost tooth.
If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, we will likely recommend that you receive an implant-supported bridge. This type of restoration is similar to a traditional bridge. However, instead of requiring the support of your natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge is anchored in the jawbone via a few strategically placed dental implants.
We can replace an entire arch of lost teeth with just a handful of dental implants, which we will place at precise, pre-planned positions throughout the jawbone. The denture that goes on top of the implants may be removable, or we may permanently screw it into place.
Although dental implants present a significant upfront cost, the many benefits they offer make them a worthwhile investment!
Some patients require preliminary treatments before they are eligible to receive dental implants. For example, your implant dentist in East Hartford might determine that you need a bone graft, gum disease treatment, or tooth extractions. Each of these procedures comes with its own price.
When you are ready for your dental implant surgery, it will incur its own fee. The cost will include the price of materials used, the cost of anesthesia and sedation, and other necessary expenses. Some practices must refer patients to an outside practitioner for the surgery, but since we provide start-to-finish dental implant treatment, we are able to include fees for your surgery as part of your initial treatment estimate.
Not all dental implants in East Hartford are the same. Some feature two-piece construction, while others are made out of a single piece. Most implants are constructed out of a titanium alloy, but it is possible to make them out of other biocompatible materials as well. The type of dental implant that is best for your situation will affect the overall cost of your treatment. If there are multiple types of implants that may work for you, we will clearly explain the pros and cons of each option.
Restorations are the artificial teeth that get attached to the tops of dental implants. A single implant-supported crown logically costs less than a larger restoration, such as a multi-unit bridge. There are also different types of implant dentures, including ones that are permanently fixed as well as removable overdentures. In rare cases, patients are able to save money if we can retrofit an existing conventional denture to work with dental implants.
It is becoming more and more common for dental insurance to cover dental implants. However, many policies still do not cover them. You will have to check your specific plan to see how it applies. If it does not cover the implants themselves, it might cover other parts of your treatment plan. We are an insurance-friendly practice, and our team will happily review your policy, answer your questions about how it may reduce your out-of-pocket costs, and file your claims for you.
Beyond insurance, our practice offers a few provisions that may help you to fit dental implants into your budget:
Dental implants in East Hartford are the best way to replace lost teeth. However, since they represent a big commitment of time and money, it is understandable if you want to gather as much information as possible about the road ahead before you schedule a consultation. To help you out, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about this treatment. If you do not find the specific information that you are curious about, give us a call so we can personally assist you.
During your dental implant surgery, your mouth will be numbed, and you may be sedated. Therefore, you can expect to feel little to nothing. After the sedation and anesthesia wear off, you may experience some discomfort, along with bleeding and swelling. We will give you detailed post-op instructions to help you deal with such symptoms. For example, you may need to take pain medications and apply cold compresses to the sides of your face. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a day or two of their procedure. However, some mild discomfort may linger for a few weeks.
Dental implant failure is rare, but when it does occur, it is often due to an infection called peri-implantitis. Peri-implantitis is a form of gum disease that is the result of bacteria sneaking into the tissue around an implant. Eventually, the infection can become so severe that it damages the bone around an implant, compromising its ability to support the prosthetic tooth.
Another possible reason for implant failure is failed osseointegration (a failure of the jawbone to bond with the implants). This may occur due to underlying medical conditions or certain lifestyle factors.
Your implant dentist in East Hartford will give you detailed guidance on how to reduce the risk of dental implant failure.
Smoking does not automatically disqualify you from getting dental implants; candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis, and it is based on numerous relevant factors. However, keep in mind that it can drastically increase your risk of infections, slow down your body’s healing process, and heighten the chances that your dental implants will fail. We strongly encourage you to kick the habit before you get implants. At the very least, you should abstain from smoking for at least two weeks before and three months after your placement surgery.
Dental implants are strong enough to handle virtually all of the same foods as natural teeth. You should feel free to enjoy all of your favorite meals, snacks, and treats. Of course, moderation is important; overindulging in hard, sticky, and sugary foods can pose a threat to your implants and their restorations.
However, eating a wide variety of foods will only be possible after you have thoroughly healed from your implant surgery, and your new teeth have been secured onto your implants. While you are recovering from surgery, you will need to eat soft foods (a liquid diet will be necessary for a while).