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Dental Implant

Patients and doctors alike agree that dental implants are the best choice for replacing missing or damaged teeth because of their stability, permanence, and natural look and functionality.

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Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Lee at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery are skilled oral surgeons that offer dental implant-based tooth restorations at their practice in Danbury, CT, and New Milford, CT. Patients who are experiencing tooth loss may be able to improve their smile with a dental implant restoration procedure.

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Dental implants offer a permanent, durable, and natural-looking tooth replacement option for patients who are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants are extremely versatile, and almost all patients can become successful candidates for this popular tooth replacement option. At Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, our skilled oral surgeons will design a treatment plan that works to meet your goals and improve your oral health.

The dental implant post, abutment, and crown make up the prosthesis known as a dental implant. The dental implant post is made of a medical-grade titanium that allows it to securely fuse with the jaw bone. Once the implant has completely fused with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, the connecting abutment and crown (or restoration) are placed.

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?

Patients enjoy dental implants for many reasons:

  • Dental implants are a secure tooth replacement option. Once the implant posts have fully integrated into the jaw bone, the results are permanent and can last a lifetime.
  • Create a natural-looking result with dental implants. The crown has been specially fabricated to balance facial aesthetics and blend in with the surrounding teeth.
  • Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
  • The dental implant post stimulates the bone in the jaw, which works to preserve bone health.
  • Because dental implants are so versatile, many patients with varying degrees of tooth loss can become successful dental implant candidates. Whether you require a single tooth replacement, a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth, or a full arch of teeth need to be restored, there is a dental implant solution to restore your oral health and smile.
  • Dental implants preserve the health of the surrounding teeth. Rather than relying on the strength of adjacent teeth to place a traditional bridge, this stand-alone restoration keeps the rest of your teeth and mouth healthier and can last a lifetime if properly maintained.

To learn more about dental implants or other tooth replacement options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Kurtz or Dr. Lee at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

Zygomatic Implants

Zygomatic implants are an effective alternative for patients who do not have enough bone in the upper jaw for traditional implant bridges. Patients who were once told that they were not candidates for implants or bridges, or that significant grafting was needed before implant placement, can now benefit from dental implant restorations.

Zygomatic implants are designed specifically for patients who have significant bone loss in the upper jaw but would still like a permanent upper bridge. These implants are significantly longer than traditional implants and placed at an angle into the dense zygoma bone, also known as the cheekbone. This allows patients to avoid bone grafting and shorten the amount of time it takes to restore their teeth.

During the procedure, one or two zygomatic implants are placed on each side of the dental arch, along with traditional implants, which creates a secure foundation for the upper arch bridge to be placed. In most cases, the restoration can be placed the same day as the zygomatic implant surgery.

Want to learn more about dental implant placement or zygomatic implants? Check out our Dental Implants FAQ page to learn about this process and more.

Dental Implants in Danbury, CT, and New Milford, CT

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery specializes in dental implant-based treatments, including zygomatic implants. If you are interested in learning which tooth replacement option is right for you, please contact our practice in Danbury, CT, or New Milford, CT, to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurtz or Dr. Lee.

Dental Implant Cost

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery strives to improve patient outcomes while keeping down the cost of care. Drs. Kurtz and Lee are skilled oral surgeons who create individualized treatment plans for every patient in an effort to ensure they achieve the best possible outcome.

The cost of dental implant placement will vary from patient to patient and will depend on factors such as overall health, if additional procedures such as bone grafting are needed, insurance coverage, and how many teeth need to be replaced. You can visit our Financial & Insurance Policy page or call our office to make a consultation appointment for more information.

We do our best to thoroughly review your options and provide the most accurate estimate of your oral surgery costs during your consultation appointment. Our insurance and billing liaisons will contact your insurance company for you to ensure we can maximize any available insurance benefits you may have. You can schedule your first visit with us by contacting our office in Danbury, CT, or New Milford, CT.

The Value of Dental Implants

Dental implants are an effective and popular tooth replacement method. Patients and dental health professionals alike appreciate dental implants for their permanence, functionality, and natural-looking results. These stand-alone restorations help patients maintain the health of their surrounding teeth because they are easy to floss and keep clean, and they do not rely on the strength of natural teeth for support.

