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Dental Implants – Shelton, CT

Regain Your Strong & Confident Smile

 

Missing teeth can change your entire life, leaving you nervous about smiling in front of others or making it difficult to eat the foods you love. There are several options for tooth replacement, but one stands out above the rest in how close it comes to looking and feeling like your original, natural teeth: dental implants. Over 5 million implants are placed in the United States every year, and the patients who receive them enjoy healthier, stronger grins as a result. Call the Dental Center of Huntington today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Graber to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Shelton, CT.

Why Choose Dental Center of Huntington for Dental Implants?

  • Entire Procedure Completed Under One Roof
  • Expertly Crafted Restorations
  • Skilled Restorative and Cosmetic Dentist

What is a Dental Implant?

Animated smile with dental implant supported replacement tooth

Instead of directly replacing teeth, dental implants are meant to provide a foundation for a dental prosthetic such as a single crown, a dental bridge, or dentures. The implant itself is a thin titanium post that is normally shaped like a screw, and it is inserted into the jawbone in the areas where teeth have been lost. The bone joins with the titanium through a process called osseointegration, effectively turning the implant into a sturdy new “root” for artificial teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Woman sharing smile after dental implant tooth replacement

Just like traditional bridges and dentures, implants help your mouth function normally again so that you can eat, speak, and smile without reservation. But implants have many additional advantages as well, such as:

  • An Improved Appearance: Tooth roots are necessary to stimulate bone growth in your jaw. Implants provide such stimulation, which stops the bone from breaking down. This prevents your facial structure from collapsing, helping you maintain a younger appearance.
  • Natural Look and Feel: Once your implant has joined with your jaw and has been topped with an expertly customized restoration, it will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
  • Improved Diet: The chewing strength implants provide lets you enjoy all your favorite foods again.
  • Easy Maintenance: You can take care of your implants by brushing and flossing every day as you would normally.
  • Longer Lifespan: Your typical traditional denture or bridge might last roughly 10 to 15 years, but implant posts can stay in the mouth for decades.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Man smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

Before implant surgery, Dr. Graber needs to take X-rays of your mouth to confirm that there is an adequate amount of bone tissue available and that there are no oral health issues that might cause the implant to fail. We can then start planning the procedure based on how many teeth have been lost.

Animated dental implant supported dental crown

Missing Single Tooth

About 120 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. A single implant can be used to fill such a gap. We can attach a lifelike ceramic crown to the post once your mouth has completely healed after the placement surgery (which typically takes a few months).

Animated dental implant supported fixed bridge

Missing Multiple Teeth

A dental bridge can replace several teeth in a row, but the downside is that permanent changes have to be made to some of your natural teeth in order to place the restoration. However, we can preserve these teeth by using a pair of dental implants to support a bridge instead.

Animated dental implant supported denture

Missing All Teeth

People who wear dentures often have to worry about their false teeth slipping at awkward moments, but this won’t be a problem if they’re being retained by implants. To support a full denture, about 4 to 6 implant posts are typically required.

How Dental Implants Work

Animated part of the dental implant and replacement tooth

The dental implant process is broken into a few different stages:

  • First, a consultation is performed to confirm that you’re a good candidate for the surgery.
  • Next, we’ll place the implants into your jaw and allow time for the bone to fuse with the metal.
  • Finally, once the implants are firmly rooted in place, we can design and attach your prosthetic tooth or teeth.

All of the above steps can be conveniently completed right here at Dental Center of Huntington so that you don’t have to worry about driving across town to a specialist that you barely know.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Three animated dental implant supported dental crowns

In the midst of researching the benefits of implants and determining whether they’re right for you, there’s one important question you need to answer as soon as possible: how much will dental implants ultimately cost? The surgery will be tailored to your unique needs, and the final price will reflect that. You can discuss the factors that affect implant costs with Dr. Graber during your initial consultation. This will also be your chance to ask about your payment options.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant and crown next to stack of money

Sometimes you might have to pay for tooth extractions in order to make room for dental implants to be placed. You may also require periodontal therapy or bone grafts to restore the health of your mouth before the implant process actually begins. These preliminary treatments all have their own costs that you’ll need to take into account.

Of course, when talking about costs related to implants, you can’t forget about the dental implant surgery itself. One advantage of having the implant procedure done at the Dental Center of Huntington is that the surgery is performed under the same roof as the implant restoration. This makes paying the requisite fees much easier since you don’t have to worry about receiving bills from separate practices.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Single dental implant integrated with jaw

Dental implant posts and abutments are normally made of titanium due to its biocompatible properties. The crown, bridge, or denture supported by the posts will be composed of a lifelike ceramic material that closely matches the appearance of real teeth. Not only does each part of the implant have its own cost to think about, but the price can vary depending on the material used as well as the manufacturer. Dr. Graber has very carefully selected highly reliable manufacturers who in turn use the best materials for restoring and maintaining smiles.

Final Dental Implant Restoration

Dentist showing patient different parts of implant

A dental crown supported by a single implant will naturally be less costly than a dental bridge anchored to two implants – which in turn will carry a lower cost than a denture that requires four to eight implants. The extent of your tooth loss and the type of restoration needed to correct it will have a dramatic influence on how much you end up paying for your treatment. We’ll make sure you understand your options and help you pick the most cost-effective solution.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Female patient checking her smile in the mirror

We’ll need to review your individual policy with you to determine whether your insurance covers implant treatment. You should also double check with your insurance carrier to make sure that you fully understand your coverage. In many cases, the implants themselves will not be covered, but you can still use insurance to help pay for related preliminary treatments and parts of the restoration.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

When dental insurance doesn’t cover your care, you can still use CareCredit financing to break up the cost of care into smaller installments that are easier to fit into your budget. We can help you apply for a CareCredit plan that’s customized just for you.

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