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Dental Implants — Enfield, CT

The Most Preferred Tooth Loss Solution

Are you tired of living with the challenges and embarrassment of missing teeth? If so, you have come to the right place. At Four Town Dental, we embrace the latest advancements in dentistry to deliver world-class services. We believe that you should benefit from the best, which is why we offer the most preferred tooth loss solution: dental implants in Enfield. No matter if you are missing one tooth or all your teeth, we will help you regain a beautiful, confident smile.

Why Choose Four Town Dental For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a small cylinder, usually made of a titanium alloy, that gets placed beneath the gum line in a minimally invasive surgery. It serves to replace the root of a missing tooth. Implants are placed strategically so that as few as possible are used to provide the support for the artificial teeth that will go on top of them. Patients may receive anywhere from one implant (for minor tooth loss) to ten or more if they require full-mouth reconstruction. Sometime after implants are placed, our team provides strong, natural-looking artificial teeth to go on top of them. Dental implants are the only tooth loss solution that replaces missing teeth both above and below the gumline, which allows them to improve your health and quality of life in ways that dentures and dental bridges simply cannot.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Woman admiring smile after 4 step dental implant processUnlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require a multistep process that spans the course of several months. During your consultation, we will walk you through the entire process step-by-step so you will know exactly what to expect throughout your journey.

While every patient’s treatment is unique, we can give you a general overview of how dental implants work in Enfield. There are four main stages of treatment: initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and delivery of final restorations. For most patients, our doctors are able to perform every part of the process right here at Four Town Dental.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Enfield implant dentist explaining how dental implants work

Your path to a renewed smile begins with an in-depth consultation. During this appointment, we may:

  • Ask you questions about your oral health, your overall health, and what you want your treatment to accomplish.
  • Perform a thorough examination to determine whether you require any preliminary treatments before you can receive implants.
  • Recommend a treatment plan for replacing your lost teeth.
  • Discuss the cost of your implant procedure and help you explore your payment options.

Dental Implant Surgery

Illustration of implant, abutment, and crown being placed in mouth

Some practices must refer patients to an outside specialist for the dental implant placement surgery. However, we are usually able to take care of the surgery right here at Four Town Dental. We enjoy offering our patients start-to-finish convenience for this remarkable treatment.

During your placement surgery appointment, our team will make sure you are comfortable. Then, your implant dentist in Enfield will create small incisions in your gums. Next, they will drill into your bone in order to make room for the implants. Once the implants are in place, the incision will be closed and you will go home to begin your recovery. We will give you detailed guidance on how to care for your mouth while it is healing.

Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment

Diagram of dental implants in Enfield Your soft tissue should heal fairly quickly after the implant placement procedure. However, it may take several months (perhaps 4 – 6) for the bone to recover. Throughout this period, a remarkable process known as osteointegration takes place; your bone will fuse to the implants, creating the strongest base possible for your new teeth.

Depending on the type of implants you receive, you may later need a second surgery wherein your dentist will attach abutments to the dental implants in Enfield. These abutments serve to connect the implants to your artificial teeth. In some cases, the abutments and the implants can be placed at the same time. There are even some situations in which we can provide patients with a temporary restoration during their osseointegration period.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Man smiles after getting dental implants in Enfield After your bone has healed and your abutments are in place, our team will restore your implants — that is to say, we will attach your new, custom-made prosthesis to them. Your prosthesis could be a crown, bridge, or full denture. We will coach you on how to care well for your new teeth. Then, you can go on your way and begin enjoying life with your restored smile! 

Benefits of Dental Implants

Smiling couple with dental implants in EnfieldDental implants in Enfield offer more potential advantages than any other tooth replacement method that modern dentistry has to offer. Let’s talk about some of the perks you could experience if you opt to restore your smile with this life-changing treatment.

Strong Jaw & Youthful Appearance

Healthy smiling woman with dental implants in EnfieldWhen you lose a tooth, the bone that used to support it begins to be resorbed — that is, the body recycles the bone, and your jaw becomes thinner and weaker as a result. The bone loss may also affect the shape of your face, even causing it to have a somewhat sunken appearance. Since implants mimic natural tooth roots, they can stimulate the jawbone and help to stop it from deteriorating.

A Beautiful Smile

Closeup of beautiful smile thanks to dental implants in EnfieldThe restorations that go on top of dental implants are made of high-quality materials, such as porcelain, that closely resemble natural teeth. When your custom implant-retained crown, bridge, or denture is crafted by a true expert, it will fit in seamlessly with your oral structures and provide you with an attractive smile.

Easy Daily Life

patient with dental implants in Enfield eating an appleAfter your implants and their restorations are in place, it should be fairly easy to care for your new smile. As long as you stick to a good oral hygiene routine (brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits), it is unlikely that you will experience any problems with your implants.

One of the most outstanding benefits of dental implants is their ability to give you a very strong bite. Therefore, you should be able to eat most (if not all) of our favorite foods without worrying that you will harm your implants or their restorations.

Benefits for Your Natural Teeth

Model of dental implants in EnfieldDental implants provide a few significant benefits for your remaining natural teeth:

  • They can prevent your teeth from drifting out of place, thereby helping you to maintain a well-aligned bite. They may also prevent your natural teeth from overerupting (extending too far from the gum line).
  • Placing dental implants seldom requires that natural teeth be modified or extracted.

