Dental Implants in Stamford, CT
Drs. Clabaugh & Trentalancia provide dental implants in Stamford, CT. Call 203-327-2540 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
We specialize in the restorative aspect of dental implants, a minor oral surgery procedure that has a success rate of 95% when performed by a specialist. Dental implants are not only the most aesthetic and realistic-looking option for replacing missing teeth, but they also serve several important oral health functions.
Dental implants replace tooth roots, which play an integral role in supporting the gums and jawbone. When a tooth is lost, bone loss begins. Over time, the facial features will begin to look sunken and aged, while the neighboring teeth lose their support structure. This is why dentures need to be refitted over time, and why many denture wearers seem to prematurely age. If several but not all teeth are missing, the remaining teeth are at a higher risk for shifting or loss.
Dental implants halt and even reverse this process. They osseointegrate into the jawbone, creating a strong, stable support for the replacement teeth and maintaining the integrity of the structures that support the remaining natural teeth.
Single Tooth Dental Implants
For a single tooth dental implant, one small, biocompatible dental implant is inserted into the jawbone and covered with a healing cap. Depending on where the missing tooth is in the mouth and your preferences, you might be given a removable replacement tooth to wear while it heals. A few months later, you will return to have an abutment post placed, anchoring a permanent crown to the implant.
Implant Supported Bridge
If multiple adjacent teeth are missing, we can place an implant supported bridge. The process is similar to a single tooth dental implant, except that two implants are placed—one at each end of the span of missing teeth. After healing, a dental bridge in Stamford, CT consists of porcelain replacement teeth and is anchored to the dental implants.
Implant Supported Dentures
Implant supported dentures may be either removable or fixed. Anchored by two implants, a removable implant supported denture snaps into place on the implants. This stabilizes it, preventing the rocking and slipping that are common with traditional dentures. You can still remove the denture at night or for cleaning.
A fixed implant supported denture uses several implants as anchors. After healing, the denture is permanently attached to the implants. It is not removable, and can be cared for like normal teeth.
Full Arch with Only 4 Implants
This is a unique solution for those who are missing all of their teeth on the top or bottom arch. Just 4 carefully placed implants are used to secure an entire arch of fixed, non-removable teeth. The implants are immediate-load, which means that you will receive the implants and the arch of teeth all in the same visit. Although the initial teeth are acrylic, you can return later if desired to upgrade to porcelain teeth.
This is the most natural solution in both appearance and function. You will be able to eat all of your favorite foods, including apples, corn on the cob, and even steak. With this implant solution, no one ever needs to know that you had your teeth replaced.
Call 203-327-2540 to schedule your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How much does a dental implant cost for one tooth?
A single tooth dental implant ranges from $3000 to as much as $6000, depending on the materials used for the crown attached to the implant. If supplemental procedures like bone grafting are needed, the total cost involved in getting dental implants will be more.
Can a bridge be replaced with an implant?
Yes, dental implants can be used as an alternative to dental bridges. If one or two teeth are missing, they can be replaced by single-tooth dental implants. When three or more teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge can be used to replace them. These bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but rather than compromising healthy teeth by placing crowns on them, implant-supported bridges are anchored in place by dental implants.
How long do implant-supported dentures last?
The lifespan of high quality implant-supported dentures is generally about 20 years with proper care and maintenance.
What is a full arch dental implant?
A full arch with only four implants replaces all upper or lower teeth with a total of four dental implants. These implants are used to support an arch of fixed (permanent) replacement teeth. This type of restoration is economical and provides more stability and better function than traditional dentures.
How painful is a dental implant?
Many patients worry that getting dental implants will be painful. Before we begin your surgery, we inject the area with local anesthetic to ensure that it’s completely numb and that you don’t have any discomfort while we work. After the procedure, when the anesthesia begins to wear off, you’re likely to feel some soreness at the surgical site. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses.
Why are tooth implants so expensive?
There’s simply a lot more involved in the process of getting dental implants than there is for other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges. Dental implants are a permanent, lifelong replacement for the roots of missing teeth. The expense includes the biocompatible titanium implants and a high quality restoration that looks natural and functions like a real tooth. Then there’s the cost of surgery, multiple office visits with one or more dental specialists, anesthesia and sedation, and any supplementary procedures that are needed.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
The full arch with only four implants restoration can be performed in a single day, reducing the number of appointments needed as well as the costs involved.
Can you get a temporary tooth while waiting for an implant?
If your missing tooth is near the front of the mouth and you’d like to have a temporary replacement while your permanent restoration is being fabricated, we can provide you with one.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes and no. Dental implants are the most natural replacement for missing teeth because they replace both the root and the crown, so they feel more like natural teeth than any other type of restoration—they are strong and feel stable in the mouth. That said, dental implants do not have nerve endings in the pulp like your real teeth do, so they don’t experience sensations the same way.