Dental Implants – Farmington, CT

Bring Back Your Smile for Life

The number one reason for adult tooth loss in the United States is severe, untreated gum disease. Missing teeth negatively affect your oral function, creating an improper bite that makes it difficult to chew, and it also contributes to the loosening of remaining teeth. Missing teeth can also contribute to the loss of your jawbone and the softening of your facial structure. But dental implants from our Farmington, CT periodontist can prevent all of these problems and more while helping periodontal patients get their smiles back permanently.

Why Choose BPS Periodontics for Dental Implants?

  • Led by 2 Board-
    Certified Periodontists
  • Advanced Technology for
    a Smooth Experience
  • Customized Treatment
    Plans for Each Patient

What are Dental Implants?

Model tooth compared with dental implant

Dental implants are an optimum solution for replacing missing teeth. Not only are the posts made from biocompatible materials, which simulate real tooth roots that the jawbone will fuse around, but they are durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Periodontist explaining the four step dental implant process to dental patient

Whereas other dental practices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for their dental implants, our team can perform the entire procedure in-house! Of course, your treatment will involve multiple steps and appointments to ensure that your results are incredible, lifelike, and effective for rebuilding your smile. We’ll walk you through the details of the process during your consultation so you know how dental implants work and what to expect. Until then, here’s the general outline of steps for your treatment.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

a patient learning how dental implants work in Farmington

To make sure that dental implants would be a viable choice for you, we’ll first give you an exam as well as ask about your dental and medical history. We’ll also answer any questions you might have about the procedure. Sometimes a patient may require preliminary procedures to be a good candidate for the process, such as bone grafting or gum disease therapy. After we’ve confirmed that your oral and overall health is in good shape, we can move forward with your treatment.

Dental Implant Surgery

an oral surgeon performing dental implant placement surgery

If you agree to get dental implants, we can schedule you for the placement procedure at a later time. On the day of your surgery, our team will first numb your mouth with a local anesthetic to keep you pain-free throughout your visit. You may even be provided with sedation dentistry for further relaxation. Once you’re comfortable and safe, we’ll make a tiny incision in the gum line to access your jawbone so that we can embed the titanium posts in their preplanned positions. We’ll then suture the gums closed around them and send you home to recover.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

a 3D illustration of a dental implant and abutment

You should be able to heal from your procedure within several days, but your jaw will still need to undergo osseointegration for the next few months. This is the process in which the implants will bond with your bone tissue to become one unit, allowing your restorations to have an incredibly stable foundation. This can take around three to six months. Afterward, you’ll come back to our office to receive your abutments—small metal connectors that link the restorations to your dental implants. You be sent home again to allow your gums to heal from this portion of the treatment.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

a patient smiling with her new dental implants

Once you’ve recovered and your final restorations are ready, you’ll return to us to get your brand-new dental crown, bridge, or dentures. Our team will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your bite is correct and your overall results are satisfactory. After we’ve answered any questions you might have, you’ll be free to go and enjoy your fully rebuilt smile!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Older couple with grandchild enjoying the benefits of dental implants
  • Stronger and more stable than traditional bridges and dentures
  • Proven to last for 30+ years (other options last about 5-10)
  • Extremely natural-looking
  • Don’t rely on other teeth for support
  • Fully restore your ability to eat and speak
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Easy to care for—just brush and floss like regular teeth
  • Support the jawbone from within, preventing bone loss
  • Help restore volume to the lips and face
  • Reduces the risk of future tooth loss

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Any adult who has suffered tooth loss is a potential candidate for dental implants. The most important factor is that the jawbone is strong enough to hold the new teeth, and if this isn’t the case for someone already, we can help a patient get ready for the treatment. We can also tailor the procedure to replace as many teeth as the patient needs:

Missing One Tooth

Animated smile during dental implant supported dental crown placement

Instead of filing down multiple teeth to make room for a bridge, we can place a single implant topped with a custom crown to close a gap. The crown itself will be shaped and shaded to match the rest of the smile so that it looks like it has always been there.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported fixed bridge placement

A typical bridge is held in place by being anchored to nearby teeth, but with an implant bridge, the prosthetic is attached to two implants on either side of the gap. This makes the new teeth much more stable and last longer.

Missing All Your Teeth

Animated smile during dental implant supported denture placement

With just four to eight implants, we can create a firm foundation for a full denture that is guaranteed to stay in place. Implant dentures help a patient recover much more of their bite strength compared to a removable one, plus they protect the jaw from bone loss that can affect the fit.

All-on-4 Implant Dentures

Animated all on four implant denture placement

All-on-4 implant dentures enable our team to replace an entire row of teeth in a single appointment (after a few initial screenings). Four specialized implants are placed in the thickest areas of the jawbone, and then a denture is attached to them immediately. This procedure allows many patients to get implants without having to first undergo a bone graft, plus it is much faster compared to other implant treatments.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Periodontal team member explaining the cost of dental implants

Dental implants may have a higher upfront cost than other tooth replacement options, but they offer countless benefits that make them well worth the investment. We won’t be able to determine the exact cost of your treatment until you see us for a consultation, as dental implants are highly customized, so prices vary quite a bit. During your visit, we will discuss the financial aspects in detail. Until then, here are some things to take into consideration.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Dentist performing surgery

Preliminary treatments, like gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and bone grafting, are sometimes needed to ensure the success of your treatment, and they incur their own costs. Fortunately, these treatments are often partially covered by dental insurance. We conveniently provide the entire procedure in-house, so you don’t need to worry about working with a local specialist and paying separately for the surgery.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dentist pointing to a dental implant model

Here are some of the most prominent factors that we consider when determining the cost of your treatment:

  • Number of Implants: Depending on the number of teeth you are missing and where they are located in your mouth, you will need more or fewer of them. The more implants that you need, the higher the cost.
  • Type of Restoration: Crowns, bridges, and dentures all have different costs. In most cases, the smaller the restoration you get, the lower the cost is.
  • Materials Used: Implants are usually made from titanium, but they are occasionally made from zirconia. These materials are at different price points.
  • Brand of Implants: Dental implants come from a variety of manufacturers. This will influence their costs.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Piggy bank full of cash

It can be tempting to try to save money by opting for another tooth replacement option – like dentures. However, dental implants provide benefits that you can’t find elsewhere. They can even help you save money in the long run. You don’t have to worry about repairs or replacements every 5 to 7 years like dentures either, as dental implants are made to last for decades. Dental implants also help to prevent future oral health issues from arising, ultimately helping you avoid the need for costly treatments that add up over time.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

Dental insurance form

Dental insurance doesn’t usually cover the cost of dental implants, but there are some exceptions. Parts of the final or preliminary treatments are often covered. Our team would be happy to work with you to understand what is and isn’t covered before your treatment begins. This way, we can fully maximize your coverage.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

Man using a calculator

If you don’t have dental insurance, third-party financing could be the ideal solution for you. In this case, a third party will cover the cost of your care, then you will pay it back over several months through a payment plan that has been carefully chosen according to your budget needs. To learn more about your financial options, don’t hesitate to give us a call.