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, implants actually restore the root and crown. The end result is virtually indistinguishable from nature, and at Woodside Dental Care, we can now use them to completely rebuild your smile. No matter how many teeth you are missing, implants 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 in our dental office serving Assonet, East Freetown, Berkley, Lakeville, and the surrounding communities.
Why Choose Woodside Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- The best way to restore a missing tooth/teeth
- 98% success rate – studies find implants last 30+ years
- Can effectively replace any number of teeth
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Stability: A dental implant uses a small titanium post placed directly into the jawbone to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth, and this can then be used to support a restoration/crown that shows above the gumline. Because implants are anchored within thick bone, 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.
Indications for Dental Implants
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 implant crowns 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 of Your Teeth
A denture can be secured to the gums using just four to six implants, giving it a hold, stability, and bite a traditional removable prosthetic simply can’t match.Learn More About Implant Retained Dentures
How Dental Implants Work
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.
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.
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.
Dental Implant FAQ’s – Assonet, MA
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.
Question #1 – Will I be in excruciating pain?
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.
Question #2 – What should I eat after my 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.
Question #3 – How long does the entire 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.
Question #4 – 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.
Question #5 – 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 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!