Dental Implants West Brookfield, MA
A Long-term Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth and are looking for a solution, you are not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, “178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth,” and this number is on the rise. Unfortunately, missing a tooth is not just a problem of esthetics — it is also a problem of health. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone starts to deteriorate. Without a root to stimulate the growth of bone and a tooth to fill the space, adjoining teeth can drift out of place, compromising your bite and endangering your teeth to other negative consequences.
Invest in Your Health with Dental Implants
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, while preserving your bone level. Dental implants are non-removable, so there is no need for adhesives and no fear of slippage. With proper homecare and regular maintenance from our dentist, your dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you both time and money in the long run!
Here are a few reasons to choose dental implants for replacing your missing teeth:
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants in West Brookfield are versatile enough to replace any number of missing teeth. For a single vacant tooth, a dental implant and crown is the solution. An implant-retained bridge can be used to replace multiple consecutively missing teeth, while implant-retained dentures provide a full-mouth reconstruction.
Missing Single Tooth
A single tooth dental implant consists of the implant, the abutment (acts as an anchor) and a porcelain crown restoration. The combination of these three parts creates what is considered to be the most reliable form of tooth replacement available. Better yet, the new structure is completely self-sufficient, which means no damage to your surrounding teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
For multiple consecutive missing teeth, instead of placing an implant for each one, we’ll create an implant-retained bridge. Like the traditional dental bridge method, this option consists of two or more dental crowns arranged in series. There is one big difference, though. Instead of relying on the surrounding teeth to act as anchors, the structure we create won’t require any alterations to your other teeth.
Missing All Teeth
If you’re missing all your teeth, thankfully, you don’t have to endure the ultra-invasiveness of having each tooth root replaced. You also don’t have to settle for awkward traditional dentures that are subject to sliding and falling out your mouth. By strategically placing four-to-six dental implants per arch that attach to a full set of dentures, our dentist can securely and restore your smile and functionality.
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Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
At West Brookfield Dental, we not only design a complete tooth replacement protocol for you; we’ll also perform the dental implant procedure from start-to-finish in our office. That means you can trust that every aspect of the procedure will be done in the most efficient manner possible.
The process starts with our dentist performing a thorough examination of your mouth, gums and any remaining teeth. Thus, there will be no wasted time or efforts, and you can move on to being fully restored by your dentist in West Brookfield.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
One of the most attractive features of the dental implant process is its impressive level of customization—no two procedures are truly alike! Therefore, the best way to get an accurate cost estimate is to visit our office for a consultation that includes a detailed oral examination. We’ll take into account factors such as the number of teeth you have missing, the condition of your oral health, and the amount of healthy jawbone you have remaining—based on these details, we can give you a better idea of what you’ll end up paying.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
There are a few possible preliminary treatments that might need to be performed before we can clear you for dental implant surgery; these include gum disease therapy, tooth extractions, and dental bone grafting. While these do add to the overall cost of the process, they ultimately ensure that the implants are capable of serving you well. These processes are also typically at least partially covered by dental insurance, but you’ll want to check the specifics of your plan beforehand. As for the actual implant surgery, the amount you’ll pay is typically affected by variables like the location of the surgical site, the number of implants being placed, and the type of sedation and anesthesia being used.
The Parts of Your Dental Implants
When it comes to dental implants, their overall cost is also affected by:
- Number of Implants – Dental implants can be used to replace just one, a few, or an entire missing arch (or two) of teeth; the number you’re receiving will play a part in what you pay.
- Type of Restoration – Crowns, bridges, and dentures can all be used with implants, and they all have varying costs. In most cases, smaller restorations are typically less expensive than larger ones.
- Material – Implants are sometimes made from zirconia instead of titanium, which affects the overall cost.
- Brand – There are numerous implant manufacturers to meet the variety of needs that exist among dental patients. The manufacturer we choose will affect how much you end up paying, but feel free to ask us about what brand you’re receiving as well as any brand-specific benefits!
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
You may be tempted to save money by choosing traditional dentures or bridges over dental implants, due to their lower cost. But even though implants have a higher up-front cost than other solutions, they actually save you quite a bit of money down the road. One reason for this lies in their longevity; you won’t have to pay for a replacement every 5 to 10 years like you would for dentures or bridges. You also don’t need to worry about purchasing special cleaning solutions or tools for your implants, as they don’t require any specialized care or maintenance—just keep up with your oral hygiene, and they’ll stay clean and intact while helping your mouth stay in tip-top shape!
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Generally speaking, most insurance plans do not pay for the actual dental implants themselves, though there are exceptions, and parts of the final restoration or preliminary treatments are often covered. In any case, our team can sit down with you to review your benefits so that you can rest assured they’re being maximized.
Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth and are widely considered by dentists and patients alike to be the gold standard of tooth replacement. However, it’s likely you have some questions that need answers before you’re ready to commit to a treatment plan. While we will be happy to walk you through the entire process during your consultation, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dental implants below so you can learn more about them. If you don’t see the information you’re looking of, we’re just a phone call away!
Will I Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?
A strong jawbone is the key for successful dental implant treatment. You’ll need to have enough jawbone density for the dental implant to fully integrate with and be supported by. Unfortunately, there are a variety of reasons why you may not have enough jawbone density, like:
- You’ve lost teeth because of gum disease, which attacks the jawbone.
- You’ve lost teeth due to a bone-weakening disease.
- You lost your teeth a long time ago, and therefore the jawbone has naturally deteriorated.
Thankfully, none of these situations mean that you can’t ever get dental implants. A bone graft is a great way to rebuild your jawbone and get you ready for your new smile. Every dental implant case is slightly different, so the only way to know for sure whether you’ll need a bone graft or not is to come see us for a consultation and evaluation.
Am I Too Old or Young for Dental Implants?
There are very few restrictions on who can get dental implants. In fact, there is no upper age limit! As long as a patient has a strong jawbone, good oral health, and is well enough to undergo minor surgery, we can help them rebuild their smile with dental implants. On the other side of the spectrum, a teenager who is interested in replacing their missing permanent tooth or teeth will need to wait until their jaw is done growing. Typically, this is by the age of 16 for girls and 18 for boys.
Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?
You’ll need to follow a few dietary restrictions after your dental implant surgery to help your mouth heal. However, in the long-term, you can expect to eat whatever you like with your new teeth. Thanks to their secure placement in your jawbone, you will easily be able to comfortably eat nuts, apples, steak, and any other food on your plate. That being said, you should still limit your intake of very hard foods, very sticky foods, and very sugary foods, which are bad for your dental implant as well as your natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants an Eligible FSA or HSA Expense?
Dental implants are generally considered eligible for HSA reimbursement since they are a restorative treatment. They are also often eligible for FSA reimbursement as well. However, you may have a cap on the amount or other restrictions to navigate. We’ll help you look at the details of your FDA or HSA to determine exactly what you can expect to pay out-of-pocket.