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Dental Implants – New Haven, CT

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Your teeth are extremely strong not just because of the enamel, but also due to the fact that they are rooted in your jawbone, which provides a sturdy foundation. When one goes missing, most replacements only bring back the part of the tooth you can see, which inherently makes them much less stable and reliable. Dental implants, on the other hand, bring back both the crown and the root, creating something that is the next best thing to nature. At New Haven Dental Group, we can fill in any gaps in your smile using this one-of-a-kind solution, and unlike other dental offices, we’ll be able to provide everything you need in one convenient location.

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Benefits of Dental Implants

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Who Dental Implants Can Help

Dentist showing patient an implant model

No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants may be a viable option. They can replace one tooth, a few teeth, and even a mouth full of teeth. When you visit us for your consultation, we will evaluate your needs, determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants, and design your custom treatment plan. We offer numerous types of lifelike restorations that can fill in the gaps in your smile and help you enjoy a strong, reliable set of teeth.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Father and adult son, both possible candidates for dental implants

The vast majority of adults with missing teeth are candidates for dental implants, either right away or following some preliminary treatments. Here are a few criteria that you should meet before your dental implant dentist in New Haven is likely to approve you for the procedure:

  • Fair overall health. You should be well enough to undergo minor surgery. Conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or severe immune disorders will need to be well-managed before your procedure.
  • Good oral health. It is important that you are free of active gum disease. Gum disease can affect the tissue around dental implants and drastically increase their risk of failure.
  • A strong jawbone. Your jawbone must be strong enough and thick enough to support your dental implants. If it is not currently, it may become so after a bone graft procedure.

Missing 1 Tooth

Animation of implant supported dental crown

If you are missing a single tooth, we will insert a single dental implant into your jawbone. After it has had adequate time to bond with the surrounding tissue, we will design a custom crown to go on top of it. Implant-supported crowns are superior to traditional bridges because they stimulate the jawbone and usually do not require that any of the nearby teeth be modified. Plus, because implants imitate the structure of natural teeth, they offer remarkable feel and function.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animation of implant supported fixed bridge

If your missing teeth are in a row, we will likely recommend an implant-supported dental bridge. A bridge that replaces two teeth may need just one implant to support it. If you have three or more missing teeth, you may need two dental implants. One will go at each end of the gap, and they can replace up to five consecutive missing teeth.

What if your missing teeth are not adjacent? Multiple single-tooth implants or an implant-supported partial denture may be the best solution for you. A partial denture can replace multiple teeth at different places throughout a dental arch with as few implants as possible.

Missing All Teeth

Animation of implant supported denture

An implant denture is usually the best solution for individuals who have lost all of their teeth throughout an arch. There are different types of implant dentures, including removable ones that require the support of just two or three dental implants, as well as permanent ones that are supported by 4 – 6 or more dental implants. We will carefully evaluate your needs and circumstances before we recommend the type of restoration that we believe is the best fit for you.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Animation of the implant tooth replacement process

The dental implant process takes place across several months and requires multiple treatment stages. While it does require a significant amount of time, the end result is well worth it! Our team of dentists and specialists will be with you through every step of your journey, including your implant placement surgery and restoration.

Exactly how dental implants work in New Haven varies from case to case, but it generally involves four major steps: the initial consultation, the implant placement surgery, osseointegration and abutment placement, and restoration.

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

During consultation, a dentist explains how dental implants work

Your implant dentist in New Haven will thoroughly examine your oral health and review your medical history. They may also order some X-Rays so they can view the area beneath your gumline. Then, they will be able to let you know if you are a candidate for dental implants. If you are not currently eligible, you may become so after some preliminary treatments, such as tooth extractions, a bone graft, or gum disease therapy. Once your mouth is ready, our team can begin to plan the rest of your dental implant treatment. Feel free to ask questions during your consultation — we want our patients to be well-informed!

