Dental Implants – Assonet, MA
A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss
Over the past few decades, dental implants have quickly become the most popular and trusted method of tooth replacement. Why? Unlike other treatments that only bring back the visible portion of the tooth – the crown – dental implants actually restore the root and crown. The end result is virtually indistinguishable from the pearly whites that nature gave you, and at Woodside Dental Care, we can now use them to completely rebuild your smile. No matter how many teeth you are missing, dental implants in Assonet, MA can turn back the clock and dramatically improve your oral health and appearance at the same time. Want to know if you’re a good candidate for this treatment? Just give us a call today to schedule a consultation!
Why Choose Woodside Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Placement & Restoration Performed In-Office
- Multiple Dental Financing Options to Choose From
- State-of-the-Art Dental Technology Ensures Successful Treatments
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth, which is normally hidden underneath the gums. Titanium is biocompatible, allowing it to merge with the surrounding bone and tissue over the course of the next few months. When this process, called osseointegration, is complete, we can place a lifelike dental crown, bridge, or denture on top of the implant using a metal abutment. By recreating every part of a missing tooth, dental implants let you enjoy a solution that looks and feels natural while also having the potential to last for a lifetime.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Dental implant treatment occurs over multiple appointments and procedures, all of which are essential to ensuring a long-term tooth replacement you can confidently rely on. This includes the initial consultation and planning phase, the placement surgery for the titanium posts, the osseointegration and healing phase, placement of the abutment, and the addition of a final permanent crown, bridge, or denture. The overall length of your treatment can vary depending on your needs, but the procedure is largely the same regardless of the number of teeth you need to replace. Here are the basic four steps you can expect in the dental implant process.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
In most cases, if you have good oral and general health, you can choose dental implants to replace your missing teeth; however, you still need a thorough consultation. Your implant dentist in Assonet, Dr. Cornetta, evaluates your oral and general health to look for any issues that can hinder the success of your new smile, such as infection, decreased bone density, or immune disorders. He’ll also discuss your lifestyle habits to ensure you’re committed to your oral hygiene and there aren’t any factors that can lead to implant failure, like smoking.
He’ll review a CT scan of your oral structures to look for any complications that may be brewing beneath the surface. Based on his findings, you may need additional treatments before having your placement surgery, such as tooth extractions, bone grafting, or a sinus lift.
Dental Implant Surgery
After the foundation is set for your new smile, you’re scheduled for your placement procedure. Sedation or anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort as your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. Small holes are drilled into pre-determined locations to insert the posts. Your gum tissue is sutured closed, and the healing process begins.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
The posts stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth. Over the next several months, your jawbone will fuse to the posts. This allows them to potentially remain in place forever with the right aftercare while also providing a stable foundation for your restorations.
Before your replacement teeth can be attached, abutments are placed on each post using a minor procedure. These special fixtures connect your restorations to your implant posts to create natural-looking results.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
While you’re healing from your abutment placement, the dental lab is hard at work creating your restorations from high-quality material. They are carefully crafted to mimic the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth to look natural. After they are finalized, you return to our dental office to have them attached. Now you can chew, speak, and smile confidently knowing your dental implants look and feel as realistic as possible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Stability – Because dental implants are anchored within thick jawbone, patients don’t have to worry about their new teeth slipping or coming out no matter what they are eating.
- Aesthetics – Dental implants are capped with porcelain restorations and have no metal clasps or attachments, helping them blend seamlessly into any smile.
- Bone Retention – Bone loss is inevitable after tooth loss, but implants actually stimulate the bone and prevent bone resorption, maintaining the overall shape of the face. No other treatment can do this!
- Longevity – With consistent oral hygiene and dental visits, an implant can easily be expected to last for more than 30 years.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Pretty much anyone with missing teeth can benefit from dental implants, as they can be used to support a variety of restorations. Which of the options below would be best for you? Our team can help you decide when you come to see us for a consultation.
Missing One Tooth
We can place a single dental implant into the jaw and top it with a custom-made crown. This new tooth won’t require the ones surrounding it to be altered in any way, helping preserve more of a patient’s natural smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If a patient is missing three or more teeth in a row, instead of replacing each one with individual implants, just two can be used to support a bridge. Two implants will be positioned on either side of the missing teeth, and these will hold a prosthetic in place that literally “bridges” the gap.
Missing All Teeth
A denture can be secured to the gums using just four to six implants, giving it a hold, stability, and bite that a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant procedure can vary quite a bit from person to person based on their individual situation. Factors such as: how many teeth a patient would like to be replaced, where they are located in the mouth, and what kind of restoration is used can all influence the final price.
While implant restorations do tend to cost more than other traditional options, they are actually the best investment long-term. Regular bridges and dentures typically only last for about 7-10 years, while implants can often last for 30 or more. This means, with implants, a patient won’t have to spend money on periodic maintenance and retreatments, saving them thousands of dollars and hours spent in the dental chair.
Types of Dental Implants
A primary factor that determines the cost of your dental implants is the type of restoration you need and how many implants are required to be placed in order to secure it. For example, a single implant-supported crown would cost significantly less than an implant restoration that requires anywhere from four to eight titanium posts. During your initial consultation, your implant dentist, Dr. Derek Cornetta, will examine your mouth and determine what type of dental implant restoration will best work for your unique needs.
