If you are dealing with tooth loss and feel like you're alone, you should know that it's a much more common issue than you might realize. Millions of people in the US have missing teeth that detract from their appearance, comfort, and quality of life.
If you need to replace missing teeth, Dr. Danielle Leonardi offers modern dental implants for Goffstown patients that look, function, and feel like a real tooth. Dental implants will restore your ability to eat, speak, and chew comfortably so you can smile with confidence again.
How Dental Implants Work
A dental implant consists of an implant post, abutment, and tooth restoration. The implant post is placed in your jaw, and after it heals, Dr. Leonardi adds an abutment that attaches the tooth crown to the implant in your jaw.
We can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, and depending on your needs, the restoration may be a crown, bridge, or hybrid denture designed to blend seamlessly into your smile.
Getting a Dental Implant
Once Dr. Leonardi determines that you are a good candidate for one or more implants, the first step is to have the titanium post implanted in your jaw. Titanium is the same material that has been used safely in joint replacements for decades. It is biocompatible, which means the material is easily accepted by the body.
As it heals, the implant will fuse naturally with the bone and tissue around it, a process that makes the implant every bit as strong and stable as a real tooth root. It takes three to six months for healing to be complete, and then Dr. Leonardi will attach the tooth restoration that lets you chew comfortably and smile confidently again.
Why Choose a Dental Implant?
A dental implant post does a lot more than just hold prosthetic teeth in place. It actually does the work of the lost tooth root because it helps stimulate healthy bone growth in your jaw.
If you don't replace the root, the jawbone starts to break down, leading to loosening of neighboring teeth and causing a sunken facial appearance that gives you an aged look. Over time, the jaw continues to deteriorate, and you may even experience the loss of additional teeth.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
With diligent oral care, the implant post in your jaw can last a lifetime. This requires a strong commitment on your part to brush at least twice a day, floss once, and visit us every six months for exams and teeth cleanings.
Since the dental implant is stabilized in your jaw by gum tissue, its longevity relies on excellent gum health. Gum disease is the biggest threat to the stability of your implant, but our dental team will provide all the guidance, support, and information you need to keep your gums and implant in great condition.
Choosing the Right Tooth Restoration
For patients who are missing a single tooth, Dr. Leonardi would recommend a crown to restore it. For two or more teeth in the same area of your mouth, we offer implant bridges.
If you're missing all teeth in your upper arch, lower arch, or both, we recommend hybrid dentures. Using as few as four dental implants, we can secure your full dentures firmly in place. You won't face typical problems like shifting or moving dentures that cause pain and lead to embarrassing moments.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you would like to see if you are a good candidate, call our Goffstown, NH dental office to schedule an appointment.