Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for one or more missing teeth. They offer the same health benefits as a natural tooth and are designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants consist of a titanium post, connecting abutment, and a crown. Together, these parts look and act like a natural tooth and restore confidence and functionality to your smile.
Our team of oral surgeons are experts in implant dentistry and designing custom treatment plans to improve the oral health of our patients. Dr. Stuart Lieblich, Dr. Mark Fletcher, Dr. Daniel Gill, and Dr. Riccardo Ambrogio treat patients with the highest level of care and compassion in all of our offices located in Avon, Glastonbury, and Enfield, Connecticut.
Top Benefits of Dental Implants
- Convenience. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth, and are cared for with regular brushing and flossing.
- Durability. Enjoy eating your favorite foods without worrying about having to remove dentures or bridges or experiencing discomfort.
- Oral Health. The implant post fuses to the jaw bone, providing stimulation and preventing the bone from deteriorating. Dental implants are the only restorative solution that maintains jaw bone health.
- Confidence. Having a complete smile will improve your self-esteem and you will be able to smile, laugh, and eat with confidence again.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are incredibly versatile, and their use can be tailored to your exact needs. During your consultation, your oral surgeon will assess the current state of your oral health and determine the right type of treatment for you.
- Single Implant. One dental implant can replace one missing tooth. This can be repeated throughout the mouth as needed.
- Immediate Implants. Your surgeon can place an implant into the empty socket immediately after a tooth is extracted.
- Implant-Supported Bridges. Instead of your natural teeth being ground down to fit a bridge, dental implants can support it, protecting your other teeth. This is ideal for patients missing multiple teeth next to each other.
- Full-Arch Restoration. Several dental implant posts can support a fixed denture, providing the same benefits as dental implants while completely restoring your entire smile.
Dental Implant Surgery
Your surgeon will outline the details of your surgical procedure during your first visit. At this appointment, we will take 3D scans of your mouth to assist in planning the exact angle and depth of the implant. Our practice offers many forms of anesthesia to keep you comfortable during any procedure.
When your chosen anesthesia takes effect, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and place the implant post. Sutures may be placed at the implant site, if necessary, and you will rest in our office until the anesthesia wears off and you are ready to go home. Be sure to follow your post-operative instructions closely. They contain information about how to maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent infection and dry socket.
The post will fuse to your jaw bone over the next few months. Once healed, the abutment is attached and your restorative dentist places your final crown.
Cost and Value of Dental Implants in Enfield, CT
Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery provides competitive prices for care in the Avon, Glastonbury, and Enfield areas. Your cost of treatment will depend on the extent of your surgery, your choice of anesthesia, and your insurance. Schedule a consultation with our surgeons to receive an accurate cost estimate based on your specific needs.
Removable dentures and bridges may be cheaper upfront, but they do not maintain the integrity of the jaw bone. This can lead to costly and extensive bone repair treatment in the future. Dentures must be removed during every meal and must be cleaned using special solutions. Dental implants are permanently fixed in the and are cleaned just like real teeth.
When placed correctly, dental implants have a high success rate and will last a lifetime with proper care. They are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents bone loss, because removable dentures and bridges only sit on top of the bony ridge and do not stimulate the jaw. For a long-term solution that looks and feels natural, dental implants are the right choice for replacement teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do they put you to sleep for dental implants?
Some dental implants can be placed using local anesthesia, which only numbs the surgical site. More extensive implant placement procedures, such as full-arch restoration or multiple tooth replacements, may require IV sedation. This puts the patient into a sleep-like state, unable to feel discomfort. Many patients wake up when the procedure is over and don’t remember the surgery.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
If you are having a tooth extracted, we can place a dental implant the same day as long as there is enough bone to support the implant. Full-arch restoration can often be completed in one day as well. For this, we extract any remaining teeth in the dental arch and place the implant posts into the jaw bone to support the permanent prosthesis.
Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
Patients with suppressed immune systems, cancer, or those with significant bone loss may not be candidates for dental implants. We perform an extensive examination during the first visit to assess your oral health and determine the right treatment for you.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
It generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes for a single implant. This time will vary depending on if you require extractions or bone grafts and the number of implants you need. If you’re undergoing IV anesthesia, you can expect to be in the office for at least 90 minutes on the day of your procedure.