Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extractions Lawrence, MA

One of the most common dental procedures is tooth extraction, which may be necessary due to a variety of reasons such as decay, infection, trauma or crowding. Our team of experienced and skilled dental professionals understand the importance of providing comfortable and safe tooth extractions for our patients.
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UNDERSTANDING TOOTH EXTRACTIONS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Periodontal disease is often the leading cause of tooth extraction, and if needed, there are several ways that we can go about the procedure. First and foremost, we will administer a numbing agent to the specific area to minimize any discomfort you may feel. Though you may experience slight pressure during the process, you can otherwise expect a comfortable and relaxed experience. If the tooth has matured and emerged from the gum line, our dentist at Dental Partners Lawrence may use specialized dental instruments to gently wiggle the tooth and remove it from the socket. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned, and gauze will be applied to prevent bleeding during the recovery period. However, if the tooth is impacted or still beneath the gum line, such as with wisdom teeth, oral and maxillofacial surgery may be necessary. During this procedure, we will create an incision in the gums and gently lift the flap to access the impacted tooth. If needed, we may have to remove any bone or tissue that is covering the tooth. In some cases, we may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces for removal. Once the tooth has been successfully removed, we will clean the area thoroughly before placing the flap back down and suturing it in place. Following tooth extraction and bone grafting, a blood clot will form in the socket, and we will use gauze to control any bleeding.

POST-TOOTH EXTRACTION CARE: TIPS FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY

At Dental Partners Lawrence, we prioritize minimizing discomfort and reducing recovery time during tooth extractions. Following the procedure, most patients recover in our office for approximately an hour to ensure that bleeding has sufficiently subsided and any anesthesia has worn off. We advise patients to arrange for a ride home, and to rest and nap as needed once they are back home. During the first few days, drinking plenty of water is crucial, but extreme temperatures should be avoided to prevent sensitivity. Using a straw is not recommended, as it may cause bleeding at the surgical site. Recovery time varies depending on the procedure, but generally, swelling subsides after a few days. To manage swelling, we suggest taking ibuprofen and applying an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time. Soft, nutritious foods are recommended during recovery, and gradually increasing solid food consumption is advised. Oral hygiene is also critical, and brushing teeth while avoiding the surgical site, using mouthwash, and rinsing with water and baking soda are recommended to reduce the risk of infection. We may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery progress.

tooth extractions post care

Importance Of Replacing The Missing Tooth

The significance of replacing a missing tooth cannot be overstated. When a tooth is extracted, the resulting gap can cause neighboring teeth to shift out of place, resulting in misalignment, difficulties with chewing, or jaw-joint issues. Additionally, these misaligned teeth are more challenging to clean, increasing the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, or even further tooth loss. It is therefore crucial to fill the gap with a dental appliance such as a dental bridge, removable partial denture, or dental implant to prevent these issues from occurring.

ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Does a tooth extraction hurt?

Most tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some discomfort and swelling after the extraction.

How long does a tooth extraction take?

The length of a tooth extraction procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case. Simple extractions can take just a few minutes, while more complicated extractions may take up to an hour.

What is the recovery time after a tooth extraction?

The recovery time after a tooth extraction can vary depending on the individual case. In general, it can take a few days to a week to recover fully. During this time, you may experience some swelling, pain, and bleeding.

How do I care for the extraction site after the procedure?

To promote healing and prevent infection, it is essential to follow your dentist’s instructions for caring for the extraction site. This may include applying ice packs, avoiding hard or crunchy foods, and taking prescribed medication as directed.

Is there a dentist near me in Lawrence, MA that offers tooth extractions?

Yes.  At our Lawrence, MA dental office we offer tooth extractions to patients from Lawrence, MA and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Save your tooth with root canal treatment at our Lawrence, MA dental office

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is designed to save a damaged or infected tooth. This treatment has a reputation for being one of the most feared and uncomfortable dental procedures. However, with advancements in modern dentistry and anesthesia techniques, root canal treatment has become a safe, effective, and relatively painless option for preserving your natural teeth. At our Lawrence, MA dental practice, our team of skilled professionals is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and personalized treatment plans to address their unique dental needs.

