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Dental Implants — Manchester, CT

Replace Missing Teeth for Life

In today’s modern dental landscape, one reconstructive service stands apart from the rest – dental implants. At First Line Dental, we strongly encourage patients with varying degrees of tooth loss to consider this state-of-the-art service, which provides outstanding health benefits in addition to seamless aesthetics, durable function, and much more. To learn more about dental implants and how you can start working towards the confident, re-completed smile you deserve, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with our office here in Manchester, CT.

Why Choose First Line Dental For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Closeup of dental implant in Manchester

Dentures and dental bridges only replace the visible portion of missing teeth, leaving much to be desired in terms of comfort and stability. On the other hand, dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth both above and below the gumline. To do this, a small titanium implant post is inserted directly into the jawbone to mimic the roots of a missing tooth. Not only does this provide a strong foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth, but it promotes a stronger, healthier jawbone. On top of the implant post, a small connector piece called an abutment secures the final restoration in place. This crown, bridge, or denture is custom-made to seamlessly replace any number of missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth from the roots up gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural. That is why dental implants are considered by dentists and patients alike to be the gold standard of tooth replacement.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Handsome man smiling about dental implant treatment process

The dental implant process takes place across several months and requires multiple treatment stages. Although it presents a significant investment of time, the end results are well worth it! Our talented team will be with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation to the placement of your final restorations.

Exactly how dental implants work in Manchester varies from patient to patient, but we can give you an overview of how the process usually works:

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Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dentist and patient talking during dental implant consultation

During your complimentary dental implant consultation, your implant dentist in Manchester will thoroughly examine your mouth. We may also use our imaging equipment to get a better understanding of your oral structures. Armed with that information, we will be able to begin formulating a treatment plan and explain to you what you can expect on the road ahead. We will also let you know if you need to undergo any preliminary treatments, such as tooth extractions or bone grafts, before you are able to receive dental implants.

Feel free to speak up during your consultation if you have any questions. We want you to be able to commit to your treatment with confidence!

Dental Implant Surgery

Female patient and dentist posing together before implant surgery

During your surgery, your dentist will create incisions in your gums, then carefully insert the dental implants at precise, pre-planned locations in your jawbone. Then, they will close the incisions so you can begin your recovery. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a couple days of their procedure.

Although the prospect of oral surgery might seem a bit intimidating, there is no need to worry. Your mouth will be numbed, and you may be sedated as well. Our entire team places a high priority on patient comfort.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

Single dental implant, integrated with surrounding bone tissue

As you recover from your surgery, osseointegration will begin. This is the biological process through which the dental implants in Manchester form a bond with the surrounding tissue. It is what ensures that they can serve as strong, stable prosthetic tooth roots for your new teeth.

After adequate osseointegration has occurred, you may have to undergo a second minor surgery. During it, your implants will be exposed, and healing caps will be attached to them. Later, you will receive abutments. Abutments are small connector pieces that will serve to keep your restoration in place. (Some patients are able to receive abutments at the same time as their initial implant surgery.)

Delivery of Dental Restorations

Woman smiling during her dental implant restoration appointment

When you are ready to receive your restorations, we will begin the process of designing the crown, bridge, or denture that will go on top of your dental implants. We always strive to create restorations whose size, shape, and color is a perfect complement for a patient’s facial aesthetics and oral anatomy. After a trustworthy dental laboratory fabricates your restorations, we will attach them to your implants. Before you go home, we will give you some pointers on how to adjust to using your new teeth.

Would you like to learn more about what you can expect during the dental implant treatment process? Our team is ready to answer all of your questions!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Smiling dentist holding model of dental implants in Manchester

While the white crown that shows in your smile may be the star of the show, a tooth’s natural structure extends beyond it. Below the gumline, you will also find a root that stimulates the jawbone and provides a reliable foundation. When a natural tooth is lost, this root disappears as well, and while traditional tooth replacement services like bridges and dentures faithfully recreate the crown, they ignore this equally important component. Thankfully, dental implants provide top to bottom tooth replacement. They are the next best thing to natural teeth!

Continue reading to learn more about the many benefits of dental implants in Manchester.

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Lifestyle Benefits

Friends enjoying meal together with help of dental implants

Many denture wearers believe their prosthetic limits their ability to live life to the fullest. Are you among them? If so, dental implants in Manchester may be the ideal solution for you. Some of the lifestyle benefits they offer include:

  • The ability to eat what you want. The bite force provided by dental implants rivals that of natural teeth, so they can enable you to eat virtually anything without taking special precautions.
  • Confidence in smiling and speaking. Implant restorations bear a strong resemblance to natural teeth. In fact, onlookers may have no idea that you have had a bit of dental work done. Plus, because implants are so sturdy, they will not move in your mouth as you speak, so you can interact confidently with friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
  • Easy maintenance. Caring for an implant-supported smile is not complicated or time-consuming. In many ways, maintaining dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth.

Health Benefits

Senior man enjoying the health benefits of dental implants

Tooth loss is correlated with some serious health conditions. For example, it might increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Missing teeth can even be a factor in shortened longevity. Because dental implants so closely mimic natural teeth, they may be able to mitigate some of these risks.

Implants also offer some significant benefits for oral health:

  • Jawbone preservation. After you lose a tooth, the bone that once supported it begins to deteriorate. Over time, the deterioration can reach the point where the face takes on a sunken appearance. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and help to keep it strong, whole, and shapely.
  • Because implants are anchored in the jawbone instead of sitting on the gums, they are more comfortable than traditional dentures.
  • Prevention of dental drift. Tooth loss leads to dental drift, which means that the remaining natural teeth may move out of their proper places. Dental implants serve as placeholders that keep your teeth where they belong.
  • No need to modify nearby teeth. Placing a traditional bridge requires that the abutment teeth be modified. Since dental implants are self-supporting, they usually allow nearby teeth to remain intact.

