Dental Implants – North Grafton, MA
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If you’re looking for a tooth replacement that is the next best thing to nature, then dental implants are exactly what you need. This treatment can help patients look, feel, and function just like they did before tooth loss, and at Theroux Dental Associates, we can use them to restore any number of teeth for a lifetime to come. With implants, your smile’s best days are ahead of you, and you can learn more about them by contacting us today to schedule a consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in North Grafton, MA.
Why Choose Theroux Dental Associates for Dental Implants?
- Entire Procedure Completed Under One Roof
- Enjoy a Menu of Relaxing, Spa-Like Amenities
- Latest Technology Used for Extremely Precise Care
What is a Dental Implant?
Your teeth have two main parts, the crown, which is the portion you can see when you smile, and the root that supports it from below the gum line. Right now, dental implants are the only treatment that replaces both the root and the crown. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone, and on top, a crown, bridge, or denture is attached. The end result is a prosthetic that perfectly resembles a real tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Why would a patient want to get dental implants instead of a traditional bridge or denture? Because implants…
- Never shift or slip because they are held within thick jawbone just like your real teeth.
- Preserve your jawbone and prevent it from shrinking, helping you maintain a younger appearance.
- Have been shown to last multiple times longer than other solutions. They have a 30+ year lifespan, while other prosthetics usually have to be replaced every 7-10 years.
- Can be maintained by brushing and flossing just like your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
Pretty much anyone with missing teeth can be a good candidate for dental implants if their mouth is relatively healthy and their jawbone is strong enough to support the new roots. If either of these requirements is lacking, we can help a patient get what they need so they’re able to safely receive implants. Once someone is ready, we can help them determine which type of implant procedure would best suit their needs.
Missing Single Tooth
An implant post can be positioned between two healthy teeth and topped with a porcelain crown without disturbing the nearby dental structure. This actually makes getting an implant less invasive compared to a regular bridge.
Missing Multiple Teeth
One to two implants can be used to anchor a bridge or partial denture to the jawbone, replacing several teeth at once while also giving these prosthetics a stability their removable counterparts simply can’t match.
Missing All Teeth
Total tooth loss can be reversed with just four to six implants, which will serve as the foundation for a full denture that is smaller, stronger, and more natural-looking than a regular prosthetic. We can even use implants to upgrade a patient’s existing denture to make it more comfortable and secure.
How Dental Implants Work
With most other dental offices in the area, you’ll be referred to a specialist to have your dental implant roots placed into your jawbone, and then you’ll return to the dentist to receive your new teeth. At Theroux Dental Associates, however, we’re able to handle every step of the implant process ourselves. From your surgery all the way until you walk out of our dental office with your brand new smile, you’ll work with our expert team, helping you save time and money while rebuilding your smile.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Because everyone’s tooth loss is different, the cost of getting dental implants can vary quite a bit from patient to patient. Factors such as how many implants are needed and what type of restoration they will support can affect the final price. It’s no secret that dental implants are more expensive upfront compared to other tooth replacement alternatives, but they actually help patients save tremendously in the long run thanks to their longevity. With implants, you won’t have to spend the money (or take the time) to have your new teeth redone every few years.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you are considering dental implants in North Grafton, you’ll want to spend a few minutes reviewing the following questions we’re often asked by our patients. At Theroux Dental Associates, we want you to have all the information you need to feel confident in your decision to pursue this type of tooth replacement, which is why we’ve compiled the following FAQs for you to review. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have additional questions or concerns about the dental implant process.
Do dental implants hurt?
When having your dental implants surgically placed, your dentist in North Grafton will make sure you are completely comfortable and relaxed by administering a local anesthetic and/or sedation. This will allow you to feel no pain during the procedure. Once your implants are firmly in place, you can expect to experience some soreness afterward, and your gums will likely be tender to the touch. It’s important that you follow our instructions and avoid strenuous activity or hard foods in the days following your procedure. This will ensure you have a swift and successful recovery.
If I have dentures, can I switch to dental implants?
It is possible; however, our team will first need to examine the state of your jawbone and gums to determine if you are a qualified candidate. Many denture-wearers experience bone deterioration over time. If this occurs, it will be necessary to undergo a bone graft to strengthen the bone and create a stable foundation to support the implants and restoration. This process does add several months to the overall process, as you will need ample time to recover from the bone graft.
What is the success rate for dental implant placement?
One of the great advantages of dental implants is that they have an extremely high success rate, which typically falls between 95-98%. Can dental implants fail? Yes, they can; however, as long as you take proper care to maintain your new restorations, you should plan to enjoy your smile for decades or longer.
Smoking, excessing drinking, poor oral hygiene, a compromised immune system, and injury can increase your risk for implant failure, so be sure to talk to your dentist about your lifestyle habits and medical history before moving forward with dental implants.
Will insurance cover my dental implants?
This is dependent upon your insurance company. While some are beginning to offer coverage, others still do not, making it harder for patients to justify the greater upfront cost. However, the team at Theroux Dental Associates is here to make sure you get the treatment you need without emptying your bank account. With available financing options, you can replace your missing teeth with dental implants and make manageable monthly payments that allow you to stay within your budget.
Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants
Just like your real teeth, dental implants are very strong and resilient but not indestructible. If you don’t take good care of them, they could end up breaking or need to be removed due to an infection. Dr. Theroux and Dr. Kovach can give you a number of suggestions for making sure that your implants stay in your mouth for as long as possible – ideally, the rest of your life. Follow the tips below to protect your implants, and call us immediately if you have questions or notice an issue.
Make Oral Hygiene a Priority
Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are always important for maintaining a healthy smile. Don’t think you can afford to be less strict about your routine just because your implants can’t get cavities. You still need to protect the gums from harmful bacteria; infected soft tissues can easily lead to bone and tooth loss, and your remaining natural teeth could still suffer from decay. As such, you need to give your implants the same attention you give the rest of your mouth. Don’t forget to brush carefully around the gumline.
Eat a Healthy Diet
An occasional cookie or potato chip won’t put your dental implants at risk, but if your diet is extremely high in sugar and starch, your dental implants could be at risk. Try to cut down on sugary or starchy foods as much as possible while opting for more gum-friendly fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy products. Pay close attention to how much calcium and vitamin C you’re getting, as these nutrients help create the perfect environment for dental implants to thrive.
Break Bad Habits
Implant failure is often brought about by one of the bad habits listed below:
- Regularly biting or chewing on fingernails.
- Chewing on pen tips or pencils.
- Crunching ice, popcorn kernels, and other extremely hard foods.
- Using the teeth to open packages and jars.
- Smoking or using tobacco products.
Not only do these habits destroy natural tooth enamel, but they can wear down and even break dental implants. Take whatever steps are necessary to break these habits right away.
Protect Your Dental Implants
While some accidents can’t be avoided, there are ways to minimize the risk to your implants. If you play sports of any kind, you can ask for a custom-made mouthguard to wear while on the field. This will help keep the implants as safe as possible. If we find signs that you grind your teeth at night, we’ll recommend that you wear your mouthguard when you go to bed. This will minimize the pressure on the implant while you sleep, protecting it from long-term damage.
Schedule Regular Dental Checkups
Every six months, we can check your implants to make sure they’re still firmly in place. We can also make sure there are no problems with the restoration(s) they support. Having potential problems identified early makes it more likely that you’ll be able to keep your implants without costly, time-consuming treatments.