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Dental Implants — Farmington, CT

Restoring Your Smile with Beauty and Function

If you have lost permanent teeth, dental implants can offer you a new lease on life. They are solid, secure, and aesthetically pleasing. At Farmington Valley Dental,  Dr. Thomas Peters  is a board-certified implantologist, and his attentive, experienced staff provides patients from throughout our community with positive oral health through a variety of restorative dentistry services, including dental implants. Keep reading to find out why dental implants in Farmington are one of the most reliable and long-lasting tooth replacements available.

Why Choose Farmington Valley Dental For Dental Implants?

  • #1 Dr. Peters Has Over 25 Years of Advanced Training & Experience
  • #2 Entire Dental Implant Treatment Completed Here In Our Office
  • #3 Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth for Life

How Are Dental Implants Different?

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Dental implants are far different than other types of tooth replacement like dental bridges or dentures. This is because dental implants involve the use of a dental implant post, which is a small, titanium screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone. This replaces the root structure of the missing tooth, providing a secure and highly reliable foundation for the prosthetic tooth, whether that be a crown, bridge, partial, or full denture. This means you will never have to worry about slipping, irritation, or discomfort.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Your dental implant journey begins with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Peters. Once he determines that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment, the implants will be surgically placed throughout your jawbone at precise, pre-planned positions. Thereafter, the implants will bond with your body in a process known as osseointegration so they can act as substitutes for the roots of your missing teeth. Then, finally, your beautiful and strong new teeth will be attached to the implants.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants come with some advantages that you simply can’t get with traditional tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dentures. After receiving dental implants, patients enjoy benefits like:

  • Jawbone Preservation: They are the only tooth replacement that preserves your jawbone.
  • Long-Lasting Results: Because they fuse to your jawbone, your dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Solution for Varying Degrees of Tooth Loss: Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even your whole smile.
  • A Lifelike Solution: Dental implants are the only solution that restores your tooth root and the tooth.
  • Restored Chewing Power: They allow for natural function and biting power.
  • Maintain Optimal Oral Health: They maintain the health of your remaining natural teeth.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Implants can help replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full set of teeth. If you have been suffering with partial or full dentures, are missing teeth, or feel you need teeth extracted, do not hesitate to call to be evaluated for implants. Our team looks forward to talking with you about your restorative dentistry options and providing you with the information you need to make the oral health decision that is best for you.

Missing 1 Tooth

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Are you missing just one tooth? It’s still important that you get it replaced to avoid shifting or damage of your remaining teeth. Dr. Peters will use an implant-retained dental crown, which is custom-made using high-quality ceramics to give you a restoration that seamlessly completes your smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

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If you’re missing multiple consecutive teeth, we can use an implant-retained dental bridge to restore the gap in your smile. Using two dental implants on either side to anchor your prosthetic in place, Dr. Peters will be able to restore your smile’s function and natural appearance.

Missing All Teeth

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If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, your best option is implant-retained dentures. This solution gives you a replacement for your entire smile with the security and function of dental implants. Additionally, those who already have dentures but are looking for a better feeling and functioning option can benefit from implant-retained dentures.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Dental implants come at a higher price than other options for tooth replacement, but they could not be more worth it. There is no fixed cost of dental implants—so you will need to schedule a consultation with our office to find out what you can expect to pay. Dr. Peters will consider the health of your jawbone, how many teeth you are missing, where you’re missing them, and other factors to determine the cost of your dental implants. After this in-depth examination, he will be able to provide you with a fair and more precise estimate.

What Do Dental Implants Cost?

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During an implant consultation with your dentist in Farmington, the following factors will be considered to determine what your dental implants will cost: the number of teeth you’re missing, where they are missing, the health of your jawbone, and other special considerations.

How Many Teeth Are Missing?

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Dental implant posts are individually priced, which means this factor will usually have the greatest influence over the total cost of your procedure. A single missing tooth is less costly to replace than a full arch, for example. However, an individual post is not needed for cases of multiple or complete tooth loss. We can be strategic while still achieving a secure fit for the prosthetic.

