Dental Implants – Longmeadow, MA

Root-to-Crown Replacement Means Longer-Lasting Smiles

Model of the jaw with two dental implants in Longmeadow

At Flagship Dental Group, we may not place dental implants, but we do work closely with local specialists who ensure high success rates and long-lasting results. When the idea of dentures or dental bridges doesn’t seem like something you want to pursue, dental implants are an ideal choice, especially if you want to avoid years of out-of-pocket costs for denture adhesives, replacements, and adjustments. Call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kelliher or Dr. Foerster for dental implants in Longmeadow.

Why Choose Flagship Dental Group for Dental Implants?

  • We Work with Highly-Skilled and Experienced Surgeons
  • Personalized Treatment Plans to Meet Patients’ Needs
  • Your Dental Insurance Is Welcome

What Are Dental Implants?

Illustrated dental implant with dental crown and abutment

When looking at a dental implant, you might think it looks more like a screw than a tooth root, but the reality is that titanium fuses well with bone, so it delivers the same result but looks vastly different. As a reliable prosthetic that provides stimulation to the jawbone to avoid shrinkage or facial collapse, it is capable of treating all types of tooth loss and can support a dental crown, bridge, or denture for 30+ years.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

Illustrated dental implant being placed in the lower jaw

No dental implant treatment plan is exactly the same, but the process that is required is. Consisting of four unique steps, you can expect that you’ll need to follow this outline to achieve a full, complete smile:

  • Initial Dental Implant Consultation – A discussion will occur with a member of our team who will go over your medical history and determine if you need any type of preparatory care before receiving dental implants. We’ll also examine your jawbone density to determine if you need bone grafting.
  • Dental Implant Surgery – When ready, we’ll refer you to a local implant dentist who will place the corresponding number of implant posts into your jawbone. This will allow for a firm foundation so that your customized restoration will securely remain in place.
  • Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment – You’ll be required to spend the next 4-6 months recovering, allowing osseointegration to occur. After your jawbone and implants fuse and heal completely, you will have your metal abutments put into place so that the restorations properly connect to your implants.
  • Delivery of Dental Implant Restoration(s) – Using impressions taken of your smile, lab technicians will create your custom restoration. When ready, our team will position and secure the crown, bridge, or denture on top so that you can begin to use your new smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Senior dental patient admiring her smile in a mirror

Dental bridges and dentures cannot offer the same type of benefits as dental implants. Only these permanent prosthetics can remain in place for 30+ years and offer optimal stability and durability. Not to mention, they also restore nearly 80% bite force, making it much easier to consume your favorite foods. Dental implants are also easy to clean and require no specialized instruments, so you can maintain better oral health year after year.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

Dentist showing a dental implant model to a patient

The success rate of dental implants is around 95-98%, which means individuals suffering from tooth loss can expect lasting results. But who can take advantage of this superior form of tooth replacement? Most adults who are missing one, multiple, or an entire row of teeth can achieve a complete smile with dental implants. While a scheduled consultation must first occur, our team will decide whether you can proceed with implant surgery or if you require preliminary treatments to ensure better results.

Missing One Tooth

Illustrated dental crown being placed onto a dental implant

If you do not wish to remain one of the 120 million Americans who are living with one missing tooth, we can fill in the gap with a single dental implant. Using one titanium post, a metal abutment, and a customized crown, we can help you avoid altering your natural teeth and instead, treat only the vacant socket so that you can resume life as normal with a complete smile.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Illustrated dental bridge being placed onto two dental implants

While a fixed bridge requires that your missing teeth be consecutive, we can treat large gaps with the help of an implant bridge or implant partial. If two or more teeth are missing, we can place two dental implant posts at the ends of the gap before securing a bridge into place. We can do the same for a partial, but it will look more like a puzzle piece that neatly fits into place.

Missing All of Your Teeth

Illustrated full denture being placed onto six dental implants

An entire arch of missing teeth can easily be treated with the help of 4-6 implant posts and a customized denture. Placed along the jawbone, the posts will serve as a foundation for your new teeth that will be secured to the metal abutments. This allows for improved eating habits and a longer-lasting smile.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Man smiling at dental office receptionist

Versatility, longevity, functionality, and stability are all reasons that dental implants are considered to be far superior to more traditional tooth replacement options. It is also why they tend to be more expensive. However, we cannot foretell how much your dental implant treatment will cost until we see you for a scheduled consultation. Based on various factors that our team will determine during your appointment, you can expect that we will work with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits or discuss alternative options to keep your out-of-pocket expenses as low as possible.