When one or more natural teeth have been lost, significant consequences for the patient’s health, oral function, and overall quality of life are likely to follow close behind. That’s why Dr. Frank Michitti recommends replacement as soon as possible, and patients in need can find multiple quality options here at Lifetime Dental. The clear frontrunner is dental implants, which are the closest to your original teeth in structure, strength, and appearance. In fact, most patients can’t even distinguish the teeth in their smile that have been replaced by implants from the genuine article after some time has passed. Contact our dental office today to schedule your first consultation to discuss dental implants in Agawam, MA and regain the complete, proud smile you deserve.
There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth using dental implants that have made this the ideal tooth replacement option. Some of the most important benefits include:
If you’re interested in choosing dental implants in Agawam & Feeding Hills as your reconstructive solution, the first step in the process will be to attend a consultation with Dr. Michitti. After determining that your current oral health, level of time commitment, and budget are all a good fit for implants, we will need to schedule their surgical placement. While many general dentists have to refer their patients to outside specialists for this procedure, Michitti has undergone extensive training in implant placement and can perform the service right here in-house for a more convenient and comfortable experience.
Once the new implants are securely within the jawbone, they will begin to form a strong bond with the natural tissue, essentially creating a foundation for replacement teeth. Herein lies the secret behind the success of dental implants – by replacing the “root” of the tooth in addition to the white, visible crown, patients can enjoy improved oral health and a stronger, more capable smile overall.
Several options are available for this procedure, and our recommendation will depend on the number of teeth that need replacement and the patient’s personal preferences. They include:
The cost of dental implants varies from case to case due to the number and position of missing teeth, materials used, the manufacturer, and many other factors. In order to offer a realistic and accurate estimate of the cost of dental implants, we need to schedule a tooth replacement consultation where we can examine your smile and walk you through every step of the process, including the price of treatment. Some of the variables that may change the cost of your implant tooth replacement plan include:
While insurance doesn’t usually cover the cost of implants and their placement, it will provide coverage for other parts of the implant process, including replacement teeth and preparatory services. Our knowledgeable team will help you to make sure any available benefits are utilized.
Before beginning any advanced dental treatment, you’ll have questions, and Dr. Michitti and his team are always happy to help. You can also get the answers to some of the most frequently asked dental implant questions by clicking the link below. If you don’t see your question or you’re ready to find out more, it’s time to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with our dedicated dentist and team.
Dental implant posts can be made from a variety of materials. The most commonly used metal is titanium. This high quality material is extremely biocompatible, so titanium is often used in repairing bones after complex fractures. The use of titanium has been tested by medical and dental professionals and proven to be effective. Other metals have less testing and fewer success stories, but in the future, there may be other options that equal or surpass titanium as the ideal solution. In the meantime, most dentists recommend titanium implant post.
Dental implants are inserted into the gum line. Once in place, the implant post will fuse with the gums and bone tissue, mimicking the function of lost tooth roots. Three to six months after implantation, your dental implant post will seamlessly support replacement teeth and maintain oral health and function.
Any patient missing one or more teeth may be a candidate for dental implant supported tooth replacement. The ideal candidate will be relatively healthy, have good oral health, and be able to dedicate the time and funds to completing the process.
Dental implants are restored in two treatment phases. During the initial phase, we’ll surgically place the dental implants posts. Following the surgical placement of dental implants, you’ll need to wait three to six months before we can begin the second part of your treatment. During this waiting period, your dental implant post will fully fuse with the supportive tooth structures. Then, you’ll return for the second phase of treatment – the creation and placement of your replacement teeth. The entire process can take as long as a year for some patients, but in the end, you’ll have a fully repaired smile that will last a lifetime.
Dental implants, with proper care, can last for two or more decades without the need for repair or replacement. In fact, many patients keep their custom implant supported tooth replacement prosthetic for their entire lifetime.
Directly following your dental implant placement, you’ll receive a special set of post-operative care instructions. Once the entire implant placement and restoration process is complete, your dental hygiene at home will largely go back to normal. You’ll need to brush for at least two minutes at a time twice a day and floss daily. If you have a more complex implant supported fixed bridge or denture, we may encourage you to use a specialized flossing tool or water flosser to ensure you fully remove any plaque buildup around the gums. For the first few years following your dental implant restoration, we may recommend you visit our dental office three or more times each year for checkups. This simply ensures there are no complications, and your dental implant will remain in place for life.
Dental implants have a 95 to 98% success rate, depending on the age range of the patients. Patients under the age of 60 have a 98% success rate, and those over 60 have a 95% success rate. Still, 2 to 5% of dental implants fail. The key to ensuring your implant remains firmly in place is finding a skilled dentist like Dr. Michitti to place and restore your implant, carefully following your post-operative instructions, and keeping up with your oral hygiene in our dental office and at home.
Dental implants are still not covered by most dental insurance plans. Luckily, you will still receive coverage for other aspects of your treatment, including: