Dental Implants Overview
If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration to replace a missing tooth or teeth, People's Dental is happy to offer dental implants to our patients in Springfield, MA. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. One or more posts can be attached to a denture, crown, or bridge for a natural-looking restoration that can be used like your real teeth. If you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to hear more about dental implants at People's Dental. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid food restrictions or removable dentures. Talk to our dental team about your needs and decide if implants are a good choice for you.
Best Candidates for Mouth Guards
Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth by connecting it to an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture. You may want an implant if you have a dental restoration, but are bothered by the look, comfort, or if there's extra care needed. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your regular teeth with regular brushing and flossing. In your dental implant consultation, our team will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to decide if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen the implant's foundation. Dental implant surgery is not a good choice if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are being treated for another condition including gingivitis.
What To Expect with Dental Implants
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, plus gum or bone grafts. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthesia. Sedation methods can be included to keep you comfortable during the process. A member of our team will create an incision in your gums and then insert the titanium post into your jawbone. The incision will be sutured closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if several posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the jawbone and gums over the next several months, a temporary crown or cover will be used to cover and protect the implants. Once we decide the dental implant is healed and integrated with your bone and gums, the custom restoration (denture, crown, or bridge) will be attached to the post and adjusted for a proper fit.
Dental Implants Recovery
You may notice some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. We will tell you what's to be expected and when to contact our office. We may also write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. As soon as your implants have healed and your customized restoration has been attached, you should maintain a good home oral care routine like flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should attend annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at People's Dental so our team can track the health of your implants and restorations.
Dental Implants Insurance Coverage
Depending on your dental insurance and exact coverage, a portion of the cost of your implant surgery and restoration may be covered. Our office will contact your insurance company to determine your policy and calculate your out-of-pocket costs. In your consultative appointment with a member of our dental team, we will help estimate your costs and talk to you about payment methods, including medical financing.
Implant dentistry can be a wonderful choice if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that's easy to clean and lasts for years. We can help you understand the entire procedure including surgery to implant the posts and your custom restoration options. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, make an appointment at People's Dental.