Dental Implants in Merrimack, NH

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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.

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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