Confident Speech

Confident, successful man with dental implants in EnfieldTeeth play an essential role in helping humans to enunciate certain sounds. Restoring your smile with implants will help you to communicate clearly with others; you won’t have to worry that you’ll have an embarrassing lisp or other language issues that relate to missing teeth.

Unmatched Comfort

Happy, healthy woman with dental implants in EnfieldImplants basically become part of your body, which makes them much more comfortable than other tooth replacement methods. In fact, you might even forget you have implants!

Long-Lasting Results

Smiling young man with dental implants in EnfieldSince implants form a bond with your body, they may very well stay in place for the rest of your life. Implant restorations could last for decades before you need to have them repaired or replaced. This is in stark contrast to other tooth replacement options, such as traditional dentures, which typically only last for five to eight years.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or have suffered extensive tooth loss, dental implants may be an appropriate solution for you. When you visit us for your consultation, we will determine whether you are a candidate for the implant procedure right away or if you need some preliminary care beforehand. We can also talk about how many implants you may need to achieve your goals. Most people who are interested in this form of tooth replacement can benefit from it!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Generally speaking, candidates for dental implants:

  • Are in good overall health. You should be well enough to recover from minor surgery.
  • Are free of serious oral health conditions. You should not have active gum disease or other oral health issues that could affect the success of your implants.
  • Have adequate jawbone size and density. Your bone should be able to support your prosthetic tooth roots for many years to come.

If you are unsure of whether you qualify for implants, visit us to talk about your options. Even if you are not a good candidate right away, you might become one after preliminary treatments, such as tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or a bone graft.

Missing One Tooth

If you are only missing one tooth, we may suggest that you receive a single crown to go on top of a single dental implant. This is a pretty straightforward procedure that can allow you to regain a complete smile without compromising the integrity and structure of the nearby teeth. Unlike a traditional bridge, a dental implant stands on its own strength and does not require any support from crowns placed on the abutment teeth. Therefore, it is stronger and better for your oral health.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, we may recommend that you receive a dental implant bridge. Unlike a traditional bridge, this type of prosthetic does not rely on the natural teeth for support. Rather, it is supported by dental implants. Usually, we place one implant at each end of the empty space. Crowns go on top of the implants, and one or more artificial teeth spans the gap.

If your missing teeth are not all consecutive, we will recommend a different type of treatment. For example, you might need a partial implant denture or multiple single implants.

Missing All Teeth

If you are missing all or most of your teeth, an implant denture may be the perfect way to regain your smile. These dentures are supported by several implants that are placed at strategic locations throughout the jawbone to keep your new smile securely and comfortably in place.

We are proud to offer both removable and fixed implant denture options. We are even able to provide All-on-4 treatment, which is a special approach to dental implant treatment that can replace an entire arch of lost teeth as efficiently as possible.

During your consultation, we can help you weigh the pros and cons of each of your implant denture options so you can make the best decision about how to move forward.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Person using calculator to budget for dental careDental implants tend to cost more than traditional forms of tooth replacement. Depending on the details of your treatment plan, your total bill may amount to thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. However, they are an excellent value due to the many benefits they offer. The vast majority of patients who get them have no regrets about their decision!

You can rely on our team to be upfront about the financial aspect of your care. We do not want you to run into any unwelcome surprises when you are paying for your treatment. We also offer some provisions that may be able to help you afford your implants, such as financing and a FREE consultation.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Dentist and patient reviewing X-raySome patients must undergo preliminary treatments before they get dental implants. For example, you might require extractions, gum disease therapy, or a bone graft. Each of these services comes with its own price.

The dental implant surgery itself has a separate fee. Since we are able to perform this procedure right here in our office, you will not have to go through the stress of dealing with the pricing structure of an outside specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dental implant, abutment, and crown featured against gray backgroundSome aspects of your treatment that could affect its cost include:

  • The number of dental implants you need.
  • The type/size/manufacturer of the implants.
  • The size and type of your final restoration (the crown, bridge, or denture that will go on top of your dental implants).

If you have any questions about where your dental implants come from, feel free to ask. We strive to use only top-quality materials in our practice.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Healthy, smiling gray-haired manDental implants may seem expensive, but they actually have the potential to save you money in the long run.

  • Dental implants last a long time. In fact, they might last for the rest of your life! That makes them a better long-term value than forms of tooth replacement that need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years, such as traditional dentures.
  • Dental implants can help you to stay healthy. By enabling you to eat a variety of nutritious foods and providing other health benefits, your implants may reduce your overall medical costs.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Two people conferring over insurance documentsMore and more dental insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for dental implants. You should check the details of your specific plan to find out if it covers this type of treatment. Even if the implants themselves are not covered, there is a good chance that your benefits will cover other aspects of your treatment, such as preliminary procedures or your final restoration. Our team welcomes insurance, and we will be happy to help you maximize your policy.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Two tooth models in front of hand holding payment cardAside from insurance, there are a few provisions that might make it easier for you to afford your care:

  • A FREE consultation. We offer free consultations for cosmetic smile makeovers and dental implants.
  • Most patients qualify for low-interest financing through CareCredit or Sunbit.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan provides reduced fees on most of the services available in our office. Signing up is easy, and you can start using your benefits right away.
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