What are dental implants?
To replace a missing tooth or teeth with a long-lasting solution, our board-certified team is proud to perform implant dentistry for our patients in West Bridgewater, MA. Implant dentistry uses surgically placed metal posts in your jawbone to act as the root of the tooth. The post(s) may be connected to a crown, denture, or bridge for a beautiful restoration that can be cleaned, like natural teeth. To fix a gap in your smile, make an appointment at West Bridgewater Dental and receive more information on implant dentistry. Dental implants are a long-term alternative to traditional dental bridges and removable dentures. Talk to our experienced team about your tooth replacement needs and goals and determine if implant dentistry is a good option for you.
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how to know when you need a tooth implant?
Implants can restore one or several lost teeth by connecting the implant to a crown, denture, or bridge. You may prefer implant solutions if you have a removable denture or fixed dental bridge but don't like the appearance, fit, or special cleaning required. Dental implants can be treated just like your normal teeth with daily flossing and brushing. At your consultation, our dentists will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if you're a good candidate for dental implants. In some cases, a bone or gum graft surgery may be needed prior to implant surgery to improve your candidacy. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are being treated for another issue, such as periodontal disease.
what should I expect from dental implants?
To prepare for your dental implants, you may have teeth extracted, as well as gum and bone grafts. When you're ready for dental implant surgery, the treatment areas will be numbed with local anesthesia to provide comfort. Other anesthesia or sedation may be used to relax you throughout the treatment. Our skilled team will start by making a surgical incision in your gums so the implant post can be placed in your jawbone. The incision in the gums will be sutured closed with some of the dental implant exposed above the gums. This will be repeated if several implants are required. While the dental implant integrates into the gums and jawbone over the following months, a temporary restoration will be placed over the implants. As soon as our team decides your implant is stable, your permanent restoration (crown, denture, or bridge) can be connected to your implant and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
what is recovery like following a dental implant?
There may be some short-term inflammation in your mouth and lower face along with discomfort, bruising, and minor bleeding after your implant procedure. Our caring team members will talk to you about what to expect and what should be reported to our office. We may also give you a prescription for pain relievers and antibiotics. After your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is attached, you should develop a good oral care routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing. It's important to schedule annual exams and bi-annual professional cleanings at West Bridgewater Dental so we can monitor the health of your mouth and implants. We'll let you know you if your restorations or implants should be adjusted, repaired, or replaced.
will insurance cover dental fixtures?
Based on your dental insurance plan, a portion of the cost of your implants and custom restoration may be covered. We'll contact your dental insurance company to understand your benefits coverage amounts and determine your personal cost. At your initial consultation with our multi-specialty team, we can estimate your expenses and discuss the payment methods we accept. We can also provide information on low-interest medical financing.
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Implant placement to improve your smile
Implants with custom restorations may be a good option if you're looking for a tooth replacement that's simple to care for and can last for many years. Our knowledgeable team will explain the steps required to complete your care, including surgery for implant placement and your restoration process. To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation at West Bridgewater Dental today.