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What is root canal therapy?

The pulp of a tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, which help to nourish and maintain the health of the tooth. When the pulp becomes damaged or infected due to decay, injury, or trauma, it can cause significant pain, sensitivity, and swelling. In some cases, the infection can even spread to the surrounding teeth and gums, causing further complications.

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that aims to remove the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth, clean and disinfect the root canals, and then fill and seal the space with a material called gutta-percha. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, which ensures that the patient is comfortable throughout the treatment.

After the root canal procedure, the tooth may feel sensitive or tender for a few days, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. In some cases, the dentist may recommend a dental crown or other restorative treatment to help strengthen the tooth and restore its function.

Overall, root canal therapy is an effective and safe treatment option for saving a damaged or infected tooth and preventing the need for extraction. It can help to alleviate pain and discomfort and restore the natural function of the tooth, allowing you to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.

What to expect during root canal treatment

Expect Anesthesia
Patients often express fear of pain during root canals, expecting to feel every step of the procedure. However, anesthesia will be provided by the dentist. Local anesthetic blocks pain signals between the nerves of the tooth and the brain. Although certain stimuli may still be felt, they should not be painful. In some cases, repeated administrations of local anesthetic may be necessary for teeth that are difficult to numb. It’s important to note that pain during a root canal may occur of the tooth is already infected. The pain may be a result of the infection and the actual root canal procedure.

Expect a Strange Barrier Device called a Rubber Dam
The rubber dam is a crucial part of the root canal procedure. It’s a square piece of rubber or non-latex material that the dentist places over the tooth that’s being treated. This barrier device keeps the working field sterile and dry, preventing any bacteria from contaminating the open tooth. It also protects the surrounding gum tissue, cheeks, lips, and tongue from the materials used in the root canal procedure. By using a rubber dam, the dentist can ensure a successful root canal treatment that lasts.

Expect Lots of X-rays
To ensure tools and materials are positioned correctly during a root canal procedure, the dentist will use multiple x-rays. Digital dental x-rays make this step quick and easy. Although some patients may worry about “lots of x-rays,” taking several x-rays from different angles is a normal and necessary part of the procedure. In fact, you might not even notice the x-rays being taken due to the speed and efficiency of digital technology.

Expect Minor Pressure and Scratching Sensations
Local anesthesia can effectively block pain signals, but it cannot block the feeling of pressure. During root canal treatments, patients can still experience movements, pressure, and scratching sensations. It may be difficult to differentiate between these sensations and what can be seen or heard during the procedure. However, you can always ask for more local anesthesia if you feel any pain, to ensure maximum comfort during the treatment.

Expect Moderate Pain after the Procedure
Root canal patients may experience moderate pain after the procedure due to the body’s natural response to inflammation caused by the trauma of dental treatment. Oral antibiotics may be necessary for those with large infections before the procedure, and post-operative pain is usually manageable with over-the-counter medication. In cases of severe pain we can prescribe pain relievers.

More Questions about Root Canals?
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We can answer any question you have about root canals and address any issues unique to your specific situation. We look forward to seeing you.

What are the symptoms or signs that a root canal is needed?

There are several symptoms and signs that indicate a root canal may be needed. These include:

  • Persistent pain: If you experience persistent pain in your tooth, especially when you apply pressure or chew, it could indicate that you need a root canal.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold: If your tooth is sensitive to hot and cold temperatures even after the source of the temperature is removed, this could be a sign of root canal problems.
  • Gum swelling: If the area around the affected tooth is swollen, it could indicate an infection that may require a root canal.
  • Discoloration: A tooth that has darkened or changed color may be a sign that the nerve of the tooth is damaged and a root canal may be necessary.
  • Pus drainage: If you notice pus around the affected tooth, this could indicate an abscess, which often requires a root canal.

If you experience any of these symptoms or signs, it’s important to schedule a consultation with our Lawrence, MA root canal dentist to determine if a root canal is necessary.

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Why is root canal therapy necessary?

When the nerves inside the tooth pulp die, the tooth dentin and enamel can no longer receive organic nutrients and moisture. The inflamed tissue surrounding the tooth causes toothache and infection can damage the bones around the teeth. If the damaged pulp is not treated, bacterial infection and inflammation can loosen the tooth and it may have to be removed. Therefore, root canal therapy is necessary to preserve the tooth and also protect the jawbone.

ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Is a root canal painful?

While root canals have a reputation for being painful, modern techniques and anesthesia make the procedure relatively painless. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but it can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

How long does a root canal take?

The length of a root canal procedure depends on the complexity of the case and how many teeth are being treated. Most root canals can be completed in one to two appointments.

Why do I need a root canal?

You may need a root canal if you have a deep cavity, a cracked tooth, or an injury that has damaged the pulp inside your tooth. If left untreated, this can lead to an abscess or even tooth loss.

Is it necessary to get a crown after a root canal?

In most cases, it is recommended to get a crown after a root canal to protect and strengthen the tooth. A crown can also improve the tooth’s appearance.

How long will a tooth that has had a root canal last?

A tooth that has had a root canal can last for many years with proper care.

Is there a dentist near me in Lawrence, MA that offers root canal treatment?

Yes.  At our Lawrence, MA dental office we offer root canal treatment to patients from Lawrence, MA and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

Removing wisdom teeth, improving your oral health

Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that involves the extraction of one or more wisdom teeth, which are the final set of molars that typically emerge in a person’s late teens or early twenties. While some people may not experience any issues with their wisdom teeth, others may require removal due to various reasons such as impaction, infection, crowding, or decay. This procedure is typically performed by an oral surgeon or a dentist and is considered a routine outpatient surgery. 

What is wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars located at the back of your mouth, usually appearing between the ages of 17 and 25. While these teeth can be useful for chewing and grinding food, they can also cause problems if they do not have enough space to grow properly. Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure that is often recommended to prevent potential issues.

The procedure of wisdom teeth removal involves a minor surgical process to extract the teeth. The process is typically performed by an oral surgeon or a dentist, depending on the complexity of the case. Before the procedure, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the wisdom teeth. In some cases, the dentist will administer laughing gas sedation or general anesthesia to put the patient to sleep during the procedure.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the wisdom teeth and the bone. The teeth are then gently loosened and removed from the sockets. After the extraction is complete, the dentist will place stitches in the gums to promote healing.

It is common to experience some pain and swelling following wisdom teeth removal. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to manage any discomfort and prevent infection. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a smooth and quick recovery.

What to expect during wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a routine dental procedure that involves the extraction of one or more wisdom teeth, the final set of molars that typically emerge in late adolescence or early adulthood. This procedure is often recommended to prevent potential oral health problems, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and overcrowding, that can occur when the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow properly.

Expect Xrays
Before the procedure, the dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of the teeth and gums, and may take X-rays to determine the position and condition of the wisdom teeth. Based on the findings, the dentist will then recommend the best course of action, which may include removal of one or more wisdom teeth.

Expect Anesthesia
During the procedure, the patient will be given anesthesia to ensure comfort and minimize pain. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the patient’s preference and the complexity of the case. Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the area around the wisdom teeth, while laughing gas or general anesthesia may be recommended for patients who prefer to be sedated or asleep during the procedure.

Expect Extraction
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the dentist will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the wisdom teeth and the bone. The teeth are then gently loosened and removed from the sockets using specialized instruments. After the extraction is complete, the dentist will place stitches in the gums to promote healing.

More Questions about Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We can answer any question you have about wisdom teeth removal and address any issues unique to your specific situation. We look forward to seeing you.

