Dental Implants in Somersworth
What is a Dental Implant?
Godfrey Dentistry provides dental implant restorations in Somersworth, NH. Call 603-692-2045 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants have become the gold standard. Implants are the only solution that addresses tooth loss above and below the gum line and they provide a stable base of support for a high quality restoration. Unlike other options for missing teeth, dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw and restore almost all of your original bite strength. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
While most patients are candidates for implant restorations, they are not right for everyone. When you meet with Dr. Godfrey for your consultation, he will go over your medical and dental histories and examine your mouth to determine whether dental implants are a fit for you. Patients who have underlying health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure, or active oral health issues like gum disease will need to have these conditions under control in order to have dental implant placement surgery. If you’ve suffered jawbone loss, a sinus lift or bone grafting may be needed prior to your implant procedure.
We offer the following implant restorations at Bracken Godfrey Dentistry in Somersworth:
Single Tooth Dental Implants
A single tooth dental implant involves an implant to replace the root, a dental crown to replace the visible portion of your missing tooth, and an abutment piece to connect the two. The biocompatible titanium implant post is placed in the jawbone, then a healing cap or cover screw is placed over the implant, allowing it time to heal. When your dental implant and jawbone have fused together to create a stable foundation for a restoration, the cap is removed and your crown is attached to the implant.
SIngle Dental Implant
An implant-supported bridge is used when multiple adjacent teeth are missing. A dental implant replaces each of the two outermost missing teeth and these implants are used to hold a custom-made bridge in place, resulting in a restoration that looks natural and restores your bite strength.
Implant-supported dentures can be fixed or removable and full or partial. A removable implant-supported denture is often known as a snap-in denture. Implant-supported denture restorations offer patients a better experience than traditional dentures because they fit more comfortably, produce a stronger bite, and don’t pinch or slip.
Full Arch With Only 4 Implants
This innovative implant solution involves replacing a complete upper or lower arch of teeth with a high quality fixed restoration that is supported by only four dental implants. This procedure can often be completed in a single day.
SIngle Dental Implant
Digital Dental Implant Guided Surgery
Using CBCT scans and restorative virtual treatment planning, along with specialized training, we are able to provide guided implant placement for our patients.
Using a virtual 3-D model or a physical model, implant placements and the following restorative work can be simulated to create the ideal patient treatment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Are dental implants worth it?
Yes, dental implants are worth the investment. They are stable, durable, and the most natural option for replacing missing teeth. They’re also the only solution that can prevent and even reverse bone loss in the jaw.
Are you put to sleep for dental implants?
You are not given IV sedation for dental implants, but we have other forms of sedation to help you relax during your procedure.
Do teeth implants hurt?
Local anesthetic is used to numb the area where Dr. Godfrey is placing your implant, so you won’t experience any pain during the procedure. Afterwards, you are likely to experience some swelling and tenderness at the surgical site. This is typically mild and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Yes, there are some types of dental implant procedures that can be completed in a single appointment, but they are not a fit for every patient. If you are a candidate for one of these procedures, we will let you know when you come in for a consultation.
Can you get a temporary tooth while waiting for an implant restoration?
Many patients have anxiety about getting dental implants because they worry about having to be without a tooth for a period of time. Rest assured, there are temporary restorations that can be used to replace your tooth while you wait for your permanent implant restoration.
Call 603-692-2045 to schedule your appointment.