Dental Implants Ipswich MA
Permanent Tooth Replacement
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.
The implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
At our office, we specialize as your restorative dentist and collaborate with periodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons, to create a treatment plan that ensures successful implant placement as well as a successful restorative outcome.
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Dental Implant Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jaw bone.
For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bonding with the jaw bone.
After the dental implant has bonded to the jaw bone, the second phase begins.
The surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. Dr. Robillard can then start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants.
The replacement teeth are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.
Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are a permanent solution designed to last a lifetime. The titanium implant in the jawbone fuses to the bone. The crown can last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime, depending on the material used and normal wear and tear.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Implants are placed while you are under a local or general anesthesia. You do not feel any pain during the procedure. Once the anesthesia wears off, there may be some mild discomfort that can be controlled with ice packs and an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol.
Are Implants Better Than Dentures?
Implants offer several advantages over dentures, including:
- Implants are easier to care for and maintain
- Implants do not slip or shift
- Implants last longer and do not require periodic fittings
- Implants look and feel more like regular teeth
- You do not have to remove implants to clean them
- Implants prevent deterioration of the jawbone
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants depends on how many teeth need replacing, their location, the condition of your jawbone, the type of crown used, and other factors. If you are interested in dental implants, please get in touch with us at 978-356-3922 to schedule a consultation. At that time, we will be happy to outline the costs of dental implants based on your needs.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
The surgery is done while you are under anesthesia, so you will not be in any pain or aware of the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off and for the first few days, you may have some minor pain, but over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs control the discomfort. Most people are surprised by how little pain they experience.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
We cut open the gum to expose the jawbone to place the implant. A hole is drilled into the bone where there used to be a tooth root. A titanium post or screw is placed in the spot so that the surrounding bone will grow around and fuse to it. If needed, a bone graft may also be performed for added stability. After the implant is in place, the gums are sutured closed around the implant.
Can Dental Implants Be Done In One Day?
In most circumstances, the process of getting implants takes several months. However, you may be able to get temporary crowns or a temporary implant denture on the same day to maintain your appearance while waiting for the permanent crowns or attachable dentures.
Can I Get A Single Tooth Implant?
Yes. Many people who lose an individual tooth opt for a dental implant. The implant can be placed without harming adjacent teeth and is easier to care for than a dental bridge.