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Dental Implants – South Windsor, CT

Permanent, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement

older couple smiling with dental implants in South WindsorTo say that missing teeth create problems in your life would be an understatement. Even one missing tooth can hinder your self-esteem, make it harder to chew your favorite foods, and increase your risk of oral health problems. Dental bridges and dentures can help, but they tend to break down after a few years at most, and they only recreate the visible parts of missing teeth. By contrast, dental implants in South Windsor provide the most stable and natural-looking solution to tooth loss available today. They can be used to replace everything from a single tooth to an entire smile, and if you’re looking to say “goodbye” to the gaps in your grin, we can help you get them right here at South Windsor Dental. Just call us to learn more!

Why Choose South Windsor Dental for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

dentist showing a patient how dental implants work

A dental implant is a small post, most often made from titanium, which is placed into the area where a missing tooth’s root was. Titanium promotes the growth of bone tissue, which enables the jawbone to fuse together with the implant post(s). This fusion, known as osseointegration, provides the stimulation the bone needs to stay healthy and whole, which prevents the disintegration of bone tissue that otherwise occurs after tooth loss.

When even just one tooth has been lost, preserving the integrity of the jawbone is important because it prevents the loss of the remaining natural teeth. Your risk of losing more teeth increases after you have experienced any amount of tooth loss, and replacing them with dental implants helps to prevent this -- keeping your smile healthy and whole.

Benefits of Dental Implants

smiling elderly woman holding a green apple

If you’ve lost one or more teeth over the years, dental implants in South Windsor allow you to enjoy a nearly perfect replica of your natural teeth. They are unlike any other dental prosthetic because they recreate the entire tooth structure. This allows you to benefit from several exceptional benefits that aren’t possible using traditional treatments, including:

Predictable, Reliable Results

dental bridge supported by two dental implants

Dental implants are the most reliable solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they have over a 95% success rate when the right aftercare is followed, like maintaining your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist in South Windsor at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. In the rare event that complications occur, don’t wait to call Dr. Curcio so that we can do our best to prevent dental implant failure.

Looks & Feels Like a Real Tooth

man at dentist’s office admiring his smile in a mirror

All-ceramic material is used to mimic the portion of your tooth visible above the gum line. The restoration is customized to match the exact size, shape, and color you need to blend in naturally with your remaining teeth. You can smile, chew, and speak with confidence because no one will know it isn’t real.

Additionally, a dental implant allows you to regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force because your jawbone supports the restoration. You’ll never need to worry about any slipping or irritation to enjoy your favorite foods again.

Improve Your Oral Health

implant denture on the upper arch

When you lose a tooth, you also slowly lose density in your jaw. A dental implant is the only treatment to stop bone loss caused by missing teeth. A titanium implant post acts as a new root, stimulating your jaw to encourage new bone growth.

With a dental implant keeping your jawbone strong, it stops dental drift to prevent your teeth from moving out of position. This decreases your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.

Cost-Effective Solution

elderly man talking to his dentist

You’ll initially pay more for dental implants than traditional treatments, but they are more affordable long-term. They are proven to last for decades with the right aftercare, so you should never need to pay to have them replaced. Not to mention, they preserve any remaining natural teeth to lower your overall dental expenses in the long run.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

dentist holding a model of a dental implant in the jaw

Dental implants in South Windsor, CT are a versatile treatment. Whether you need to replace one tooth, a few teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, they may be ideal for you.

Missing One Tooth

If you are hoping to replace a single missing tooth, an implant-retained crown is simply the best way to do it. After you have healed from having the implant post placed in your jaw, Dr. Sara Curcio will then attach a metal connector piece called an abutment to it, which is a small metal screw that will be used to support an all-porcelain crown. This will all come together to give you a restoration that is completely indistinguishable from your other teeth in every way.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you have a few missing teeth right next to one another, the crowns on top of your implants can even be bonded to other prosthetic teeth to form a fixed implant-supported dental bridge.

Missing All Teeth

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, implant dentures may work well for you. Rather than relying on natural suction to keep your denture in place, dental implants can give you a set of teeth you can always rely on. Dr. Curcio can supply you with a denture that attaches directly to multiple implant posts, and with this, you’ll enjoy a more secure and longer-lasting set of pearly whites.

