Dental Implants – Worcester, MA
Replace One or All Of Your Teeth
When we talk about tooth replacement, most treatments only refer to the dental crown portion that makes up your smile. While replacing teeth in this way works to prevent drifting of neighboring teeth, which can be devastating to your smile and bite’s alignment, it doesn’t address the entire problem effectively. That’s where dental implants come into play. This treatment replaces the entire root structure and therefore provides full restoration of your missing tooth. If dental implants sound like the right treatment for you, give our dental office a call!
Why Choose University Dental Group for Dental Implants?
- Multiple Solutions for Minor or Severe Tooth Loss
- Start-to-Finish Convenience – Complete Your Entire Treatment Under One Roof
- Experienced, Caring and Accommodating Dental Professionals
Benefits of Dental Implants
Once your dental implant has fully integrated with your existing bone and gum tissue, you can expect restorative benefits that you cannot find from any other treatment in dentistry. Implant integration doesn’t only provide a long-lasting anchor for your replacement tooth, but it allows for blood flow and bone stimulation to occur as well! When teeth are lost, the jaw’s biting force drops significantly, mainly because the jawbone is deteriorating from lack of stimulation. Once implants are placed, your bone will be continuously stimulated and blood flow will be restored, allowing your biting force to be dramatically improved and for nutrients to properly flow to your facial tissue.
Keep in mind that dental implants don’t only improve your ability to chew foods. They also help you maintain your jaw’s natural shape and your skin’s elasticity. This means your face will not prematurely sag, which is common for those with tooth loss! Plus, unlike other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants typically last between 25 years and a lifetime when you practice daily oral care. This makes them one of the most reliable forms of tooth replacement to date.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are one of the most versatile forms of tooth replacement available today because they can be used to replace single teeth or all the teeth in a single arch. Below, you’ll find a number of methods we can perform to solve your unique tooth loss case.
Missing One Tooth
To replace a single tooth, we place a single titanium implant inside of your jaw and give it time to heal over the next several months. Once fully healed, we’ll be able to create a permanent restoration that sits on top. This restoration is made from porcelain in order to best blend in with your smile and remain durable over the next few decades.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Fitting dental implants with bridges is quite common and can be done to replace multiple consecutive teeth in your arch. Additionally, implant-retained bridges do not require the removal of existing tooth enamel because implants are strong enough to hold the restoration on their own. Typically, a pair of dental implants will hold a three- or four-crown bridge.
Missing All Teeth
If you need to replace teeth on opposing sides of your mouth or all the teeth in your arch, we can customize either a full or partial denture to snap on top of dental implants. If you struggle with your current denture because it never stays in place, dental implants can create a more stable restoration overall. You can also have the implant-retained denture be removable or fixed, depending on your preference.
Start to Finish Convenience
Because our dentists are trained and qualified to place dental implants and restore them with high-quality restorations, you don’t have to travel to multiple dental offices just to have your teeth replaced via dental implants. While this is common practice throughout the country, University Dental Group is proud to make the implant and restoration process more convenient every step of the way. Overall, it makes treatment more efficient and avoids the risk of your needs getting lost in communication between multiple dental professionals.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
It’s important to note that the cost of your dental implant treatment will vary depending on your needs. For example, if you need to have periodontal therapy or bone grafts performed to make your treatment viable, the cost will be higher on average. Additionally, needing a 3-unit bridge over a single implant-retained crown will increase costs because the restoration is more complex and requires more time and expertise to create. With that said, dental implants are widely considered to be more cost-effective than other tooth replacement methods because of their restorative benefits, longevity, aesthetic and minimal maintenance.
Dental Implant FAQs
Do you still have more questions about dental implants in Worcester? Choosing which restorative option you’re going to get to replace your missing teeth is a big decision. We understand that you may still have questions ,and we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your choice to get dental implants. That’s why we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patient below, for your convenience.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
The thought of any type of surgery can sound daunting and painful, and that’s something that could be keeping you from fully investing in the dental implant procedure. You’ll be glad to know that placing your titanium implants is virtually pain-free. Your dentist or oral surgeon will administer a local anesthetic beforehand so you can’t feel a thing, but you will remain awake. The bone where your implants are going to be placed also doesn’t contain many pain-sensing nerves.
After surgery, most patients experience some minor discomfort, but it’s nothing that can’t be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. Our team can also provide you with some post-op tips to reduce swelling and make your recovery process easier, like using an icepack and eating soft food. Rinsing with warm salt water can also help soothe your gums and provide you with some relief.
How long does it take to recover from implant surgery?
Many patients are concerned that they’ll need to put their lives on hold to recover from dental implant surgery. However, most people are able to return to their everyday diet and routine within a week. This timeframe depends on several unique factors, such as how many implants you’re having placed. After your surgery, we’ll provide you with some basic guidelines so you can make a speedy recovery.
Is it hard to take care of dental implants?
Taking proper care of your dental implants can extend their lifespan, allowing you to enjoy your new replacement teeth without having to worry about frequent visits to your implant dentist. They’re so similar to your natural teeth that you can care for them in the same way, meaning you aren’t going to need to drastically alter your dental hygiene routine to keep them healthy. Be sure to:
- Brush twice each day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once every day.
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash.
- Visit our office every six months for your checkup and cleaning.
- Contact us immediately if you experience any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms.
What can cause implant failure?
Several factors can lead to implant failure, but some primary causes are improperly placed implants, infections, and delayed healing. If you’d like to ensure that your implants successfully integrate with your jawbone, be sure to:
- Practice good dental hygiene.
- Quit bad oral habits such as smoking and teeth grinding.
- Get any oral health problems taken care of before your dental implant surgery.
At University Dental Group, we make sure that our patients’ mouths are as healthy as possible, so their dental implants won’t fail. We’ll also provide you with aftercare advice so you can avoid any complications later on.