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Dental Implants

Help Replace Missing Teeth Permanently

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, whether you are missing just one or an entire mouthful, the next best thing to nature are dental implants. With them, we can literally rebuild your smile from the roots up, providing the most lifelike and durable restoration available today. If you’re ready to stop hiding your smile or missing out on your favorite foods, contact us today to learn what dental implants could do for you.

Implant Placement

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A dental implant is actually a small prosthetic tooth root that is placed directly into the jaw to support any number of replacement teeth. Dental implants are the only treatment that restores the teeth below the gum line as well as above, and this helps them provide an extremely secure base for the new teeth as well as support the jaw to prevent bone loss.

In order to get dental implants, you will first need to undergo a minor surgical procedure. We can perform this in-house to make your implant journey nice and convenient. Thanks to modern techniques and sedation, most patients report feeling very little discomfort both during and after the treatment. Once it is completed, you’ll be given a few months to heal, during which time the implant(s) will naturally bond with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration, making them even more stable. After that, you’ll return to our office to receive your new replacement teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Conventional methods of tooth replacement simply sit on top of the gums, failing to recreate the root structure of lost teeth. Dental implants take this one step further by rebuilding your entire smile from the root up. Their surgical placement in the jaw allows them to accomplish many things that traditional dentures or bridges simply cannot. Here are just a few of the many benefits of dental implants:

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Lifestyle Benefits

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With dental implants, you can regain the majority of your original biting force. This will restore your ability to eat pretty much anything you want, including tough meats and crunchy fruits and vegetables. You’ll also be able to drink all of your favorite hot beverages, like coffee and tea, without worrying about harming your pearly whites (traditional dentures change shape when exposed to heat).

Additionally, your dental implant restoration will look and feel much more lifelike than any alternative option. Your crown, bridge, or denture will be custom-made to resemble your natural teeth, ensuring your ability to smile confidently at all times. Your teeth will also never feel loose or shift out of place when talking or eating, preventing awkward and embarrassing moments.

Health Benefits

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Dental implants stimulate the jawbone just like the roots of natural teeth do. Thus, they prevent the deterioration of the jawbone that normally happens after teeth are lost. Your jaw will remain strong enough to support your facial structures, helping you maintain a bright and youthful appearance and prevent future oral health issues that are related to tooth loss (gum disease, decay in remaining teeth, etc.).

While traditional dentures can irritate the gums and traditional bridges require healthy teeth to be worn down, dental implants are self-supporting and should never cause discomfort. They are also much easier to care for than conventional options. Easier maintenance naturally promotes better oral health, which is directly linked to better overall health.

Long-Term Benefits

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Thanks to the remarkable process of osseointegration, dental implants forge a bond with your existing oral structures that can last for several decades, if not a lifetime. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of more than 95%, even after 10 years. As long as you take good care of them with proper oral hygiene, your dental implants should never have to be replaced.

By contrast, traditional dentures and bridges typically have to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years on average, which can rack up significant dental bills over the years. You’d also have to factor in the money (and time) spent on specialized cleaning solutions and adhesives for traditional options. Dental implants can usually be maintained just like your natural teeth, meaning you won’t have to invest in separate products.

Implant-Retained Crowns & Bridges

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If you are missing a single tooth, we can replace it with what is called an implant-retained crown, and this will consist of three basic components: the implant itself, an all-porcelain dental crown, and a metal connector called an abutment. The crown will be attached to the implant using the abutment, and once this is done, it should be virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth. The crown will be specially shaped and shaded to perfectly blend in with your smile, and you’ll be able to rely on it just like the rest of your teeth.

In the case of a few missing teeth in a row, these implant crowns can also help us build a bridge to close the gap. One or two implant crowns will be placed near the missing ones, and it/they will be bonded to prosthetic teeth to complete the smile. Compared to a traditional bridge, an implant-retained bridge is both stronger and more natural-looking.

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Implant-Retained Dentures

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One of the most common complaints that denture wearers have is that they can’t trust their teeth to stay in place. They slip and slide around, and people are always afraid that they are going to fall out of their mouth. If this sounds like you, then dental implants can provide the long-term solution you need.

After placing a few dental implants into your jaw, we can give you a prosthetic that simply snaps onto them. This hold, when compared to a denture that simply sits on top of your gums, will be much firmer, and it will also last much longer. The implants will support your jaw from within, which will help prevent the bone recession that causes most traditional dentures to lose their fit after just a few years. Plus, implant-retained dentures also allow a patient to have a much stronger bite force, enabling them to enjoy a much more varied and healthy diet.

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Cost of Dental Implants

Dental implants are often more expensive than their traditional counterparts; however, while the upfront cost may have you second-guessing your decision, you might actually end up saving more money in the long run. The reason is that no two patients are alike and various factors must be considered when formulating an estimate for treatment. If you think dental implants are not a possibility solely because of the number you see in the beginning, you might soon realize the benefits and longevity they provide far outweigh the initial cost.

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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Dental implants can provide you with health, function, and aesthetic benefits that you can’t get with any other solution. However, many patients have questions about dental implants because it is a newer technology compared to traditional dentures. Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Medford.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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Unlike any other tooth replacement solution, dental implants can last for a lifetime with proper care. By brushing, flossing, visiting our office for routine appointments, and avoiding poor lifestyle habits like smoking, patients can enjoy their dental implants for the rest of their life.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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The cost of your dental implants can vary based on numerous factors. The only way to receive a precise estimate is to visit our office for a consultation with our dentist in Medford, where they will examine the number of teeth you’re missing, the condition of your oral health, and the strength of your jawbone. After, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan that includes cost.

Does it Hurt to Receive Dental Implants?

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Many people learn about the dental implant procedure and automatically think that it hurts. However, patients who have received implants related the discomfort to a simple tooth extraction. In fact, we will ensure that our patients are numb and comfortable before beginning. Additionally, the jawbone doesn’t have pain-sensing nerves, which makes the surgery less painful than you may imagine.

How Many Dental Implants Will I Need?

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The number of implants that you need will directly depend on how many teeth you’re missing. Sometimes, bigger teeth may even need two implants to support a restoration, which is why a consultation is always necessary to understand the patient’s needs. Patients who are missing all or most of their teeth may benefit from implant-retained dentures. In this case, you may only need an average of 4 dental implants to replace a full arch of teeth.

What Should I Do After I Receive Dental Implants?

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It’s completely normal to experience soreness and even bruising after surgery. Follow our after surgery instructions carefully and take the pain medication that we prescribe. During the first week, do the best you can to chew on the other side of your mouth and avoid touching the implant site. Once tenderness has worn off, you can begin to gently brush around the site with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your pain should subside day after day, but if it ever gets worse, call our office immediately.