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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

Luckily, people get to have two sets of teeth in their lifetime: baby teeth and permanent teeth. But what can you do if you unexpectedly lose a permanent tooth? Luckily, contemporary dental implants can serve as a third set of teeth, because they closely mimic the function, feel, and appearance of natural teeth.

Dr. Gary Horblitt gives patients a second chance to smile, laugh, and live with confidence through dental implants and other aspects of prosthetic dentistry. Contact our Fairfield, Connecticut office to schedule a consultation.

What exactly is a dental implant?

A common misconception is that the dental implant is a brand-new prosthetic tooth. However, the term “dental implant” refers to the small fixture surgically inserted into the jawbone. On top of the dental implant, your prosthodontist attaches an abutment (connecting piece) and an artificial tooth. All three parts (implant, abutment, and artificial tooth) work together to restore your smile.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Often, dental professionals regard dental implants as the best way to restore your smile. First of all, the success rate for dental implants is off the charts (95%)! Unlike any other tooth-replacement option, dental implants actually prevent bone loss instead of speeding up the process. Also, dental implants help keep the neighboring teeth stable and free of gum disease.

Facial sagging and premature aging usually follow bone loss. Fortunately, dental implants prevent this from happening. Dental implant-supported restorations support the facial structure instead of letting it collapse, wrinkle, and thin out.

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

Like any other surgical procedure, there are risk factors following surgery. Proactively, Dr. Horblitt will discuss how to manage these symptoms for your specific situation before surgery.

How much do dental implants cost in Connecticut?

Dental implants are an investment. The average cost for a single tooth dental implant is between $1,500 and $6,000. But, the price is subject to change based on materials used, type of implant, and where the implant is being placed. Generally, dental implants in the front of the mouth cost more than those in the back of the mouth. Plus, patients must factor in the costs for any preliminary procedures (such as bone grafting) and other services.

If you are concerned about paying out-of-pocket, we file insurance claims on your behalf and work alongside special financing companies. Dr. Horblitt’s Connecticut team is eager to work with patients, so you can afford the care you deserve.

Who qualifies for dental implants?

Almost anyone missing one to all their teeth qualifies for dental implants. In the past, patients with inadequate bone density, specific health conditions, or habits did not qualify for dental implants. Thankfully, modern diagnostics and bone reconstruction surgery has made it possible for most patients to receive dental implants.

Ideally, the best way to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants is to schedule a consultation with your prosthodontist.

Contact Us for Dental Implants in Connecticut

There’s a good chance you qualify for dental implants. Still, there’s only one way to know for sure. Schedule a consultation for dental implants at our Fairfield, Connecticut location. Call (203) 335-1011 or message us online today.


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