At first glance, it may appear that a traditional bridge is the more economical route. But when comparing cost and long-term value, dental implants are usually more cost effective and a better treatment option for patients who are candidates. When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime, whereas a traditional bridge often requires replacement after 10 years.

Dental implants offer several benefits that patients find desirable, such as

  • They are secure.
  • They are versatile.
  • They can be used to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, a full-arch restoration, or secure dentures.
  • They look and feel more natural than any other type of restoration.
  • They preserve bone health.
  • They preserve the integrity of the surrounding teeth.
  • You can eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.
  • They are easier to floss and keep clean for better oral hygiene.

If you are thinking of dental implants, Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Lee will perform an oral examination, review your health history, and complete any diagnostic scans to design a treatment plan that is right for you. We have offices in New Milford, CT, and Danbury, CT, for your convenience.

We hope you will consider Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery to achieve your goals for improved oral health. Call our office to schedule a consultation appointment today.

Dental Implant FAQ

WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Due to its unique design, dental implants can permanently restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. First, the dental implant post is surgically placed into the jaw, and it will fuse with the bone over time. The connecting abutment and crown are placed over the healed implant posts for results that are natural-looking and secure.

CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Because children are constantly growing, most oral surgeons recommend that a patient has finished growing before receiving a dental implant. This is around the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boys. You can discuss the tooth replacement options that may be available for your child by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kurtz or Dr. Lee at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

HOW LONG DOES THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCESS TAKE?

Most dental implant treatment plans will range from a few months to a year, but every patient is truly different. Lifestyle choices, the existing oral health condition, type of treatment needed, and more will all play a role in how long the entire process takes. A cosmetic temporary crown or tooth can be made during the healing process and, in many situations, a temporary can even be placed on the implant immediately. We have several options to make sure that you are comfortable during the healing process and to ensure that you are able to smile and eat.

When you come to Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, you will meet with one of our experienced oral surgeons, who will review the options and design a treatment plan just for you.

CAN A GENERAL DENTIST PLACE MY DENTAL IMPLANT?

Most dental implant treatments are a coordinated team effort between the oral surgeon and a general or restorative dentist. The implant post is placed into the jaw bone by the oral surgeon, while the crown will be placed by the restorative dentist.

WHAT IF THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BONE IN MY JAW FOR A SECURE IMPLANT PLACEMENT?

Patients who have tooth loss or other oral health issues over a long period of time may experience bone loss. Thankfully, a bone grafting procedure can restore or add bone so many more patients can receive dental implants. With our modern bone grafting techniques and equipment, very few patients are not candidates for implants. Learn more about bone loss and bone grafting procedures by visiting our Bone Grafting page. We would be happy to discuss with you what options may be available in your particular situation.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEW DENTAL IMPLANTS?

For the next several weeks following your surgical procedure, the dental implants will integrate with the jaw bone. To ensure optimal healing, we will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care and are available to answer any questions that you have about your recovery. Once this healing period is complete, caring for your dental implants requires the same care as natural teeth—brush, floss, and visit your dentist.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT?

Most patients will resume their normal routine shortly after surgery. Most patients rest for 24 hours following their appointment. As with any oral surgery procedure, some minor post-operative discomfort is to be expected. Your oral surgeon will discuss your options for pain management, which usually only require over-the-counter medications. You can promote your healing process and reduce the risk of complications by following the pre- and post-operative instructions your oral surgeon provided.

WHAT ARE TEMPORARY OPTIONS FOR TOOTH REPLACEMENT WHILE MY DENTAL IMPLANTS HEAL?

Following your dental implant placement procedure, there are temporary tooth restorations that can be worn as your dental implants heal, including a bridge, modified denture, or transitional crown. Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Lee will discuss these options during your consultation during the development of your treatment plan. We always want you to look and feel your best, and these temporary solutions allow our patients to smile with confidence during the healing process.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery cares about improving oral health outcomes and ensuring a positive experience before, during, and after treatment. We are always here for our patients. Please call our practice for more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurtz or Dr. Lee.