What are dental implants?
For long-lasting restorations for a missing tooth or teeth, Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general and cosmetic 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.
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.
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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