Dental Implants – Putnam, CT

Replacement Teeth That Look & Feel Like the Real Thing

Man and woman with full smiles after dental implants

Are you missing a tooth? If you are, it’s important to have it replaced because leaving a space in your smile gives room for other teeth along your gums to shift and alter your overall bite. This can lead to many complications, not to mention the impact a gap in your smile will have on your confidence. To help, our team can work with you to replace missing teeth with dental implants in our Putnam, CT dental office!

Why Choose Quiet Corner Dental for Dental Implants?

  • Partnered with Local Experts for Dental Implant Surgery
  • Low-Interest Dental Financing Available
  • Kind Dentists with Decades of Experience

What Are Dental Implants?

Animated smile with dental implant supported replacement tooth

A dental implant is a small, metal screw that is placed directly into the socket of the missing tooth. As time goes by, the jaw and the implant will fuse to form a stable foundation for your new dental crown. When enough time has passed, you’ll come to our dental office to complete your dental implant procedure by having a realistic-looking dental crown placed. In the end, your new tooth will be basically indistinguishable from your natural one!

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Dentist explaining the four step dental implant process

Although each implant case differs from others, you will find that every patient follows this process:

  1. Initial consultation
  2. Dental implant surgery
  3. Osseointegration and abutment placement
  4. Attaching the final restoration

These steps are essential for the success of your prosthetic teeth, and we can guide you through the process, answer any questions, and help you know what to expect next on your tooth-replacement journey.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

smiling woman sitting in a dentist’s chair

This first appointment is reserved as a consultation because it gives our dentists the opportunity to examine your mouth, talk about your treatment goals and expectations, and walk you through the process of getting dental implants. If we find anything that could interfere with your dental implants, such as gum disease, we can take care of the issue first, paving the way to successful replacements.

Dental Implant Surgery

oral surgery being performed

To have the implant posts placed in your jaw, we refer you to a trusted specialist in the Putnam area. That way, your treatment is of the highest possible quality. Prior to the surgery, you may need to schedule a consultation with the specialist to go over the details of the procedure, but we can also explain some of it beforehand to give you a clearer idea of what will happen. You should plan on taking at least two days off from work to rest after the procedure.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

diagram of an implant in the jawbone

You should feel “back to normal” within about a week of implant placement, but the real, important healing is just beginning. For the next three to six months, your implants merge with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration, which gives implants their stability and strength.

Then, small attachments called abutments are secured on top of the posts. These pieces connect the posts to the restorations above the gums.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

model showing attaching an implant bridge

Once the abutments are in, we’ll take impressions of your lower and upper arches, design your custom restorations, and send the order to our dental lab. Finally, we can complete your smile by placing your personalized dental crown, bridge, or denture onto your abutments. At that point, you’re free to enjoy your prosthetic teeth! Keep in mind that it could take a little bit of time to adjust to having your full smile back, but with patience and time, you’ll find that this entire process is well worthwhile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Man with healthy smile after tooth replacement with dental implants

With dental implants, you’ll be able to easily bite and chew even the toughest of foods without the fear of your teeth shifting around or falling out of your mouth. Your replacement teeth are created to look and feel as natural as your old ones. In fact, after enough time has passed, you might even forget which teeth are real and which teeth are implants! Additionally, implants have the potential to last a lifetime because of the strong bond they form with your jawbone.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Older couple with healthy smiles after dental implants

By replacing the roots of the teeth instead of just the crowns, dental implants are incredibly versatile, more so than other prosthetics. Most generally healthy adults who need to bring back lost teeth are eligible. With that being said, the only way to definitively know whether you’re a good dental implant candidate is to attend a consultation with one of our dentists. Once they’ve given you the green light to proceed with treatment, your process will look like one of the following:

Missing One Tooth

Animated smile with dental implant supported dental crown

For a single missing tooth, a dental implant is vertically positioned into the empty space and then topped with a lifelike crown. Unlike a dental bridge, this solution fills the gap without compromising the structure of your remaining teeth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated mile with dental implant supported fixed bridge

To recreate several lost teeth in a row, we can place a dental bridge on top of two implants – one placed at each end of the space. That way, you don’t necessarily need a dedicated implant for each tooth. Not to mention, implant bridges are sturdier than regular ones and don’t require the removal of healthy enamel.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated smile with dental implant supported denture

Even if you’ve lost a whole row of teeth, dental implants can bring all of them back. In most cases, all it takes is four to eight posts that are placed at specific points along the arch to support a full denture. With implant dentures, you’ll never have to worry about embarrassing slippage.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Woman exploring information about the cost of dental implants

Each step of the dental implant process incurs its own cost, which varies greatly from one patient to the next. For this reason, we simply cannot give an accurate estimate for the cost of dental implants unless and until we’ve gone over the specifics of your treatment. At that point, our team can help you understand your financing options. Keep in mind that, as the longest-lasting way to replace missing teeth, dental implants are often more cost-effective in the long run compared to conventional dentures and bridges.