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Dental Implants in Greenfield

Advances in dentistry have made replacing teeth easier than ever. Dental implant technology enables us to place a small, titanium fixture in the space left by a missing tooth. This post mimics the lost root structure of the tooth and can support a crown, bridge, partial, or denture. Healthy teeth adjacent to the space are uninvolved, which is not the case with other tooth replacement prosthetics. Because dental implants feature a crown and root structure like natural teeth, they offer patients a prosthetic that looks and feels totally natural. This versatile tooth replacement solution may not be right for every patient, but it does offer an option that restores lost tooth structure while helping to maintain gum tissue volume and jawbone density.

The process is completed in two phases. The initial phase of treatment is the surgical implantation of the dental implant post into the jawbone. We place a small slit in the soft tissue, and the high quality titanium implant is positioned in the optimal location to provide support for the replacement teeth. Following dental implant placement, you’ll need to wait several months to allow the implant post to fuse with jaw to mimic natural root structure. Once your dental implant is firmly in place, you’ll return to our office where we’ll attach your dental prosthetic.

Your specific treatment plan will depend upon the number and location of your missing teeth. A single dental implant can be used to support a dental crown replacing a tooth. Two crowns can often be fused together and supported by a single implant post. For three or more consecutive teeth, an implant post at each end of a fixed bridge prosthetic may provide adequate support. Four to six dental implants are used to support partial or full dentures to repair smiles following more advanced tooth loss.


A dental implant

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are one of the most popular and superior methods of tooth restoration treatment available. Not only do they replace the visible portion of your tooth, giving you a beautifully blended smile, but they replace the root structure of your tooth as well! If you want to learn more about the most effective way to replace your missing teeth, look at our list of frequently asked questions about dental implants.

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Implant-Retained Dentures

For patients who have lost all their teeth on the upper or lower arch, an implant-retained denture is a wonderful way to restore their smile. Combining both dentures and implants provides countless benefits, including a better fit and feel (with no need to worry about “slips”), more confidence, greatly enhanced chewing power, and far fewer adjustments. With this option, your denture is held in place by dental implants that “snap” into the base of your appliance to keep it from shifting.

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All-on-4

While implant-retained dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth, many patients might need to get bone grafts before their jaws can safely support them. However, with the All-on-4 procedure, four implants can be placed strategically so that they take advantage of the densest areas of the jaw, greatly reducing the need for additional surgeries. Also, in many cases you’ll be able to receive temporary dentures to wear until you’re ready to receive permanent ones, so you won’t have to wait for new teeth!

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Advanced Dental Implant Procedures

Sometimes, patients are in need of more advanced care before they can replace missing teeth with dental implants safely and successfully. For instance, if it’s been years since your smile became incomplete, the jawbone tissue may no longer be strong or plentiful enough to support the implant. Thankfully, our team is more than capable of guiding you through the necessary procedures comfortably. We will always explain your recommended care in full, transparent detail so that you can feel confident about proceeding.

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Failed Dental Implant

While it is rare, there are instances where a dental implant can fail and needs to undergo a salvaging process. It’s true that they have an average success rate of 95 percent and higher, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also fail as a result of improper placement or tobacco use following surgery. They can also fail if you suffer a bad fall that leaves your implant damaged. Regardless of the cause, we’ll do everything possible to save it!

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Dental Implant Placement – Greenfield, MA

What Can I Expect with Dental Implant Placement?

model of dental implant post

Dental implants in Greenfield are the most reliable option to treat missing teeth because they replicate the entire structure of a tooth, including the root. This will require you to undergo a multi-step treatment process that includes oral surgery. Although it will take several months to complete, it’s time well spent because you will enjoy a solution that can last for decades. The first step in your treatment plan will involve oral surgery to place an implant post into your jawbone. There’s no need to worry. Here’s what you can expect.

Preparing for Implant Placement

single tooth implant

Generally, if you have good oral and overall health, you’re a candidate for dental implants if you’re missing one or more teeth; however, you’ll still need a comprehensive consultation. Your dentist in Greenfield performs a visual examination and takes diagnostic images to assess your oral health. Based on the results of the consultation, you may need additional treatments before undergoing your placement surgery, such as tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting. After you’ve healed from any previous treatments, you’re scheduled for your placement procedure.

Implant Placement Surgery

dentist holding dental implant

If you have a single tooth that needs to be replaced, you may only need a local anesthetic, but if you’re having several teeth treated or your case is complex, you might require sedation or general anesthesia. Rest assured, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the placement of your posts. Once you’re numb, your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are strategically drilled into precise locations to insert each post into the bone. Your gum tissue is sutured closed and you’ll spend the next several weeks healing.

IMPLANT PLACEMENT RECOVERY

Over the next few weeks, the implant posts act as new roots, stimulating your jaw. This encourages new bone growth to allow your jaw to fuse to the posts through a process called osseointegration. During the early stages of the healing process, it’s normal for there to be some slight discomfort, but you can manage it with an over-the-counter pain reliever. You might also see some swelling or bruising. Applying ice to the outside of your face for 15-minute intervals will help reduce it.

It’s essential you maintain your oral hygiene to remove harmful bacteria that can lead to an infection. Clean any remaining teeth normally but be careful when brushing and flossing near the surgical sites. Do not rinse your mouth vigorously.

It’s best to stick to a soft diet for the first few days while you recover. You’ll want to avoid any foods that are hot, spicy, or crunchy. As your mouth heals, you can reintroduce harder foods until you’re able to resume your normal diet.

Rebuild Your Smile Today!

If you’re ready to replace missing teeth in Greenfield, we can help. We offer the personalized solutions you need to rebuild your smile. Contact our office today to see if dental implants are right for you. We’ll explain each step in your treatment process, so you can feel confident about your decision to treat your tooth loss.