East Longmeadow Dental Implant Tooth Replacement
Unlike traditional tooth replacement options that only restore the visible portions of lost teeth, dental implant supported tooth replacement restores the entire tooth roots and all. There are a number of benefits associated with dental implant supported tooth replacement including improved chewing ability, natural looking and feeling results, and preserved jawbone density and gum tissue volume. At Scannell & Hollinger, we often recommend dental implant supported tooth replacement in our East Longmeadow, MA practice. We welcome patients from Springfield and other nearby communities to contact our knowledgeable dental team. We’re happy to answer questions or schedule a dental implant consultation.
The first step in the dental implant process is the surgical placement of dental implant posts below the gum line. This procedure is safe and effective for most patients who are healthy enough to undergo routine medical procedures. Following placement, patients need to wait several months for the implant post to fuse with supportive alveolar bone mimicking the natural function of tooth roots. The fusion process is known as osseointegration and can take anywhere between one and six months depending on the number and location of the implant posts. Dr. Stephen Scannell and Keith Hollinger partner with trusted local specialists to complete this part of the implant process. Once osseointegration is completed, patients return to our practice where we replace any number of missing teeth connecting a single crown or a full arch of replacement teeth to the dental implant posts. Some patients experience mild discomfort when they first receive their implants, but most find their restoration completely comfortable within a week.
Implant retained partial and full dentures have a number of advantages compared with traditional removable prosthetics. They look similar to the removable options, but rather than clipping in place like traditional partials or relying on natural suction or denture adhesive, these prosthetics are supported by dental implants. We offer both fixed and removable options depending on patient comfort and preference. Benefits of implant supported partial and full dentures include:
- Mimic healthy root structure for a natural look and feel
- Improved chewing ability compared to traditional dentures with up to 70% of chewing function restored
- Retain jawbone density and support gum tissue volume to keep the naturally healthy shape of patients’ smiles
- Unlike traditional partials, healthy teeth are not impacted by the supporting clasps
- Gum tissue is protected from pain, bruising, and discomfort often caused by the pressure from traditional dentures
- Results are long lasting with regular oral hygiene and maintenance
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are the next best thing to your real teeth because they replace the entire tooth structure, not just the crown. You’ll need to undergo a multi-step treatment process that can take several months to complete, so you’re sure to have plenty of questions before you’re ready to commit to them. We take the time to explain the entire process during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear to ease your worries.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
Dental implants have the potential to last forever with the right foundation. You need to have adequate bone density and remain infection-free for them to thrive. As a result, you cannot get dental implants if you have gum disease, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a candidate for them. Periodontal therapy will treat the infection. You may also need additional treatments to repair the damage caused by it, like tooth extractions or bone grafting. Although it will add a couple more steps to your treatment plan, it’s necessary to ensure the long-term success of your new smile.
Do dental implants hurt?
You will need oral surgery to place titanium implant posts into your jawbone. Don’t worry, you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Sedation or anesthesia is used for a pain-free process. As with any surgical procedure, you can expect there to be some discomfort for a few days while you recover. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers to stay comfortable while you heal. Once you’ve healed, your dental implants shouldn’t cause any pain at all.
Can I get dental implants if I have bone loss?
Your implant posts act as tooth roots, stimulating your jaw to encourage new bone growth through a process called osseointegration. Unfortunately, you cannot get dental implants if your bone density is too low. We can enhance the thickness of your jawbone using a surgical procedure. Bone grafting can repair weakened areas to strengthen your bone, so your jaw can support the implant posts. In some cases, we may also recommend a sinus lift if you’ve lost too much bone in the upper jaw. This increases the amount of bone between the implant posts and maxillary sinuses.
Will my dental insurance pay for the procedure?
It is rare for an insurance company to pay for the entire cost of dental implants, but they may cover certain aspects of it. Depending on your specific policy, your coverage can be used to pay for specific portions of your plan after paying your annual deductible, like your CT scan or restorations. We will maximize your insurance policy until you reach your annual limits to lower the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We will take the time to explain your payment options to cover any remaining balance, like using third-party financing with CareCredit. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to keep your new smile affordable.