What are reasons why wisdom teeth might need removal?

There are several reasons why wisdom teeth might need to be removed. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Lack of space: If there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth to fully emerge, they can become impacted and cause pain or infection.
  • Crowding: Wisdom teeth can push against neighboring teeth, causing crowding, shifting, and damage to adjacent teeth.
  • Angle of growth: If wisdom teeth grow at an angle, they can cause pain, discomfort, and damage to other teeth.
  • Decay and gum disease: Wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Cysts and tumors: In rare cases, cysts or tumors can develop around impacted wisdom teeth, causing pain and potential damage to the jawbone.

If you experience any of these symptoms or signs, it’s important to schedule a consultation with our Lawrence, MA dentist to determine if wisdom teeth extraction is necessary.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth occur when the teeth do not have enough space to grow properly and become stuck or partially emerged in the gum tissue or jawbone. Here is an overview of the symptoms and treatment options for impacted wisdom teeth:

Symptoms:

  • Pain and discomfort in the back of the mouth
  • Swelling and redness of the gums
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Bad breath and unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Headaches and earaches

Treatment:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, it is important to consult with a dentist or oral surgeon. They may recommend removing the impacted teeth to prevent further complications.
  • Prior to the procedure, local or general anesthesia will be administered to ensure your comfort during the process.
  • The teeth will then be gently loosened and removed from the sockets, and stitches may be placed to promote healing.
  • After the procedure, your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to manage any discomfort and prevent infection.

More Questions about Impacted Wisdom teeth?
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We can answer any questions you have about impacted wisdom teeth extraction.

What is pericoronitis and how is it treated?

Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding a partially erupted tooth, most commonly the wisdom teeth. It occurs when bacteria and debris get trapped under the gum flap covering the tooth, leading to infection and swelling. Here is an overview of how pericoronitis is treated:

Symptoms:

  • Pain and tenderness in the affected area
  • Swelling and redness of the gum tissue
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Fever and swollen lymph nodes (in severe cases)

Treatment:

  • The first step in treating pericoronitis is to clean the area thoroughly to remove any debris and bacteria.
  • Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to treat the infection and reduce inflammation.
  • Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen may be recommended to manage pain and discomfort.
  • Warm salt water rinses can help reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • In some cases, the dentist may need to perform a minor surgical procedure to remove the gum flap covering the tooth, allowing it to fully emerge and preventing future episodes of pericoronitis.

Call us at Dental Partners Lawrence if you are experiencing symptoms of pericoronitis. You may need treatment to prevent the infection from spreading and causing further complications.

How can I prepare for wisdom teeth extractions?

Preparing for a wisdom teeth removal procedure can help ensure a smooth and successful surgery and recovery. Here are some tips on how to prepare:

  • Consult with our dentist: Before the procedure, it is important to consult with our dentist to discuss any pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking that may affect the procedure or recovery process.
  • Arrange for transportation: You will likely be under the influence of anesthesia during the procedure and will not be able to drive home. Arrange for someone to drive you to and from the dental office.
  • Plan for downtime: Plan to take a few days off work or school to allow for a proper recovery period.
  • Stock up on supplies: Before the procedure, purchase soft foods such as soup, yogurt, and smoothies, as well as ice packs to help reduce swelling.
  • Follow pre-operative instructions: Your dentist will provide you with instructions on what to do and what to avoid before the procedure. This may include avoiding food and drink for a certain amount of time before the procedure.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you are fully prepared for your wisdom teeth removal procedure and set yourself up for a successful recovery. Schedule a consult with our dentist to determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is necessary.

ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

Can wisdom teeth grow back after they are removed?

No, wisdom teeth cannot grow back once they are removed. The tooth roots are completely extracted, so there is no way for the teeth to regrow.

How many wisdom teeth can be removed at once?

It is possible to remove all four wisdom teeth at once, but the number of teeth removed at once depends on the patient’s overall health, the complexity of the case, and the dentist’s recommendation.

Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

The procedure itself is typically painless due to the use of anesthesia. However, some discomfort and swelling are common following the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with instructions on how to manage any discomfort.

Can you eat after wisdom teeth removal?

It is recommended to wait a few hours after the procedure before eating or drinking anything. Soft, cold foods like yogurt, applesauce, and ice cream are typically recommended during the first few days of recovery.

Is there a dentist near me in Lawrence, MA that offers wisdom teeth removal?

Yes.  At our Lawrence, MA dental office we offer wisdom teeth removal to patients from Lawrence, MA and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Protect your teeth and restore your natural smile

Are you tired of hiding your smile due to missing or damaged teeth? Look no further than dental crowns and bridges! These cosmetic dental procedures offer a permanent solution to restore your smile and boost your confidence. Whether you’re dealing with decay, injury, or simply looking to enhance your appearance, dental crowns and bridges can provide a natural-looking and durable solution. Read on to learn more about how these procedures can transform your smile and improve your oral health.

WHY DO YOU NEED A DENTAL CROWN?

In the past, you may have had fillings to repair your teeth therefore you may wonder why you require an onlay or crown this time? Both of these options are an ideal way to restore teeth that have large, old restorations that can’t be repaired. Dental crowns also help to strengthen teeth after root canal therapy. These restorations are also recommended to restore a tooth that has been fractured or extensively damaged by decay in a way that a filling can’t fix.

Crowns are designed to adhere to your remaining tooth structure and cover your tooth like a cap. This allows it to encase the entire tooth, so you can eat, chew, brush, and floss with ease again.

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WHY DO YOU NEED A DENTAL BRIDGE?

Missing teeth look unattractive, undermine your self-confidence, and make speaking and chewing uncomfortable. A bridge is a solution for replacing one or multiple missing teeth that are adjacent. It relies on adjacent teeth as anchors for one or more prosthetic teeth in the middle. These teeth support the bridge which will restore the lost function and aesthetics.

There are benefits when choosing a dental bridge such as:
• A bridge is a fixed, long-term solution that can be a better choice for some patients than an appliance that is removable.
• A bridge prevents teeth from drifting into the empty space
• A bridge is a great alternative when we can’t utilize a dental implant.

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What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?

Dental crowns generally have a uniform structure, but the various types of dental bridges exhibit distinct variations in their structure. At present, four different types of dental bridges are available: traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported. The traditional dental bridge is composed of two dental crowns utilized as anchors with a fake tooth or teeth placed in the middle, making it one of the most widely used types of dental bridges. Similarly, a cantilever bridge utilizes an anchor crown only on one adjacent tooth to the missing tooth. Due to the potential excessive strain on the anchor tooth, cantilever bridges are usually not recommended, although they may be necessary towards the back of the mouth. A Maryland dental bridge, like a traditional dental bridge, employs the same structure, but instead of dental crowns, it employs a metal framework attached to the backs of the two teeth on either side of the gap. Finally, an implant-supported dental bridge is identical in structure to a traditional bridge, but with dental implants serving as the anchor teeth.

What Types of Dental Crowns Are Available?

Although the structure of dental crowns remains consistent, the materials used to make them can vary significantly. Dental crowns are typically made from stainless steel, metal, porcelain fused to metal, all-resin, or all-ceramic/all-porcelain materials. Stainless steel crowns are commonly used in children on baby teeth or as temporary crowns, while metal crowns made from gold, platinum, or base metal alloys are a more common choice for permanent crowns. Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns feature a metal base with a ceramic exterior, which provides both strength and a natural appearance. All-resin crowns are made from dental composite resin and can be color-matched to your teeth, while all-ceramic/all-porcelain crowns offer a stronger alternative to all-resin and can also be matched to the natural color of your teeth.