Dental Implant Surgery

Illustration of dental implant in patient’s lower jaw

Some practices must refer patients to an outside specialist for this part of dental implant treatment. But at New Haven Dental, we have an expansive team that includes specialists who are more than capable of performing the surgery right here in our office. This makes the patient experience more efficient, and in many cases, less expensive.

During the procedure, we numb your mouth and may sedate you. Then, your dentist will create incisions in your gums before inserting your implants into your jawbone. After the incisions are closed, you can go home to begin your recovery. Most patients are able to return to work within a day or two of their procedure.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Illustration of dental implant and abutment for lower dental arch

Following your implant placement surgery, osseointegration will begin. This is the biological process through which your bone tissue will fuse with your dental implants, enabling them to serve as sturdy prosthetic tooth roots. Osseointegration usually takes at least 3 or 4 months, but in some cases, it takes longer.

After adequate osseointegration has occurred, you might need to undergo a second minor surgery. Your implants will be exposed, and healing caps will be placed on them. Later, you will receive abutments. Abutments are small connector pieces that secure restorations in place. (Some patients receive abutments at the same time as their implant placement surgery.)

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Happy patient admiring her new dental implant restorations

During this final stage of your treatment process, we will design a crown, bridge, or denture to go on top of your dental implants in New Haven. The size, shape, and color of your restoration will all be tailored to work with your unique facial features and oral anatomy. After a dental laboratory fabricates the restoration, we will verify its fit before we secure it in place. Then, you can go and begin to enjoy your beautiful, strong new smile!

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Model smile with implant supported dental crown

There is not a set price for the treatment — the cost of dental implants in New Haven varies from patient to patient. Before we begin treatment, we will be sure to go over all pricing information with you so there are never any surprises. While implants are certainly a big investment, we believe they are more than worth it. Plus, we offer some provisions that make them affordable for most patients, including financing, help with insurance, a dental discount plan, and a FREE consultation.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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It is common for patients to require some preliminary treatments before they can receive dental implants. For example, your implant dentist in New Haven might find that you need gum disease therapy, a bone graft, or tooth extractions. Each of these services has its own price.

The dental implant placement surgery has a separate fee. Its cost depends on numerous factors, including the number of implants we insert and the type of sedation we use. Since we perform this surgery right here in our office, you will not have to worry about dealing with the pricing policies of an outside dental practice.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dentist holding implant model, explaining how dental implants work

Not all dental implants in New Haven are the same. They can come from various manufacturers and have a variety of features. Plus, there are many types of restorations, ranging from single crowns to full-arch dentures. The materials used in your procedure will certainly have a bearing on your treatment’s overall cost. If more than one type of dental implant might work for you, we will clearly explain all of your options before you move forward with treatment.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Smiling woman enjoying money-saving benefits of dental implants

While dental implants have a higher upfront cost than traditional forms of tooth replacement, they may offer a better long-term value. That is because dentures and bridges may need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years, while dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. Over the course of a few decades, their cost per day is quite reasonable! Plus, because dental implants carry a lower risk of gum sores and can help to preserve your jawbone, they can spare you from spending money on various dental treatments.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental plan written on wooden blocks, sitting on tabletop

It is becoming quite common for dental insurance to cover implants. However, some policies still do not. You will have to check the details of your specific plan to discover how it applies. Our practice has many years of working with insurance; we will help you navigate your coverage and file claims. If your policy will not help with the cost of the implants themselves, it might help you with your final restorations or preparatory treatments.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Smiling senior woman, happy she invested in dental implants

In addition to assisting you with insurance, we offer a few resources that may help you to fit dental implants in New Haven into your budget:

  • Financing. CareCredit is a third-party creditor that offers no-interest and low-interest payment plans for medical and dental procedures.
  • The Essential Dental Plan. This plan is a provision for patients without insurance. For a low annual fee, you get to enjoy a number of preventive services at no extra cost, as well as a discount on other treatments, including dental implants.
  • Free Consultation. Are you still unsure of whether you want to move ahead with dental implants? You can find out more about the treatment for nothing out of pocket. Get in touch with us to schedule your free consultation.
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