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
"I was fortunate enough to have had Dr Boulard help me after an accident that knocked out my front teeth. Because of the extensive damage, I scheduled a consultation with Dr Boulard expecting reconstructive surgery, and it took no more than 2 hours for him to draw up a plan and I left the office that day relieved of pain (still no teeth). After many months of work, Dr Boulard proved his skills and expertise repairing my teeth making them look better than they did before and function as well. As someone who hates going to the dentist, he made sure I was comfortable throughout each procedure. Dr Boulard has an amazing team at his side. He details as a perfectionist would, but also makes the comfort of his patients his number one priority. He was extremely accommodative with scheduling and working with my insurance."- N.A. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
"Just a shout out to Something to Smile About on dw! Dr Kevin and his staff are so friendly and reliable. I had work done recently and it was one of the easiest pain less experience I've ever had at the dentist. He's very thorough with everything he's does. Recommend 10 out of 10 if youre looking for a new dentist 🦷"- N.K. / Facebook / Apr 06, 2022
"As someone that loathes going to the dentist and having major anxiety about it I got lucky to have found Dr. Boulard and his amazing staff. From the very onset they treat you with the utmost respect and class. By the time you leave your first appointment you realize you made the right choice as they treat you like family. After the first conversation with Liz making the appointment I knew this was possibly the right place. And it was cemented the second you walk through the door and you're greeted by Liz her radiant smile and the feeling that you belong there. Easiest five star rating I've given. If there was an option for ten or fifteen stars they'd earn them all!! If you're on the fence hop over and give something to smile about a call."- B. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
"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
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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