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How Is a Dental Crown or Bridge Placed

Placing a dental crown or bridge requires two appointments. During the initial appointment, dental impressions will be taken, and your tooth or teeth will be prepared. Dental impressions are critical in creating a mold of your mouth that will be sent to a dental laboratory. The dental laboratory will use this information to create a custom-made dental crown or bridge. Your tooth or teeth will also need to be prepared for the placement of a crown or bridge. To accomplish this, your mouth will first be numbed to ensure your comfort. The decayed tissue is then removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped. This process will need to be repeated for each tooth that is receiving a dental crown. Once the tooth is shaped, a temporary crown or bridge will be installed to protect the teeth while the permanent restoration is being fabricated.

Upon completion of the permanent restoration, you will return to our office for a second appointment. During this second visit, the temporary crown or bridge will be removed, and your teeth will be cleaned before placing the permanent restoration.

ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES

How long do dental crowns last?

The lifespan of dental crowns varies depending on the material used, proper care, and oral hygiene. Generally, dental crowns can last between 5 to 15 years or longer.

How long do dental bridges last?

With proper care, dental bridges can last up to 10 to 15 years or more, depending on the type of bridge, the materials used, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits.

How do I care for my dental crown or bridge?

To care for your dental crown, you should brush twice a day, floss daily, use an antibacterial mouthwash, and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups.

Are dental crowns painful to get?

 

Getting a dental crown typically involves some mild discomfort, but your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the area and make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Can anyone get a dental crown or bridge?

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental crown or bridge. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and determine if a dental crown is the best treatment option for you.

Is there a dentist near me in Lawrence, MA that offers dental crowns and bridges?

Yes.  At our Lawrence, MA dental office we offer dental crowns and bridges to patients from Lawrence, MA and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants Lawrence, MA

Missing teeth don’t have to be a permanent problem – dental implants can help

Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry, offering a permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth, providing patients with a comfortable and reliable solution to tooth loss. Whether you’ve lost teeth due to injury, decay, or other factors, dental implants can restore your smile, improve your oral health, and enhance your quality of life.

Dental implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth

Missing teeth can cause a range of dental issues, from difficulty chewing and speaking to bone loss in the jaw and shifting of surrounding teeth. While there are several options available for replacing missing teeth, dental implants are widely considered to be the most effective solution.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed directly into the jawbone, providing a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth. This procedure involves minor surgery, during which a small titanium post is placed into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root. Once the post is in place, a natural-looking dental crown is attached to the top, completing the restoration of the missing tooth.

One of the main benefits of dental implants is their durability and longevity. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. They also offer superior comfort and stability, as they are anchored directly into the jawbone, allowing for a more natural look and feel. Additionally, dental implants can help to preserve the jawbone by stimulating bone growth, which can prevent further bone loss and maintain the structure of the face.

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth that can improve both the function and appearance of your smile.

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Dental Implant Options

single tooth dental implant

Single Dental Implants

Single dental implants are an effective solution for replacing a single missing tooth. After the implant has integrated with the jawbone, a custom-made crown is attached to the post, creating a natural-looking and functional replacement tooth. Single dental implants not only restore the aesthetics of a missing tooth, but also improve the functionality of the mouth and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.

implant supported denture top

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a popular and effective solution for those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on suction or adhesives to stay in place, implant-supported dentures are anchored to dental implants, providing a stable and secure fit. This innovative dental treatment offers patients a range of benefits, including improved speech, enhanced comfort, and greater confidence when eating, smiling, and speaking.

implant supported bridge

Implant Supported Bridge

Fixed dental bridges with dental implants offer an effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. This type of restoration uses dental implants as the foundation for a bridge of two or more artificial teeth, creating a stable and long-lasting solution for tooth loss.

entire upper and lower prosthetic teeth

Full Mouth Dental Implants

Also known as full arch dental implants offer a comprehensive solution for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. The procedure involves the placement of multiple dental implants throughout the entire upper or lower jaw, providing a sturdy foundation for a customized set of replacement teeth. Full mouth dental implants can dramatically improve oral function, enhance your appearance, and restore your self-confidence. 