One of the fundamental requirements a patient needs to get dental implants is a strong, thick jawbone, which can be an issue for someone who has suffered bone deterioration due to tooth loss. However, with All-on-4 dental implants, now even more people can benefit from this state-of-the-art solution. With just four strategically placed implant posts, Dr. Curcio can use them to securely hold an entire full denture. This procedure is so efficient that the implants and a temporary denture can often be placed on the same day, making it one of the quickest ways to restore your smile.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

three dental implant posts with abutments and crowns

There are a number of factors that go into determining the cost of a patient’s dental implant treatment. Preliminary work, the placement surgery, the number of implants needed, and the restoration each comes with its own cost. When you visit our team for your consultation, we can give you an estimate of your financial obligation. We can also help you explore your payment options. Although implants cost more than alternative treatments, they are well worth the cost! Their many benefits make them a worthwhile investment in your oral health, confidence, and everyday quality of life.

What Are the Types of Dental Implants?

two dental implants lying next to a set of false teeth

Believe it or not, there are several types of dental implants. Besides different materials, there are also several restorations and abutments to choose from. As a result, the cost of the treatment is determined by your individual needs. There are multiple factors that influence the price, like the number of teeth you’re replacing. Dr. Curcio will provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the fees associated with your treatment, such as:

SINGLE UNIT

On average, you can expect to pay:

  • Dental Implant: $1,000 to $3,000
  • Abutment & Crown: $500 to $3,000
  • Total Cost: $4,000 per implant on average.

IMPLANT BRIDGE

One to two dental implants are used to anchor your bridge to your jawbone. They cost about $4,000 depending on the number of teeth you’re treating.

MINI DENTAL IMPLANT

If you’ve lost bone density, you might be a candidate for mini dental implants, which can range from $500 to $30,000 depending on your treatment plan.

IMPLANT DENTURES

Four to ten dental implants can secure your denture to your jaw. On average, it costs around $30,000.

Why Are Dental Implants More Expensive?

dental team member showing paperwork to a patient

Dental implants cost more than traditional treatments because they recreate the tooth from the root up. This requires a multi-phased treatment plan that can take several months to complete. Each step in your treatment will have several costs.

Although dental implants are initially more expensive, they are more affordable long-term because they are proven to last for decades with the right aftercare. As a result, you’ll never need to worry about paying to have them replaced to lower your overall dental expenses.

How Should I Budget for Dental Implants?

dental implant lying on top of a stack of cash

Paying for dental implants is more affordable than you might realize because the entire amount isn’t due upfront. Instead, you can pay for each step in your plan separately, which may include:

  • Initial consultation
  • Additional procedures
  • Implant placement surgery
  • Abutment procedure
  • Restoration

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

dental insurance form

Every policy differs, but most dental insurances can be used to lower the cost of certain steps in your treatment after hitting your annual deductible, like the restorations. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to maximize your yearly limits. A member of our team will take the time to discuss any out-of-pocket dental implant cost and your payment options, like using third-party financing.

Dental Implant FAQs

dentist showing a dental implant to a patient

After reading the information above, you already know that when it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants are the best option currently available. Before you commit to them, though, it’s perfectly normal to have a few questions about the details of the treatment. During your initial consultation, we’ll take the time to address all of your questions and concerns. In the meantime, here are the answers to some of the questions about dental implants that we get asked the most frequently.

Am I too old for dental implants?

Once you’ve become an adult, age isn’t really a determining factor in your eligibility for dental implants. There are plenty of other factors that we consider instead, such as your general and oral health. As a rule of thumb, if your mouth and your body are in good condition, dental implants may be the right treatment for you. The healing process may take a bit longer the older you are, but as long as you’re healthy, you can still be an excellent candidate.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have a 95% success rate, even after several decades. Here are a few tips to ensure your new smile lasts as long as possible:

  • Brush your teeth and implant restoration twice a day with a soft-bristled brush
  • Floss under and around your restoration at least once daily
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools
  • Avoid chewing on inedible objects like pens and ice
  • Treat teeth grinding with a nightguard
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play sports
  • Attend checkups with your dentist in South Windsor at least once every six months

Why do I need a bone graft before getting dental implants?

In order for your dental implants to last, they need a strong foundation. Namely, they need to be anchored to a jawbone with enough density to support them. If you’ve experienced bone loss because of your missing teeth, we can take care of that. Artificial bone tissue can be grafted onto your existing jawbone. After a few months, your jawbone will have integrated with the artificial tissue until it’s strong enough to support as many implants as you need to complete your smile.

Can I get dental implants if I smoke?

Yes, but it comes with some risks. Smoking (or chewing) tobacco severely impairs the body’s, and particularly the mouth’s, natural healing processes. As a result, it takes longer for dental implants to fully fuse with the jawbone. In some cases, they may not even fuse at all. If you currently smoke and you’re considering dental implants, we highly recommend quitting entirely before undergoing the procedure. We’ll be happy to point you toward resources to help you kick the habit.

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