What are dental implants?
For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general dentist, is happy to offer implant dentistry for his patients in Merrimack, NH. Dental implants are metal posts surgically placed in your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. One or more posts can be connected to a bridge, crown, or denture for a beautiful restoration that can be treated like natural teeth. Make an appointment to hear more about implant dentistry at Something To Smile About. Dental implants may help if you don't qualify for a crown or bridge restorations or don't want the hassle of removable dentures. Talk to Dr. Boulard about what you would like, and decide if dental implants are a good option for you.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth or multiple teeth to give you a beautiful new smile with benefits that include:
- Providing a permanent replacement for missing teeth
- Offering multiple treatment options
- Creating a strong, healthy bite and beautiful smile
- Allowing you to eat the foods you love
- Improving speech
- Supporting better oral health
- Restoring facial symmetry for a more youthful look
- Helping to prevent bone loss
- Boosting confidence and self-image
"After delaying dental care for over a year, I found Dr. Boulard and have had two visits with his practice. I could not be more pleased! The staff is friendly and competent and showed deep concern for my needs and well being. After experiencing the intolerance and contempt the medical community at large has for those who cannot safely wear a face mask, I am overjoyed at the treatment and respect I received here. After my dental surgery, I got a follow-up call from Dr. Boulard himself, which I thought was so nice and caring. These folks stand head and shoulders above the rest and I am so grateful to have found them!"- L.P. / Office Visit / Jun 10, 2021
"I’ve been a patient with Dr. Boulard for 14 years. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my teeth! Always makes me feel comfortable and never a painful experience. I love the fact that they have high tech scanners so I never gag, no more gunky impressions. and they have up to date technology, with the option of also getting Invisalign. The rest of the staff is lovely and the office manager, Olga, is amazing! They are so efficient and well mannered. I highly recommend!"- D.S. / Google / May 24, 2021
"The entire staff at Something to Smile About is absolutely amazing. I have severe dental anxiety due to some terrible experiences with other dentists, and they really listened to all of my concerns and did everything they could to make me more comfortable. I have had a couple of rounds of dental work there now, and I don't feel a thing from beginning to end. Dr. Boulard is the best at what he does!"- K.W. / Google / May 15, 2021
"I just started going to Dr. Kevin Boulard after my family dentist, whom I've been with my ENTIRE life, retired."- K.W. / Facebook / Feb 13, 2021
"The staff is so amazing and caring. Takes time to listen to the concerns of the patient. Keeps them comfortable as can be in a dentist office."- T.D. / Facebook / Jul 08, 2020
Missing A Tooth?
Even if you're only missing a single tooth, a dental implant is an ideal replacement option. Dr. Boulard will place a single post, then affix a lifelike dental crown that will match the rest of your teeth for a completely natural-looking replacement.
Missing Multiple Teeth?
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, an implant-retained bridge is a stronger, more natural-looking replacement than traditional bridges. At either end of the gap in your teeth, Dr. Boulard will place a dental implant. He will then create a dental bridge and affix it to each implant at both ends for an extremely durable replacement that matches your natural teeth.
Missing All Your Teeth?
If you're missing all your teeth, don't settle for traditional dentures - it's time to get dental implants. Traditional dentures may slip, fit improperly, or limit the types of foods you can eat. With dental implants, 4 - 6 posts will be placed to provide support for your full denture. The denture will be permanently affixed to these posts in your mouth, fitting tightly, snugly, and comfortably. You won't ever have to worry about your dentures slipping, falling out, or keeping you from eating a crisp apple or corn on the cob.
who is a dental implant candidate?
At your dental implant consultation, Dr. Boulard will evaluate the health of your jawbone and gums to determine if a dental implant is the right option. In some cases, a gum or bone graft may be completed prior to implant surgery to ensure you have a strong enough foundation to support the post. Dental implants may not be appropriate if you use tobacco products, are pregnant, or are currently being treated for periodontal disease.
Dr. Boulard's dental implant techniques
The first part of the dental implant process is the preparation of your gums for implant surgery. After you are prepped with sedation and numbing injections, Dr. Boulard can surgically restore an implant by making an incision in your gums to access your jawbone. He will place a titanium post in the bone. Then, the incision will be closed with part of the implant above the gums.
This process will be repeated if multiple implants are being placed. Over time, the dental implant will integrate into the bone and gum. You may have some temporary swelling in your gums and lower face, plus discomfort, bruising, and some minor bleeding following your implant surgery. Dr. Boulard may also prescribe pain medication and antibiotics.
After a few months, Dr. Boulard will decide if your implant has healed within your gums and jaw. Finally, your restoration (bridge, crown, or denture) can be attached to the post and adjusted for a proper fit.
how to take care of your dental implants
Once your dental implants are integrated and your restoration is attached, you should develop a good oral care routine at home like daily brushing and flossing. You should schedule annual exams and biannual cleanings at Something To Smile About so Dr. Boulard can evaluate the health of your implants and restorations. He will decide if your restorations or implants should be repaired or replaced.
Dental Implant FAQ
How much does a dental implant cost?
The exact cost of your dental implant may vary depending on what prep work is needed. Additionally, if you need multiple implants, the price may vary. After your consultation at our facility, our financial team can talk with you about your expected costs and reach out to your insurance provider. We also offer various financial planning options.
What is the best age to receive dental implants?
Ideally, patients needing a dental implant have all of their permanent teeth. A dental implant can be beneficial to replace a missing or damaged tooth for restored function and appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Boulard can determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant or another procedure at Something To Smile About.
Are there any alternatives to dental implants?
If you are not a candidate for a dental implant, there are a few other options available. Additionally, if you desire a removable option, a partial denture may be more ideal. Dr. Boulard can let you know what options may be right for you.
Dedicated to You during Dental Implants
Implant dentistry can be a great option if you want a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that is easy to clean and lasts for a long time. Dr. Boulard will walk you through the steps needed. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, make an appointment for a consultation at Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH.
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