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What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

Improve Oral Health

  • Preservation of natural teeth
  • Reduced risk of gum disease

Enhanced Appearance

  • Natural-looking and permanent solution
  • Improved speech and comfort

Improved Bone Health

  • Stimulation of natural bone growth
  • Prevention of bone loss and deterioration

Improved Function and Convenience

  • Restored ability to eat properly
  • Elimination the need for dentures

Improved Overall Health

  • Improved nutrition and digestion
  • Reduced risk of health issues associated with missing teeth

Improved Speech

  • Allows clear and confident speech
  • No slipping or moving unlike dentures

Am I a good candidate for Dental Implants?

Good overall health: To ensure the success of dental implant surgery, it’s crucial that you are in good overall health. This means that you should not have any underlying health conditions that could interfere with the healing process, such as diabetes or heart disease.

Healthy gums and jawbone: Dental implants rely on a certain amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone for success. If you have advanced gum disease or significant bone loss in your jaw, it may not be possible to support an implant properly, making you an unsuitable candidate.

A commitment to oral hygiene: Like your natural teeth, dental implants require regular care and maintenance to ensure longevity. If you are committed to practicing good oral hygiene and taking care of your implants, you may be a suitable candidate for the procedure.

The most effective way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation with our experienced implant dentist in Lawrence, MA. During your consultation, we will assess your individual needs and provide you with personalized recommendations to help you restore your smile.

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The Advantages of Implants Over Traditional Dentures

Dental implants have several advantages over traditional dentures. First and foremost, dental implants provide a permanent solution for tooth loss. Unlike dentures that may slip or cause discomfort, implants are anchored into the jawbone, providing stability and a natural feel. This means that patients can speak, eat, and smile with confidence, without worrying about their dentures shifting or falling out.

Another advantage of dental implants is that they help to preserve the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw can begin to deteriorate over time. Dental implants mimic the natural tooth root and stimulate the bone, promoting growth and preventing further deterioration. This can help to maintain the shape and structure of the face, ensuring that patients look and feel their best.

Lastly, dental implants are more durable than traditional dentures. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime, while dentures may need to be replaced every few years. This means that dental implants are a long-term investment in a patient’s oral health and overall wellbeing. Overall, dental implants offer a permanent, stable, and durable solution for tooth loss, with numerous advantages over traditional dentures.

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ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DENTAL IMPLANTS

Are dental implants painful?

Are dental implants painful? Most patients report experiencing little to no pain during the dental implant procedure.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and adequate bone density to support the implant.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution for tooth loss. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

Can dental implants be removed?

Dental implants can be removed, but it is not recommended unless absolutely necessary. This process can be complicated and may require additional surgery.

Does dental insurance cover dental implants?

Most dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of dental implants. However, some plans may cover a portion of the cost, depending on the plan and the individual’s circumstances.

Can smoking affect dental implants?

Smoking can have a negative impact on dental implants’ success rate. Smoking can increase the risk of infection and hinder the healing process.

Can dental implants be done in a single day?

In some cases, dental implants can be completed in a single day. However, this is not always possible, and it depends on the individual’s needs and circumstances.

Are there any alternatives to dental implants?

There are several alternatives to dental implants, including dentures and dental bridges. However, these options may not be as long-lasting or effective as dental implants.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants is very high, with a success rate of over 95%. Factors that can affect the success rate include a patient’s overall health, the location of the implant, and the skill of the dental professional.

Is there an age limit for getting dental implants?

There is no age limit for dental implants. As long as a patient has healthy gums and sufficient bone density, they may be a suitable candidate for dental implants.

Is there a dentist near me in Lawrence, MA that offers dental implants?

Yes.  At our Lawrence, MA dental office we offer dental implants to patients living in Lawrence, MA and the surrounding area.  Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.