When it comes to tooth replacement, nothing can fully replicate your natural tooth exactly. However, the incredible durability of titanium combined with natural and long-lasting porcelain makes dental implants feel nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. Once your dental implant is placed, Dr. Arakelian can restore it with a custom-made crown or similar restoration that truly feels as natural as it looks. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment and its many benefits, give our office a call!
Dental implants consist of three components. These include the titanium implant post, the porcelain crown that sits on top, and the abutment that connects the two components together. Because the titanium post integrates with existing bone tissue, much like other medical implantations, it effectively becomes part of your jaw and oral structures. Thanks to this integration, your replacement tooth feels almost identical to your previous tooth, making it easy to enjoy the foods you love without worry of your tooth shifting out of place, loosening, or affecting your diet.
Furthermore, dental implants are clinically proven to last longer than any other tooth replacement when practicing proper care at home. Even after 10 years of use, their success rate reaches between 95 and 98%! They can easily last a lifetime with only minimal maintenance from a dentist, which cannot be said for bridges or dentures.
When it comes to versatility, dental implants offer a wide range of options for every type of patient. Whether you’ve just lost a tooth or you’ve been relying on an uncomfortable denture for too long, dental implants can restore your confidence in smiling and eating with friends and family.
Single teeth are replaced via a single titanium implant and one porcelain crown. After carefully monitoring the implant’s healing, we’ll attach an abutment to the implant, allow additional healing, then place the restoration.
If you have multiple consecutive missing teeth, a dental bridge can be custom-made to attach to dental implants. Instead of removing existing tooth enamel to hold the bridge, two implants are placed on either end to hold the three or four-crown restoration.
Whether you need a full or partial, fixed, or removable denture, implants can be used to hold it in place. By placing a series of implants (generally four to six) throughout the jaw, we can effectively replace an entire row of teeth seamlessly!
Dr. Arakelian works with some of the finest oral surgeons in Haverhill in order to ensure that the long-term success of your dental implant treatment is set in stone. After having a consultation at his office, you’ll be referred to a trusted specialist to have the actual implants placed. Upon completion, you’ll come back to our office where we will examine your implants and confirm that they are healing properly. This includes taking digital X-rays to monitor how the implant is integrating with your bone tissue.
Since dental implants can be customized in a number of ways and patients all have their own unique needs, the cost of your treatment may vary dramatically compared to someone else. For example, if you need preparatory treatments like bone grafts, periodontal therapy, sinus lifts, or similar treatments to make implants feasible, these will increase your total cost. Furthermore, bigger restorations like 3-unit implant-retained bridges will always be more expensive than single, implant-retained crowns.
With that said, dental implants are considered a long-term investment, which is why dentists often recommend them for replacing teeth. They do not require the routine maintenance that bridges and dentures do, even though these traditional options don’t offer the same benefits. This is important to consider when factoring in long-term costs.
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