Complete Your Smile With Dental Implants
If you’ve lost teeth, you know how it can negatively affect your confidence. Along with lower self-confidence, gaps in your teeth can also lead to dental complications that prevent you from living life to the fullest. When you’re ready to stop hiding your smile and start living your best life, dental implants may be the ideal solution for you.
At Holyoke Mall Dental, we’re proud to offer durable, customizable dental implants that’ll improve your smile and oral health. Learn more about this restorative treatment by reading our helpful guide on dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth-replacement solution custom-designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Using small titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone, you can regain the ability to eat what you love and smile with pride.
This restorative treatment is a long-lasting solution to tooth loss that will give you your freedom back. Requiring only your normal oral hygiene and biannual visits to our Holyoke dental office, implants are perfect for patients wanting to go back to life as normal.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry, dental implants have already helped millions of patients restore their smiles. Some unique benefits of implants include:
- Durability: Dental implants are constructed out of strong material, meaning they won’t break or wear down over time.
- Secure Fit: Because they’re secured to your jaw, implants won’t shift or loosen over time.
- Custom-Made: Dr. Chen will customize your implants to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth for a complete smile.
- Natural Look and Function: Implants not only mimic the appearance of your natural teeth, but they also function the same way, letting you eat your favorite foods worry-free.
- Retains Bone Structure: Implants replace teeth from the root to crown, which helps preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration from missing teeth.
When Are Dental Implants Necessary?
Dr. Chen may recommend dental implants if you have:
- Missing teeth
- Infected teeth
- Ill-fitting dentures or bridges
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
If you’re interested in receiving dental implants, the first step is scheduling a consultation with one of our dentists where you’ll undergo a dental/radiographic examination. During this visit, your specific needs and considerations will be addressed by our skilled dental team.
Your questions and concerns are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to ensure your procedure is a success.
The Dental Implant Process
At Holyoke Mall Dental, you can achieve a complete smile with dental implants over the course of six to eight months. Your treatment plan will be broken down into three phases.
Planning Your Treatment
During your first visit to our Holyoke office, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Chen. He’ll first determine if dental implants are the perfect restorative solution r for you, checking factors such as your overall oral health and the density of your bone structure.
If you meet all the requirements for implants, Dr. Chen will create a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs. However, if Dr. Chen determines you’re ineligible for implants, he may recommend mini implants or an alternative procedure.
Placing Your Implants
Before the procedure begins, you’ll be numbed with a local anesthetic to eliminate any pain or anxiety you may feel. Dr. Chen will discuss your options for sedation or anesthesia at your consultation.
The first step to placing your implants is to prepare the jaw. Dr. Chen will drill a small hole in the jawbone before placing the titanium implant. A temporary cover will then be placed to prevent infection. For the next three to six months, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums, naturally bonding with the jaw bone. This process is known as osseointegration.
Once you’ve fully healed, you’ll return to our Holyoke office for your final fitting. An additional piece known as the abutment will be attached to the implant at this visit. This is the piece that will hold your customized dental crown. The replacement teeth are then placed over the posts, where Dr. Chen will ensure the implants fit properly. Then, you can walk out of our office with a new, complete smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the success rate of dental implants?
The success rate of dental implants varies between patients, as everyone has different oral health and habits. For healthy individuals who practice good oral hygiene, dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent. Dr. Chen will ensure your procedure will be successful and can recommend another treatment if he suspects implants aren’t the best option for you.
Do dental implants require additional care?
Dental implants can last a lifetime, and all you’ll have to do is practice a good oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing twice a day. We also suggest visiting our Holyoke office for biannual check-ups to ensure your implants and natural teeth are in good shape.
Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
With sedation or numbing using a local anesthetic, this procedure will be virtually painless. Dr. Chen will safely and gently place your dental implants. However, you may feel mild discomfort after the procedure, but we’ll prescribe you medications to help manage any pain you may feel. If you’re still uncertain, don’t hesitate to contact us at (413) 538-7400.
Restore Your Smile With Dr. Chen
Our experienced dental team will ensure your implant procedure is a quick and painless experience that leaves you with a bright new smile. Soon you’ll be enjoying the foods and drinks you love worry-free.
To learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen, contact our Holyoke office by calling (413) 538-7400. You can also fill out our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.