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Dental Implants – Concord, NH

Regain a Strong, Confident Smile for Years to Come

woman smiling with dental implants in Concord, NHYou may think that a single missing tooth isn’t something to be seriously concerned about, but these losses can have a domino effect regarding your oral health. In order to regain a strong, confident smile for years to come, you need a quality reconstructive solution, and dental implants in Concord, NH are at the very top of the list. Our dedicated team of doctors has the skills and training needed to personally handle every step of the dental implant process right here in-house, saving you valuable time while keeping you fully comfortable. Contact Generations Dental Care today if you’d like to schedule an initial consultation, or if you have any questions for our staff.

Why Choose Generation Dental Care for Dental Implants?

two dental implant posts with abutments and crownsWhat Are Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in replacing your teeth with a solution that feels as natural as it looks and can also last several times longer than any other treatment option, it’s hard to beat dental implants. Their unique three-part structure (a titanium post, a custom-made restoration, and a metal abutment that connects the two) gives dental implants unmatched longevity, reliability, and aesthetics. In fact, they’re often considered the gold standard of tooth replacement. Once placed, you can expect dental implants to last for decades thanks to their ability to fuse with the supporting bone structure in a process called osseointegration.

dental implant being placed into the lower jawThe 4-Step Dental Implant Process

While many general dental practices have to refer their patients to outside specialists for the surgical portion of their dental implant treatment, it’s different here at Generations Dental Care. Instead, we’ve brought the specialist to you! Our in-house periodontist Dr. Jonell Hopeck will personally handle this important procedure so that you can spend the entire process in the same comfortable environment with a team you already know and trust. We’ll gladly explain the details of your treatment in detail at your appointment, but for now, here are the four basic steps of the dental implant process.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

dentist showing a patient a model of dental implant in jaw

To begin your journey to a newly rebuilt smile, you’ll attend a consultation here in our office, where our team will examine your mouth, take X-rays, review your oral and overall health, and ask you about your goals and expectations for the treatment. We’ll explain the details of how dental implants work in Concord and outline your treatment process. If we find that you need one or more preliminary procedures first, like bone grafting to address bone loss in the jaw, we’ll factor that into your overall care process. It will prolong your total treatment time, but it will be worth it to have a lasting, healthy smile!

Dental Implant Surgery

dentist showing a patient their X rays

Since we have a board-certified periodontist (gum expert) on staff, you won’t need to worry about traveling to a separate office and paying specialist fees for the surgical step of your treatment. This makes your experience more comfortable, affordable, and convenient overall!

As a procedure, dental implant surgery is fairly straightforward. First, Dr. Hopeck numbs your mouth and jaw with local anesthesia (you may also be under some form of sedation for added comfort). Then, she creates tiny incisions in your gum tissue and situates the implants into pre-determined locations within your jaw. Lastly, she’ll install protective caps on top of the implants to keep them safe as you heal, seal the gum tissue back up, and send you home to recover.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment

person smiling with a dental implant abutment

Although you should feel back to normal within a few days of your surgery, you’ll need to wait up to six months for osseointegration to occur. This is the natural process by which your jawbone forms a strong attachment to the implant posts, allowing them to become just as firmly embedded as the roots of your natural teeth were.

When osseointegration is finished, you’ll return to our office and most likely need to undergo a second (smaller) oral surgery. Dr. Hopeck will make incisions in your gums to access the tops of the implants and secure metal connectors onto them, which will hold your prosthetic teeth in place. Recovering from the abutment surgery shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks.

Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s)

patient seeing their new smile in a mirror in dental office

The final step of getting dental implants in Concord is placing your restorations, which could be dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, depending on how many teeth you’re replacing. These prosthetics will be meticulously designed from impressions that we take of your mouth. Once we attach them to your abutments and make any last-minute adjustments if need be, your smile should look, feel, and function exactly as it did prior to your tooth loss!

happy man sitting in a parkBenefits of Dental Implants

There are several advantages of replacing missing teeth with this solution. If you’re looking for reasons to get dental implants, know that they:

young man talking to his dentistWho Dental Implants Can Help

Once your mouth has fully healed from the initial implant placement, it’ll be time to return to Generations Dental Care so that our team can design the ideal restorative solution that will sit on top. Each of these replacement teeth are made with lifelike materials, such as dental porcelain, designed to resemble your natural pearly whites as much as possible. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, your dental implant dentist in Concord can use one of the following solutions:

Missing One Tooth

In the past, a single missing tooth was replaced with a dental bridge. However, this solution required the two neighboring teeth to be filed down to secure the bridge in place. By using just one implant post topped with a dental crown, we can fill the empty space in your grin without altering any of your healthy tooth structure.

Missing Multiple Teeth

There are a couple of ways that we can replace multiple missing teeth with dental implants. If the teeth were consecutive, we can place an implant post on either end of the gap and affix a dental bridge on top of them. For several missing teeth throughout the mouth, we may be able to secure a partial denture onto a small number of implants.

Missing All Teeth

Even if you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, dental implants can still bring back your whole smile. A full denture can be anchored onto an average of four to eight implant posts placed throughout the jaw. An implant denture can be fixed permanently in place or designed to still be removable in nature – the patient’s personal preferences and current level of oral health will determine this decision.

dental team member showing paperwork to two patientsUnderstanding the Cost of Dental Implants

At Generations Dental Care, we take the time to personalize each treatment to meet every patient’s individual needs. As a result, no two dental implant treatments will cost exactly the same. This makes it virtually impossible to provide a price estimate unless you visit us for a consultation. At this appointment, we’ll go over your financing options, such as dental insurance, CareCredit, Lending Club, and our in-house dental savings plan.

Keep in mind that even though dental implants have a higher up-front price tag, they can actually save you money down the road. While bridges and dentures must be repaired or replaced every 5 to 10 years, dental implants could last a lifetime with the right care, making them a wise long-term investment.

dentist showing a dental implant to a patientDental Implant FAQs

Even though dental implants have been in use for several decades now, we understand that many people do not quite understand how they work or if they are eligible to receive them in the first place. At Generations Dental Care, our goal is to keep our patients informed however possible, especially when it comes to treatments that they know they will be receiving in the future. Below, you’ll find our most common questions regarding dental implants as well as our answers. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to call us today!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

In most cases, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. While this may be unfortunate, it doesn’t mean that you cannot reduce costs via your insurance in other ways. For example, while you cannot save money on the placement of the implant itself, you can save on the restoration or preparatory treatments that you may need to begin treatment. We also encourage you to read more about our third-party financing options as well as our Quality Dental Plan available in-house!

How Long Does Dental Implant Treatment Typically Take?

The length of your treatment largely depends on how complex your needs are to replace teeth. Overall, you should expect to dedicate six to nine months to your treatment. This length can vary depending on your current dental health, the number of teeth that need to be placed, which teeth you intend to replace, and whether or not an extraction is needed prior to implant placement. Keep in mind that for comprehensive treatments like dental implants, planning is key to ensuring a healthy and successful procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The good news is more and more people are eligible for dental implants today than in the past. As long as you have healthy gum tissue, good oral health overall, and sufficient bone tissue to receive the dental implants you need, you are eligible for treatment! During your consultation, we’ll confirm your current oral health status and walk you through the process of receiving dental implants. Depending on your circumstances, we may recommend a larger restoration that fits onto multiple implants, which could have their own implications regarding your eligibility.

Can a Dental Implant Fail?

It is true that dental implants can fail, but this is widely avoided thanks to the expertise of our many dedicated doctors that we keep in-house. When placed by a professional, dental implants have an average success rate of 98 percent, even after ten years of having the implant. During your planning phase, we’ll confirm that enough bone tissue is present and that your gums are healthy, two factors that play a major role in treatment. Furthermore, we’ll help you manage your care as your implants heal. For example, you should not under any circumstances consume tobacco while your implants integrate with your bone and soft tissue.

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