Where In the Jaw Are The Missing Teeth Located?

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Your dentist will have a different approach for dental implants depending on their location in the jaw. Front teeth may be more costly to replace than molars or premolars due to aesthetic concerns which result in a more complex procedure.

How Healthy is the Jawbone?

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Patients who have been missing teeth for a while or who have had severe gum disease (periodontitis) may need to have a bone graft or sinus lift to create the right environment for dental implants. This initial procedure increases the cost of an implant procedure.

Are There Any Other Special Considerations?

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Other factors that may influence the cost of a dental implant procedure include what type of anesthesia/sedation are used, how many preparatory appointments are needed, and others.

And the Grand Total Is…

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It depends! It’s difficult to give a proper estimate for your dental implant procedure without seeing you in person. Once we have a better idea of the total cost, we can begin discussing ways to make paying for dental implants more convenient. Dental insurance can often be used for portions of the procedure, and patient financing is also available to help split the bill up into more convenient payments. To discuss this tooth replacement and how much you can expect to pay for yours, we invite you to  contact us today !

Dental Implant FAQs

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Dental implants have quickly become the most sought-after choice for replacing missing teeth and it’s easy to see why. They not only feel stronger and more natural than other options, but they can last a lifetime as well. But even after understanding the benefits of dental implants, it’s still common to have a few questions. At Farmington Valley Dental, Dr. Peters has helped countless patients restore their smiles with implants and has compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions below.

Are All Dental Implants The Same?

There are different types of dental implants that are used in different situations. Mini-implants, which are smaller and shorter than traditional implants, can be used to anchor full dentures.

They’re often a great choice for patients who have experienced bone loss in their jaws and, in many cases, just 2-6 mini-implants are necessary per arch.

Does It Hurt To Get Dental Implants?

It’s understandable that implants might  seem  like they would be painful, but they essentially act as replacement roots, so you won’t feel them any more than you feel the roots of your natural teeth.

As for the procedure itself, many of our patients say that it was no more difficult than having an extraction and that the discomfort was much less than they expected. And, as a dentist in Farmington with your comfort in mind, we’ll always start by fully numbing the area before doing any procedure.

Are Dental Implants Noticeable?

An implant sits under the gumline, so it’s completely invisible. And since it looks, feels, and functions so naturally, no one will know it’s there. In fact, the only way for anyone to see your implant is to take an X-ray showing the titanium post in the jaw.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants stimulate new bone growth, allowing the jawbone to fuse to the post. As a result, they offer a 95% 10-year success rate. With the right aftercare, the implant post can potentially last for a lifetime. To promote its longevity, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene and regular appointments with your dentist in Farmington. While the post can last forever, your dental crown will suffer from daily wear and tear. On average, it will need to be replaced about every 10 years.

Do Dental Implants Feel Natural?

With the use of the dental implant post, your smile will closely look and feel natural as they are securely held in place. In fact, when compared to traditional dentures, dental implants offer an increased biting force of over 70%.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

There is no set price for the procedure because it varies from person to person. There are several factors that influence the cost, such as how many teeth need to be replaced, if additional procedures are needed, and your insurance coverage. While you can expect to pay more upfront, they offer a long-term investment and will be more cost-effective in the future because you do not need special cleaning products, adjustments, or new prosthetics made every few years.

Can Dental Implants Stop Bone Recession?

Dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that stops bone recession from missing teeth. The implant post stimulates the jawbone, encouraging new bone growth. This helps to preserve your bone density to protect any remaining natural teeth and your facial structures.

Where Can I Get Dental Implants?

If you are ready to see if you are a candidate for dental implants, Farmington Valley Dental can help. Dr. Thomas Peters will perform a comprehensive examination to see if they are the right option for you. With a carefully crafted treatment plan, he will help you regain a complete smile with a predictable and reliable solution.

Still Have Questions?

If you’d like to know more about implants,  call us today.  We’d love to show you how they can be used to restore your smile!