What Are the Stages of Dental Implant Treatment?
One great benefit of dental implant treatment that many patients don’t realize until they begin is that you won’t have to pay for your entire smile up-front. The procedure takes place over the course of several months and multiple appointments, which means that you can pay for each visit individually. This allows you to financially plan and budget to afford your new smile as it’s being built. Some of the work that will incur separate fees include:
- Preparatory procedures, such as bone grafts, extractions, or gum disease treatment. Be sure to double-check with your medical insurance for potential coverage.
- The dental implant surgery.
- Sedation or anesthesia required for the surgery.
- The placement of the abutments, which are small, metal connector pieces that hold the final restorations securely in place.
- The design and permanent placement of your customized final restorations.
Are Dental Implants Worth the Investment?
Dental implants are definitely worth the investment. They offer a variety of unique benefits that makes them a more cost-effective and better long-term value than traditional restorations. When our patients are able to start using their new restorations, many of them wish they would’ve gotten them sooner! Not only are they easy to care for, but they can also last over 35 years and make it easier to complete everyday tasks such as eating and speaking. Those types of benefits are completely priceless, which is why a vast majority of patients who get dental implants agree that they were definitely worth the cost.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Typically, dental insurance does not cover the cost of implants because many companies still consider them as “cosmetic” procedures. However, this is starting to change, so it’s a good idea to contact your insurance provider directly to double-check. At Woodside Dental Care, we also offer additional financing through CareCredit, which allows you to create a payment plan suitable for your budget, with little-to-no interest.
If you have any questions about insurance or the cost of dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office. Our team of professionals will be more than happy to assist you to make the process of getting dental implants as smooth and hassle-free as possible.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
There are times a patient may need additional procedures before getting dental implants, like bone grafting or a sinus lift. If you don’t have enough bone density or space between your sinus cavities, you will need additional treatments to become a candidate for dental implants. Although this may add more time to your plan, it creates the groundwork your new smile needs to thrive for several decades.
A dental implant replicates the root of your tooth because it’s surgically placed into your jaw. If your jawbone doesn’t have enough density, it won’t be able to support the post. This is a common problem for patients who lost a tooth several years ago because the jaw is no longer stimulated by the root. This causes your bone to deteriorate over time. If you’ve lost density, you aren’t out of options. We can restore what was lost with bone grafting.
A small piece of bone is taken from another area of your body or from a donor and grafted onto the treatment area. Your gum tissue is stitched closed to begin healing. Over the next several weeks, the graft integrates with your bone to enhance the thickness of your jaw.
Besides bone grafting, a sinus lift may be needed. If you’ve lost bone in the upper arch, there may not be enough space by the maxillary sinuses, which are located on either side of your nose. If an implant is placed without thickening the bone, the post will protrude into the sinus.
A sinus lift is a surgical procedure that raises your sinuses upward by cutting a small oval into the jawbone. A graft material is placed into the hole, and your gum tissue is sutured closed. After you heal, there will be more space between the sinus membrane and for the future implant post.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Life without a full set of teeth definitely isn’t fun. Thankfully, with a set of dental implants, you can get back to leading a normal existence and remove any previous barriers. However, if you’re like most people, you need more information about the procedure to feel comfortable. Dr. Derek Cornetta has taken the time to answer some of the more frequently asked questions so you can be better educated before moving forward. After you’re done reading, feel free to contact us at Woodside Dental Care to request an initial visit.
Does Dental Implant Surgery Hurt?
At Woodside Dental Care, we take pride in providing our patients with expert treatments in a comfortable and compassionate way. Thus, we’ll make sure that you’re completely numb before the insertion process starts.
After the procedure is over and the medication wears off, you’ll likely experience some discomfort, but an over-the-counter pain reliever usually suffices to address it.
What Should I Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?
Following dental implant placement, it’s necessary to maintain a soft-food diet for up to 10 days. This will allow time for the initial healing to take place and prevent any damage to the treatment site. Then, as you start to recover, you can gradually incorporate more solid foods back into your diet regimen.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Process Take?
The dental implant process, in its entirety, includes the placement of the implant, the abutment and the final restoration. Ultimately, this time period depends on each patient’s ability to heal, the complexity of the procedure and the adherence to Dr. Cornetta’s post-surgery instructions.
In general, though, it can take from six months to a year to completely recover. The good news, though, is that you’ll have a fixture that, with proper care, can last up to a lifetime.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implant Placement?
Typically, dental insurance plans don’t cover the actual placement of a dental implant. However, there may be coverage available for any restorative care needed prior to the procedure, as well as the addition of the final restoration. To know for sure, you’ll need to review your dental plan.
If you’re more cost sensitive, we have a possible solution, so you don’t have to miss out on the vital care you need. We’ve partnered with CareCredit, which is a third-party financier we’ve worked with for years. With this route, you can find a plan that suits your budget. Better yet, many of them have a low-to-no interest repayment structure.
How Much Does a Dental Implant Cost?
The last barrier you may have to replacing your missing teeth is the cost of the dental implant procedure. Because the process is highly customized and we never take a “cookie-cutter” approach, the best way to get an accurate estimate is to visit our dental office to be examined by Dr. Cornetta. Therefore, all guessing can be removed, and you can plan accordingly once you get the information you need.
If you have any other questions about any aspect of the dental implant process, then don’t hesitate to contact us today to request a visit!