Long-Term Benefits

Older couple enjoying long-term benefits of dental implants

After your implant dentist in Manchester restores your teeth, you can look forward to many years of benefits. In fact, this treatment has a 10-year success rate of over 90%. Many patients are even able to retain their implants for a lifetime. The longevity of dental implants may make them a better monetary value than prosthetics that need to be replaced every few years, such as traditional dentures.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Closeup of dental implant in Manchester pointing to woman’s smile

Whether your smile contains a single gap or several, dental implants in Manchester offer a high degree of versatility. They can be successfully paired with several different types of restorations. Our team will help you decide which option is the right fit for your goals and personal preferences.

Most adults qualify for dental implants. Even if you are not currently a candidate, there is a good chance that, with our assistance, you can become one in the future!

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Mother and adult son, both potential candidates for dental implants

Most adults who are missing one or more teeth qualify for dental implants, either right away or after some preparatory procedures. Typically, dental implant candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Good overall health. You should be free of any medical conditions that might compromise your body’s ability to heal well after minor surgery.
  • Good oral health. It is important that do not have active gum disease because it can greatly increase the risk of dental implant failure.
  • Adequate jawbone density. Your jawbone should be thick enough and dense enough to accommodate your dental implants. If it is not, it may become so after a bone graft.
  • Good habits. Dental implants tend to do best in patients who have excellent oral hygiene habits and avoid the use of all tobacco products.

Missing 1 Tooth

closeup of diagram of single tooth dental implant in Manchester

If you are missing only one tooth, an individual dental implant can be paired with an all-ceramic dental crown. Not only is this restorative option aesthetically pleasing, but it can fit right into place alongside your natural teeth without anyone being the wiser. It can be used to replace a tooth in any part of the mouth. This type of tooth replacement is superior to a traditional dental bridge because it usually does not require that any of your natural teeth be modified. It also has a longer life expectancy and offers the most comfortable, most reliable function possible.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Closeup of diagram of implant bridge in Manchester

All-ceramic dental crowns can be successfully placed over dental implants in several areas of the mouth, but a more cost-effective option may be to replace consecutive lost teeth with an implant-retained bridge. This style of lifelike prosthetic is securely anchored in place with two dental implants, each one placed on a different side of the gap.

Alternatively, if your missing teeth are not consecutive, you might qualify for partial denture. This type of restoration replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout an arch, with the support of as few dental implants as possible.

Missing All Teeth

Closeup of diagram of implant dentures in Manchester

If we need to replenish an entire arch of your smile, implant dentures can provide full, reliable coverage. Instead of replacing each individual tooth with its own implant, a small number of implants (typically 4 – 6 implants, depending on an individual’s circumstances) are strategically positioned to provide optimal support to the denture. This style of prosthetic can be permanently fixed in place, but there are also options that are easy for patients to remove on their own. During your consultation, your dental implant dentist in Manchester will recommend the type of restoration that they believe is best for you.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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There are several components that contribute to the overall cost of dental implants in Manchester. Depending on a long list of factors, the cost of dental implants can vary widely from patient to patient. Typically, you can expect to pay $2,000-$5,000 for a single tooth implant, and the price increases from there. Please keep in mind that while dental implants may seem expensive at first glance, it is important to think ahead to the future. Over the long-term, they often present a better monetary value than other forms of tooth replacement that need to be replaced every few years.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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Many patients require preliminary treatments before they can get dental implants. For example, your implant dentist in Manchester might determine that you need gum disease therapy, a bone graft, or tooth extractions. Each of these treatments incurs its own cost.

Once your mouth is ready for implants, you will undergo your implant placement surgery, the cost of which will depend on how many implants are being placed as well as the type of sedation that is used. We perform this procedure in-house, so you will not have to worry about dealing with the pricing structure of an outside practice.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dentist with model implant explaining the cost of dental implants in Manchester

There are many different types of dental implant treatments. Logically, a single implant will cost less than a set of 4 – 6 implants. Also, implants can come from different manufacturers and be made from various materials. If more than one type of dental implant treatment would be appropriate for you, we will clearly explain the pros and cons of each of your options.

The Final Dental Implant Restoration

Smiling young woman admiring her new dental implants in Manchester

If you require one crown to replace a single tooth, it is right to assume that you will pay less than if you require a multi-unit bridge or a full denture. Some average prices of restorations in the United States are:

  • Single implant (including implant, abutment, and restoration): $3,000-$5,000
  • Implant bridge: $5,000-$16,000
  • Complete set of dentures: $35,000 to $60,000

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental insurance paperwork for the cost of dental implants in Manchester

It is becoming more and more common for dental insurance companies to cover dental implants in Manchester because they recognize the many benefits of the treatment, but there are still some policy providers who are behind the times. Our team will help you navigate your coverage and answer your questions about how it applies to your recommended treatment plan. We will also file claims in your behalf. Even if your plan does not cover the implants themselves, it might help you with preliminary treatments or the cost of your final restorations.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Couple learning about how to pay for dental implants in Manchester

In addition to helping you with your insurance, we offer a few provisions that may make it easier for you to fit dental implants into your budget:

  • We accept CareCredit, a third-party lender that provides low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental treatments.
  • Essential Dental Plan. The Essential Dental Plan is designed for patients without insurance. It provides a significant discount on all dental services.
  • Free consultation. If you are still not sure if dental implants are right for you, visit us for a no-cost consultation.
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