Dental Implants – Gorham, ME
& Lifelong Tooth Replacement
In today’s world, dental implants are the premier treatment solution for most patients who’ve lost parts of their natural smiles. They’re exceptional in that they rebuild the entire structure of a natural tooth, not just the white crown that sits atop the gum line. The final result is highly durable, seamlessly attractive, and built to last for several decades or even the rest of a person’s life. At Morgan-Hill Dental Care, we’re happy to offer comprehensive implant care right here in our dental office! Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation or if you have any questions.
Why Choose Morgan-Hill Dental Care for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implant Placement & Restoration in 1 Convenient Location
- State-of-the-Art Digital Technology for Superior Results
- Custom-Made, Highly Lifelike Implant Dentures
How Dental Implants Work
Before getting started with your tooth replacement plan, we will carefully review every step of the dental implant restoration process. This ensures you’ll feel 100% confident before we get started with this complex tooth replacement process. Your treatment plan will be completed over the course of several phase of treatment. We’ll start with a tooth replacement consultation. Then, we’ll perform any preparatory procedures before placing your dental implant posts. Then, we’ll design and craft your replacement tooth or teeth, leaving you with a flawless smile.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer many benefits to anyone missing a single tooth or several teeth. One thing on many people’s list of concerns is how others may view the dental implant. That is not a problem though. Because of advances in the aesthetics of dentures, the implants look just like natural, normal teeth. The implants are embedded directly into the gum and jaw giving the appearance of a natural, healthy tooth.
Comfort is another concern people have when undergoing any dental changes. When thinking of dentures and bridges, there is usually a bulky base included. Implants do not require a base of any kind. The dental implant is embedded directly into the gum and jaw giving the appearance and feel of a natural tooth. Dental implants are comfortable and natural. You will forget that the implant is not your original tooth.
Another issue that not everyone thinks about when missing a tooth or several teeth, is how this affects the jaw bone. By using a bridge or dentures to replace teeth, your jawbone is not getting the support it needs. Dental implants do provide a solid support for your bone structure. The dental implants help maintain the integrity of your jawbone and stop the bone structure from dissolving. Implants also stop your remaining teeth from shifting. Dental implants are created to last a lifetime.
Indications for Dental Implants
If you find yourself with one or several missing teeth, consider getting dental implants. The reason for the missing teeth makes no difference in this situation. Whether the tooth or teeth have been lost because of decay, injury, or gum disease does not change the effectiveness of dental implants. We have patients that have dealt with each of these conditions but now have their natural teeth restored, giving them the confidence to smile, laugh, and eat in public.
Missing a Single Tooth
When faced with individual missing teeth, all-ceramic dental crowns are the best method available for conservative and confident restoration. They can be placed between natural teeth without any major alterations needed, and the final result is so seamless that patients will likely find it difficult to point out the false tooth after some time has passed.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Crowns are also a viable option when restoring several teeth throughout the mouth, but cases where one or more teeth that used to appear in a row have been lost are better suited to implant-retained dental bridges. Like the name implies, this modern style of prosthetic “bridges” gaps by anchoring into place over two dental implants – one on either side. The final result is very sturdy and functional while still providing excellent aesthetic quality.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Implant-retained dentures are available for restoring several teeth at once or even an entire arch. Instead of having to place one implant for every lost tooth, we can instead anchor these prosthetics over a small number of strategically angled implants – this makes the reconstructive process much more cost-effective. Depending on a patient’s personal needs, their new “teeth” can be permanently fixed in place or left removable like a traditional denture.
Many general dentistry practices have to refer their patients to separate specialists for the surgical component of their dental implant procedure – but this isn’t the case here at Morgan-Hill Dental Care. Dr. Ted and Dr. Hill both have the specialty training needed to personally perform this important stage of treatment in-house, resulting in maximized convenience. We look forward to personally caring for your smile at every stage of this state-of-the-art transformation!
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
There are several components to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, including:
- The surgical placement of the dental implants themselves
- The potential attachment of abutments (connectors) to the implants
- The style and scope of restoration that is placed over the implant(s) (crown, denture, bridge, etc.)
Because of these various steps that always differ from person to person, it is difficult to provide a cost estimate without first assessing a patient’s oral health needs during an initial consultation. Here at Morgan-Hill Dental Care, we will be happy to provide a comprehensive treatment plan following this appointment that covers all of this important information in crystal-clear detail and helps you feel confident about your smile’s brighter future. Dental implants may seem like an investment at first, but the valuable, lifelong benefits they provide are well worth it.
Dental Implants FAQs
Before you move forward with any tooth replacement treatment, you want to make sure you fully understand your options. We completely agree! In fact, we want you to feel confident in your choice from the beginning to the end of the process. That’s why we’ve provided answers to several common questions about dental implants below. If you have others, don’t hesitate to contact our Gorham office. We’ll be happy to address your concerns and help you find the solution that is right for you.
How long can dental implants last?
Dentures and dental bridges need to be replaced about every 5 to 10 years, because the jaw bone atrophies from lack of stimulation. However, dental implants keep this area vibrant and strong, allowing the restoration placed on top to last much longer. In fact, dental implants are known to last for more than 30 years. With daily brushing and flossing and two yearly visits to Morgan-Hill Dental Care for checkups and cleanings, you can enjoy your artificial teeth for the rest of your life!
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Overall, dental implants in Gorham are very successful. Even 10 years after the implants are placed, 95 percent are still successful. That’s because our dentists have the advanced training and experience necessary to provide positive outcomes for our patients. We also take the time before the procedure to make sure that patients are fully prepared and able to properly support the implant. When you choose to replace your missing teeth with dental implants here at Morgan-Hill Dental Care, you can rest assured with high chances of success.
Do dental implants impact remaining healthy teeth?
Unlike dental bridges and partial dentures, which rely on the surrounding healthy teeth for stability, dental implants are completely independent of the teeth around them. They anchor to the post that becomes integrated with the jaw bone—just like a natural tooth. As a result, dental implants do not negatively affect the surrounding teeth. In fact, they can help strengthen the support for your teeth and prevent future tooth loss by keeping the jaw bone stimulated and strong.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Qualifying for dental implants has two requirements: you must be in good oral health, and you must have sufficient jaw bone to support the implant. If you have gum disease or lack enough jaw bone, for example, the placement procedure will end in failure. Luckily, in both of these cases, our dentists can address the problem to get you into position for dental implants. To know whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, you first need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ted or Dr. Hill. They can evaluate your oral structures and let you know whether these preliminary procedures are necessary and whether dental implants may be right for you. Get started by calling our office today!