When you lose a tooth, it affects your quality of life in more ways than one. Tooth loss may compromise your ability to bite, chew, and enjoy your favorite foods, and it can make it more difficult to smile with confidence. At Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, we provide state-of-the-art solutions for tooth replacement, including advanced dental implant options. We are proud to accept patients from Nashua, NH, offering a second chance at a beautiful, confident smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are generally considered to be the top option for replacing missing teeth.
The implant itself is a titanium rod, which is inserted into the jaw to serve as an artificial tooth root. The implant is left to heal in place for an average of four to five months, allowing plenty of time for it to fuse with the bone itself. From there, a connective piece called an abutment is added, and finally, a porcelain tooth that is made to look and behave just like your natural ones.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are a number of factors that make dental implants advantageous, including:
- Unlike other tooth replacement methods, including dentures and bridges, implants do not require any of your healthy teeth to be extracted, shaved, or otherwise compromised.
- Dental implants also actively preserve the health of your jawbone, offering ongoing stimulation through an artificial root. This is not true of any other tooth replacement method.
- Implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth. In fact, our doctors can replace entire dental arches using as few as four strategically placed implants.
- Once they have time to heal in place, dental implants look, feel, and are almost as strong as your natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy a confident smile and a normal diet.
- Dental implants are the longest-lasting form of tooth replacement, and thus, the most cost-effective. With proper care, implants can last more than a decade with no need for replacement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you live in Nashua, NH and are missing a tooth, or anticipate the need to have teeth extracted, then you likely qualify for dental implants at Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery. The best candidates are those who are in good health overall, without any untreated gum disease or underlying health concerns that would place them at a high risk for surgical complications.
Additionally, an adequate jawbone is needed in order to provide the implants with a stable anchor point. Inadequate jawbone can be addressed via bone grafting, or with state-of-the-art dental implant options such as zygomatic and pterygoid implants.
The Process for Getting Dental Implants
The dental implant journey usually unfolds along this basic trajectory:
The first step in the process is meeting with either Dr. Garibyan or Dr. Kuang. They will evaluate your teeth and gums, verify your eligibility for surgery, and answer any questions you might have about dental implant treatment.
Preparing for Surgery
Sometimes, it is important to have a preparatory procedure, ensuring your mouth is ready to receive dental implants. This might involve the extraction of unhealthy teeth, or the regeneration of bone tissue via a bone graft.
Day of Surgery
On the day of your surgery, you will be warmly welcomed by our patient care team and provided with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation to ensure your comfort. Your doctor will carefully place the implants, and then send you home to rest and recover.
It usually takes an average of four to five months for implants to heal in place, with a follow-up appointment about a week after initial implant placement. Some swelling and tenderness can be expected during the first week, but over-the-counter remedies are usually more than enough to promote comfort.
After about four to five months, you will see your regular dentist for the placement of the abutment and the custom replacement tooth. This will be the completion of your dental restoration.
Choose Dental Implants from Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery
Dental implants provide a long-lasting and natural-looking option for smile restoration. At Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery, we proudly offer implants for our patients throughout the area, including in Nashua, NH. Use our online form or call (978) 708-0080 today.