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We get many questions about dental care and our Amherst, NH dental practice. We have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to browse to find the answers you are looking for. Maybe we can even answer a question you didn't realize you had!
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Yes, dental implants are a safe tooth replacement option for most people. In fact, they are considered the gold standard as far as tooth replacement because they most closely mimic your natural teeth.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are made of titanium, which is well-received by the body. The implant, which takes the place of the tooth root you have lost, embeds into the jawbone after the surgical implant. This process, called osseointegration, takes about four to six months. After integration, we will attach a tooth that is made to match your natural teeth to the dental implant. The dental implant looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants over, say, dentures, is that the implant does not move around or shift the way dentures do. Dental implants are easy to take care of as well. You can simply brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth.
Replace Your Missing Tooth
If you would like to learn more about tooth replacement, contact our Amherst, NH dental practice. If you are not a good candidate for dental implants, we can talk to you about our other tooth replacement options. Getting one or more missing teeth replaced is an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth.
With today's technology, surgical dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. Dental implants help strengthen your jawbone after an extraction, restore your ability to bite, and give you an aesthetically beautiful restoration that's virtually indistinguishable from your real teeth.
Implants are made of a biocompatible titanium, which means they actually fuse with your bone as they heal. The implant integrates into your jaw to give Amherst, NH dentist Dr. Edwards a secure foundation to build your restoration upon. It also helps prevent bone reabsorption, which can be a problem after an extraction and can result in a sunken appearance to your mouth.
Procedures Using Dental Implants
Implants can support a variety of restorations, including crowns, implant-supported bridges, or even anchors for full removable dentures. Whether you need a single tooth restored or a complete smile makeover, implants are a very successful and useful tool for any cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Once your dental implant is healed and the crown or bridge is placed, it requires no special care. Just make sure to practice good daily brushing and flossing habits and schedule regular examinations and cleanings at our Amherst dental office. Many patients love the ease and beauty of these popular restorations.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
If you are missing a tooth and thinking about getting a dental implant, the first step in the process is the initial dental implant consultation. At that time, your Amherst, NH, dentist Dr. Kenneth Edwards can give you information about dental implants so you can make an educated decision.
At your dental implant consultation, Dr. Edwards will first ask you about your full medical history, as well as lifestyle choices and anything else that could impact the success of the procedure.
He will describe to you in detail the entire dental implant process. It is, after all, a surgical procedure, so it is important for you to understand the procedure fully. He will also talk to you about what you can expect before, during, and after the surgery, including the healing process you will undergo while waiting for the implant to integrate with your jawbone.
Once you are confident that a dental implant is right for you, he will assess the current oral health of your mouth. It’s important that your gums be healthy to help ensure the success of the implant. Dr. Edwards will also want to examine your jawbone to make sure it is of sufficient height and density to receive the implant.
There will be plenty of time for you to ask any questions you might have about the procedure, recovery afterward, and taking care of your dental implant.
Dental implants are the best option available to replace a lost tooth, but many patients hesitate to get them due to the cost. As dental implants become a more widespread and commonly accepted option for restorations, more and more insurance companies are offering some level of coverage for this procedure.
If you are interested in dental implants, our Amherst dental office will create a treatment plan, including an estimated cost. At this time we will check with your insurance company to see if your policy's benefits include coverage for dental implants.
If your insurance covers implants, we will calculate what percentage of the implant should be covered and let you know what your out-of-pocket portion is likely to be. Keep in mind that all amounts are simply an estimate, not a guarantee of payment. You are responsible for any unpaid amount your insurance company does not cover.
Dental Implants Without Insurance
If you do not have insurance, or your insurance plan doesn't cover implants, they still may be an option. We will work with you to make financial arrangements that fit your budget. We want to help make the dental care you need available to you.
If you are interested in dental implants, or if you have any questions about your insurance coverage, contact our office today.