A member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr. Albert St. Germain has received advanced training in implant dentistry from respected institutions like the Engel Institute and the Pankey Institute. That is good news for you, if you are one of the millions of Americans whose lives have been disrupted by tooth loss as an adult. At Merrimack Valley Dental Care, we know that this is an issue that can adversely impact a patient’s health, appearance, self-esteem, quality of life and more. Accordingly, for anyone living without a complete set of teeth, we’d like to tell you about the advantages of restorative dentistry and dental implants in particular. Keep reading to see a few of the commonly asked questions, along with our answers, then call us at 603-718-3063 to begin your own transformative journey at our Nashua NH dentist’s office.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Here’s the simple explanation: dental implants are small rods, typically made of titanium, that resemble a screw. They are surgically inserted into your jaw and attached to replacement teeth to create a resilient new smile.
Once implants have been inserted, they immediately begin to merge with the bone in your jaw and act as the roots of your teeth, which ensures that you don’t fall victim to bone and gum tissue loss in the future.
Is The Surgery Painful?
No. Unlike some dentists who outsource dental implant placement to an oral surgeon, Dr. St. Germain performs both implant placement and restoration in our office. Even if you are especially sensitive, our team will do everything possible to make it a pain-free and pleasant experience for you. No matter which dental implants procedure you opt for, you can count on remiaining comfortable with our fluffy pillows and blankets, and dental sedation offerings.
What Kind Of Implants Are Available?
At our office, we offer single implants that allow us to replace individual missing teeth; implant-anchored dentures; implant-supported bridges; as well as the Teeth in a Day® protocol, which allows you to receive implants and replacement teeth in a single day, enough to support an entire arch of teeth.
Are Dental Implants Comfortable?
Absolutely. In fact, our implants are crafted to feel like your natural teeth. The artificial tooth, or crown, is custom-made to fit your mouth. It will be the right size, shape, and color to blend in with the rest of your teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Our dental implants are designed to last for decades, perhaps even a lifetime, but they will require some maintenance, just like your real teeth. With any luck, you’ll get to look younger AND live longer, when we are through with your treatment.
Will Implants Work For Me?
We hope so. But that all depends. The ideal candidates for dental implant surgery are folks who are in good health overall. Your jaw bone must also be thick and tall enough to support the implant. Every situation is unique, which is why we will need to explore your options in greater detail when you are here for your preliminary examination.