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