Dental Implants in Norfolk, MA
If you have lost one or more teeth, you might have begun researching tooth replacement options. Dental implants are gaining in popularity as patients discover the many health and cosmetic benefits of implant dentistry. Choosing an experienced dentist to complete your dental implant treatment is essential for the best results.
Xi Sun, DMD; David Iadarola, DMD; and Nicole Ford, DMD, all have the training and skills to ensure that your results will last a long time. Our Norfolk, MA implant dentists will help you find a solution that gives you a confident smile and the ability to eat all the foods you love the most.
We invite you to call our dental office to learn more. Meanwhile, you can peruse the questions we’ve listed below to find answers to some of your inquiries.
- Why should I replace a missing tooth?
- Who chooses dental implants?
- What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
- What is involved with the dental implant process?
- How long does it take for dental implants to heal?
- How much will dental implants cost?
- Can I eat what I want with dental implants?
- How do I care for my dental implants?
- What if my bone quality isn’t good enough for dental implants?
- What is osseointegration?
- What should I do if I want to learn more about tooth replacement?
Why should I replace a missing tooth?
Replacing a missing tooth is about more than just your appearance. When you lose a tooth and don’t replace the gap with a dental prosthetic, you are putting yourself at risk of losing even more teeth.
When a tooth is missing, the rest of the teeth in your mouth have a tendency to drift over to fill in the empty space. This changes your bite, and it impacts the way you can chew food. Eventually, you will cause undue wear and stress on your remaining teeth from chewing improperly. This can lead to more tooth loss.
Who chooses dental implants?
Dental implants offer patients the most natural tooth replacement option around. Nothing beats a dental implant—except your own natural tooth. Patients at our Norfolk, MA dental office who have had dental implants tell us they are thrilled with their results.
With dental implants, you can eat all of your favorite foods without restriction. Caring for dental implants is no different from caring for your natural teeth.
What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
Replacing missing teeth is important to your oral health. When tooth loss occurs, your remaining teeth will often tilt or drift into the gap and cause a negative impact on your bite. Drifting teeth will often have exposed roots, which feel sensitive and are more susceptible to decay.
Dental implants hold teeth in place and also prevent bone loss, which occurs when the bone is no longer needed to support the tooth.
Other dental implant benefits we share with our Norfolk, MA dental office patients:
- Appearance and feeling similar to natural teeth
- Easy home hygiene
- Don't move or shift
- Long-term solution
- No dietary restrictions
- Extra security for dentures or bridges
What is involved with the dental implant process?
If you are interested in dental implants, contact our Norfolk, MA dental office to schedule a consultation. We will begin with a full evaluation and precise planning so that you get the best results possible. The steps include:
- Evaluation—Rule out any conditions like gum disease or decay.
- 3-D cone beam images—Evaluate bone quality and ideal location for your dental implant.
- Virtual implant placement—Use computer-aided guidance to ensure ideal results.
Getting your custom dental implant crown or bridge is the exciting part, and final step of your treatment. Your dental crown or bridge will complete your chewing surface and your smile. Our patients are thrilled with their results.
How long does it take for dental implants to heal?
After the dental implants are surgically placed, it takes anywhere from three to four months for the implants to become fully integrated into the bone. Every patient is different, of course, but that is the average time. Smokers or others who suffer from some medical conditions might take a longer time to heal.
How much will dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants at our Norfolk, MA dental office will vary, depending on your needs as a patient. But it is important to keep in mind that although the up-front investment for dental implants may be higher than dentures or other tooth replacement options, in the long-run, dental implants can save you time and money.
Dentures will require adjustments as your jawbone begins to shrink because there are no tooth roots—or dental implants—to stimulate the bone. Dentures will also need repairs and even replacement through the years.
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and no extra maintenance.
Can I eat what I want with dental implants?
One of the most common complaints we hear from patients at our Norfolk, MA dental practice is that there are food restrictions with their dentures. With dental implants, patients can eat all of their favorite foods—without restriction. People who have gotten dental implants can chew confidently, knowing that their implants are stable and will not shift as do dentures.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Another advantage of dental implants is how easy it is to care for them. Whether you have one implant or a mouthful, you can simply brush and floss as you normally would. Unlike dentures, permanent implants are not removed for cleaning.
Your dental implants cannot develop tooth decay, but it’s still crucial to come to our Norfolk, MA dental office twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Even with dental implants, you can still get periodontal disease, so it’s important to maintain good gum health.
What if my bone quality isn’t good enough for dental implants?
If your bone quality isn’t good, this does not rule out the possibility of dental implants. If additional procedures are necessary, such as bone grafting to improve bone stability, we will discuss these with you. It is our intention to deliver the most reliable and long-lasting dental implants possible so that you can enjoy a healthy, comfortable smile.
Surgical placement of the dental implant into the jawbone is why dental implants are such an effective way to replace natural teeth. The dental implant replaces the root of the tooth and stimulates healthy bone growth.
Because the bone does not contain many nerves, the surgery is fairly mild. Some swelling and bruising are common but typically manageable with an anti-inflammatory medication.
What is osseointegration?
Dental implants are designed to fuse with your natural bone, which is why they are so stable and reliable. Made of titanium or other biocompatible metals, dental implants will actually become part of your bone structure over the course of three to four months.
If you smoke, your dental implant may take longer to integrate. We will discuss what you can expect and monitor your progress closely.
What should I do if I want to learn more about tooth replacement?
We welcome your call to Norfolk County Dental Care to find out more about your options for tooth replacement. In addition to single dental implants and implant bridges, we also offer implant-retained dentures in our Norfolk, MA dental office. Contact Norfolk County Dental Care today!