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For patients who are serious about treating their tooth loss, the only solution they should be interested in is dental implants. This is the sole treatment that restores an entire tooth both above and below the gum line to provide unmatched aesthetics, stability, and durability compared to any other replacement. At Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry, Dr. Shevchenko can use dental implant restorations to help patients with any amount of missing teeth, enabling them to reclaim their oral health and confidence at the same time.

Why Choose Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry for Dental Implants?

  • Restorations specially-made for each patient
  • Highly-trained & experienced dentist
  • Look great & able to last a lifetime

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a safe and reliable method of treatment designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Versatile in its ability to provide patients with a single dental crown, implant bridge, or implant-retained denture, these titanium posts are surgically placed into the jawbone and offer greater permanence, functionality, durability, and improved oral health. Unlike traditional restorative methods that restore the look of a person’s smile, dental implants replicate the entire tooth structure from the root up.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • A dental implant actually uses a small titanium post placed into the jawbone to restore the root structure of a tooth, and this serves as the base for a restoration that shows above the gum line. Because they are anchored within the thick jawbone, patients are able to eat whatever they like without worrying about their implant slipping or breaking.
  • We top our dental implants with 100% porcelain restorations, meaning they completely blend with the rest of the smile to create a natural appearance.
  • Dental implants are able to stop and even reverse the jawbone loss that is common after tooth loss. This not only helps maintain the foundation for the remaining teeth but the overall shape of a patient’s face as well.
  • While regular bridges and dentures typically need to be replaced every 5-7 years, dental implants typically last for an average of 30+ years.

Indications for Dental Implants

Dental implants can be paired with a variety of restorations in order to bring back any amount of missing teeth. Dr. Shevchenko will help you figure out which of the following options is best for your particular situation:

Missing One Tooth

Instead of filing down two healthy teeth to support a bridge, a single implant-supported crown can be fitted neatly between the remaining teeth without disturbing them at all. This is a less invasive approach that better preserves a patient’s natural smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Just two implant roots can be used to support a bridge that holds up to 4 replacement teeth in a row. Implant bridges have a much better hold compared to traditional ones. Plus, they don’t have that telling black line near the gums as well.

Missing All of Your Teeth

All it takes is just 4-6 implants to replace several teeth at the same time. Once in the jawbone, a denture can simply snap onto the implants using ball-joints or a metal bar. Implant-retained dentures can even be designed as permanently fixed so that patients don’t ever have to take them out for cleaning, creating a replacement that more closely resembles real teeth.

Partners with the Best

In order for dental implants to be placed into the jawbone, a patient must first undergo minor surgery. For this step of the process, we will refer them to one of our partnered specialists. Our network of oral surgeons and periodontists consists of doctors who have each performed the placement procedure literally thousands of times, meaning our patients are guaranteed to get results they can rely on for a lifetime to come. Once the patient has healed from their placement, Dr. Shevchenko will top the implants with brand new teeth at a follow-up appointment.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

As touched on above, implants can be used to support different kinds of restorations designed to replace varying numbers of teeth, and because of this, there is no actual fixed price for the procedure. The number of implants, the type of restoration, and even the location of the missing teeth can all make the treatment more or less expensive. For instance, restoring front teeth tends to cost more than back teeth due to there being less available bone and more aesthetic concerns.

While implants can be a sizeable investment in your smile, they more than pay for themselves as time goes by. Able to last for 30+ years or even longer, a patient with a traditional bridge or denture would have to completely redo their treatment on multiple occasions during that time, dramatically compounding the lower initial cost. Overall, implant patients usually end up saving thousands because of their low maintenance needs!

Dental Implant FAQs

Choosing to replace your missing teeth is a significant step. You should carefully consider your options before moving forward. As the most comprehensive choice for tooth replacement, dental implants are also the most complex. Even with all of this valuable information, you may still have questions about this revolutionary treatment. Below you’ll find additional information that can help you determine whether dental implants are right for you.

How successful are dental implants?

In a strong majority of cases, dental implants are placed and restored successfully. In fact, they are about 98 percent successful even 10 years after placement! How do we get such great results? Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko works with specialists in the area, who are surgical experts at the complex placement procedure. Then, once you’ve healed properly, we provide custom-made, durable restorations that stand the test of time.

What can cause implant failure?

Although rare, implant failure can occur. If you have an untreated oral infection, such as gum disease, or if you don’t have sufficient bone density in your jaw, an implant can fail to integrate with the bone properly. Luckily, Dr. Shevchenko is very thorough to make sure that you are in good oral health and that you get any preparatory procedures done before the implants are placed. That way, you have the best chances of success.

How can I make my implants last?

Over time, dental implants can come loose or fail—usually as a result of improper care. Although dental implants are not real teeth, you need to treat them as you would your natural ones. That means you need to brush and floss and visit our Hampton office twice every year for checkups. If you do these simple things, there’s no reason why your implants can’t last 30 years or longer!

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants may be the a viable replacement option for you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You’re missing one or more teeth.
  • You are in good oral health.
  • You have enough jaw bone to support implants.

The best way to know whether you qualify for this replacement option is to have a consultation with Dr. Shevchenko. She can evaluate you and help you determine whether this treatment is right for you. So, if you want to enjoy a fully functional, long-lasting smile again, contact our team at Smiles By The Sea in Hampton, New Hampshire, and we’ll schedule your consultation.

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