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Dental Implants – Lebanon, NH

Completely Replace Your Missing Teeth

Woman smiling after dental implant tooth replacement

One downside of traditional forms of tooth replacement is that they’re incomplete; they take the place of the parts of the tooth used for chewing, but the roots that are normally beneath the gums stay missing. In order to replace this often-overlooked component of the tooth’s structure, Drs. Sanders and Munsey may recommend that your new teeth be supported by dental implants. Schedule a consultation at Hanover Road Dental Health today to learn more about the current gold standard for filling in dental gaps - dental implants in Lebanon, NH.

Why Choose Hanover Road Dental Health for Dental Implants?

  • Work Hand-in-Hand with Skilled Specialists
  • Replace Any
    Number of Teeth
  • Friday Hours

What Is a
Dental Implant?

Dentist showing patient a model tooth and implant supported dental crown

When you get a dental implant, it will consist of three main components: the implant post itself, an abutment, and a crown or another type of prosthetic tooth. The post (which is very thin and normally made out of titanium) will be placed in the jawbone and left to fuse with it, more or less becoming part of the body as a result. Then the abutment will be attached to the post, and finally the restoration will be connected to the abutment.

Benefits of
Dental Implants

Man and woman smiling together after dental implant tooth replacement
  • Aesthetics: With the dazzling restorations created with close attention to detail, your new teeth will fit right in with the rest of your mouth.
  • No Sliding: Dentures supported by implants will stay in place. That means no inopportune slipping causing you to slur your words or making it harder to chew your favorite foods.
  • Improved Confidence: The natural look and feel of dental implants can give your self-esteem a boost.
  • Convenience: You can clean implant-retained prosthetics the same way you clean natural teeth: through brushing and flossing. That way, there’s no need to remove your dentures during your oral hygiene routine.
  • Improved Oral Health: You don’t need to alter the nearby teeth to make room for implants, so more of the enamel protecting you from cavities and oral infections stays intact.
  • Durability: Most restorations tend to wear down and will eventually need to be replaced, but a well-cared for implant post can stay in your jaw for life.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Man considering dental implant options

Ideal candidates for dental implants will already have a healthy mouth, a healthy body, and a jaw with a certain level of bone density. Gum disease, bone loss, and other issues need to be treated if possible. Also, it’s important to realize that the implant process will change depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.

Missing One Tooth

Animated implant supported dental crown placement

A single dental implant can support a crown, which is enough to replace one tooth anywhere in the mouth. This means there’s no need for a dental bridge that would require changes to nearby teeth. It’s important to note that once you get an implant, you can expect to wait several months before receiving your crown.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Animated implant supported fixed bridge placement

You could get a separate implant and crown for each tooth that’s gone. Three or more missing teeth in a row, however, only require two dental implant posts. These will serve as support for a dental bridge, thus filling in a sizable gap while leaving the rest of your teeth alone.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Animated implant supported denture placement

If you want full dentures to be supported by dental implants, we’ll need to figure out how many posts will be necessary in your case. Normally, 4 to 6 implants should be enough. Implant-retained dentures are typically permanently anchored in place, but depending on the situation, they can also be detachable.

Partners with
the Best in
Grafton County

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It takes a lot of time and a significant investment to get dental implants, so you’ll naturally want to make sure that that the procedure itself is handled by an expert. We work alongside some of the most talented specialists in the county, all of whom have plenty of experience when it comes to placing implants. After your mouth has healed, we’ll be more than happy to restore your implants with a crown, a bridge, or dentures as needed.

the Cost of
Dental Implants

Animated implant supported tooth replacement components

First of all, you need to remember that implants are a long-term solution. While they may seem to cost more than other forms of tooth replacement at the onset, you’ll continue to benefit from their stability, durability, and overall impact on your oral health for years to come. That makes them well worth the price!

As for the exact cost, we’ll need to consider a number of factors, including:

  • The number of posts received.
  • The type of restoration received.
  • Each stage of the implant process itself.
  • Any other treatment deemed necessary.

These variables can cause the final price to vary, which is why we can only give you a reliable estimate once we’ve examined your mouth during an initial consultation. After that, we can discuss ways to make sure that the treatment is affordable. Don’t worry; we’re more than happy to work with you to make sure that you’re able to receive the stronger smile you deserve!

Dental Implant FAQs

At Hanover Road Dental Health, we’d be happy to completely replace your missing teeth both above and below the gumline with dental implants in Lebanon. This method is quite different than more traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or a dental bridge, so it’s natural to have a few questions. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dental implants below. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, feel free to give us a call or schedule your consultation to learn more!

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Whether you’re missing one, several, or all your natural teeth, there’s a great chance that dental implants can help you restore your complete smile. However, you’ll need a few things to be considered a good candidate:

  • Good general health: Since placing dental implants is a surgical procedure, you need to be well enough to undergo minor surgery.
  • Great oral health: Tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth grinding can all cause problems for dental implants, so these issues will need to be corrected first.
  • Adequate jawbone density: You’ll need to have enough jawbone density to support the implant posts for your dental implants to be successful.

Even if you don’t think you’re a good candidate, come see us for a consultation if you’re interested in dental implants! We’ll work with you to make a plan to help you get ready for your brand-new smile.

What Can I Expect After Dental Implant Surgery?

Most patients are happy to report that the dental implant surgery itself isn’t uncomfortable at all! Directly after the surgery, you should plan on having someone drive you home where you can take it easy for the rest of the day. It’s natural to experience some slight discomfort, swelling, and bleeding for a little while after your procedure, but these symptoms should all resolve themselves within a week or so. Taking your prescribed pain medication, getting plenty of rest, and sticking to a diet of soft, nutritious foods will help the healing process go smoothly.

Why Does Getting Dental Implants Take So Long?

Once your dental implant posts are placed into your jaw, they undergo a process called osseointegration. This is where they gradually fuse with the surrounding bone tissue to essentially become a part of your jaw. There are a number of factors that will influence how long this process takes, including your age, health, oral hygiene habits, and number of dental implants placed. However, it will generally take between four to six months before your mouth has healed enough to place your final restoration. While this is significantly more time than it takes dentures or a dental bridge to replace missing teeth, the unmatched long-term benefits and potential to last a lifetime of dental implants are well worth the wait!

Can Dental Implants Fail?

Dental implants boast an astonishing success rate of over 95% even after ten years. However, there is still a remote chance that they can fail. A blow to the face can potentially dislodge your dental implant, while chewing on hard objects and using your teeth as tools to open packages can crack your restoration. Most notably, a buildup of plaque and bacteria around the dental implant from poor oral hygiene can lead to infections in the gums. Eventually, the tissues that help support your dental implant and hold it in place could be destroyed, causing it to fall out. Thankfully, you can easily expect your dental implant to stay in place for a lifetime with the proper care!

Ready to see if dental implants are right for you? Give your Lebanon dentist a call today to start your journey towards a complete, confident smile!