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Dental Implants – Medfield, MA

Rebuilding Medfield Smiles

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you have plenty of options these days – such as dentures and dental bridges – that can give you a lifelike smile. However, only one solution is able to feel as natural as it looks, and that solution is dental implants. As a highly experienced dental implant dentist in Medfield, Dr. David Hirshfield can conveniently handle every step of the treatment process right here in our comfortable, modern dental office. No matter how many teeth you’re missing, there’s a dental implant solution for you. Contact our office today to learn more.

Why Choose Hirshfield Dental Care for Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

three dental implant posts with abutments and crowns

Meant to replace the root of a lost tooth, a dental implant is a thin titanium post that Dr. Hirshfield surgically inserts into the jaw. After three to six months, the surrounding bone and tissue grow around the implants as if they were your natural tooth roots in a process known as osseointegration. Then, we can place a metal abutment fixture atop the implants, which allows us to secure a personalized dental crown, bridge, or denture in place. Once the treatment process is completed, your "new" teeth are often hard to tell apart from your original teeth in terms of feel, appearance, and function.

The 4-Step Dental Implant Process

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Unlike traditional tooth replacements, the process of getting dental implants in Medfield takes multiple appointments over the course of several months. When you visit us for a dental implant consultation, our team will walk you through every step of the process so that you have a good idea of what to expect.

Although the exact details of the treatment will vary slightly from patient to patient, everyone will go through the same basic four steps: initial consultation, dental implant surgery, osseointegration, and placement of restorations. Luckily, Dr. Hirshfield has undergone the advanced training necessary to be able to perform every step of the dental implant process himself.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Thanks to their unique structure that replaces teeth both above and below the gums, dental implants are widely regarded as the gold standard for bringing back missing teeth. They’re able to improve your everyday quality of life in ways that dentures and bridges alone simply cannot. Not only do they allow you to chew all of your favorite foods without worrying about slipping, but they can potentially last for decades, if not the rest of your life, as long as you take good care of them. It’s no wonder millions of Americans have turned to dental implants to rebuild their smiles!

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Unsure if dental implants are right for you? While the only way to know for certain is to come in for a consultation, virtually any healthy adult with missing teeth can regain a complete smile with dental implants. It doesn’t matter how many teeth you’ve lost; dental implants are versatile enough to fill the gaps in your grin.

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Missing One Tooth

Traditionally, the only way to replace a single lost tooth was to file down the two neighboring teeth and install a dental bridge. These days, we can instead place a dental implant post in the empty space and top it with a realistic-looking dental crown. That way, we won’t have to alter any of your healthy tooth structure.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, we can place a dental implant on either end of the gap in order to support a bridge. If the missing teeth are not consecutive, though, we can strategically place a small number of implant posts to secure a partial denture.

Missing All Teeth

For patients who have lost all of their original pearly whites, an implant denture is the ideal solution. By placing just four to six implant posts at precise locations throughout the jaw, we can provide enough support for a full denture that won’t come loose or slip around.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Due to the customized nature of the dental implant treatment, no two patients go through the exact same process, which is why we aren’t able to provide a cost estimate until you see us for a consultation. At your appointment, we’ll examine your unique tooth loss situation and determine important details, like how many implants you need, that will help us provide you with a breakdown of the cost. Even though dental implants do have a higher up-front cost than traditional restorations, their potential to last several times longer makes them a wiser long-term investment for some patients.

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Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

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In order to ensure that the dental implant treatment is as successful as possible, we want to ensure that our patient’s jawbone density and oral and gum health are in good condition. Some of our patients require periodontal therapy, bone grafts, or sinus lifts before their surgery to minimize risk of dental implant failure down the road. These procedures incur separate fees that can affect the cost of your procedure.

Once the mouth has healed from any preliminary treatments, Dr. Hirshfield, your implant dentist in Walpole, is able to complete the dental implant surgery in-office, which is a unique benefit that many practices don’t offer. This makes payment easier for patients.

Cost-Affecting Factors of the Treatment

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The overall cost of dental implants in Walpole is based on several factors. Some of which include:

  • The Number of Implants Needed. Typically, one dental implant needs to be placed to restore a single tooth, two dental implants for consecutive missing teeth, and anywhere from four to eight dental implants for a full or partial denture.
  • The Type of Restoration Required. Crowns are less expensive than bridges or dentures because they’re smaller and require fewer dental materials to create.
  • The Materials Chosen. Implants can sometimes be made from zirconia instead of titanium, which can impact the price of treatment.
  • There are multiple companies who manufacture implants, which can impact cost as well.

The Long-Term Investment of Implants

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Dental implants in Walpole have a higher up-front price tag attached to them, which can cause many patients to raise an eyebrow and wonder if they’re getting the best possible deal. With the proper care, implants can last for 35 years or more, unlike their counterparts that need to be replaced every seven to 10 years. At the end of the day, many patients are grateful they spent a little more up-front, because they don’t have to worry about repeat visits for repairs and replacements.

Will My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Unfortunately, it’s rarely if ever the case that dental insurance plans cover the cost of dental implants. However, our team will do our best to maximize your benefits and help you save from out-of-pocket costs. In some cases, we are able to get parts of the procedure covered. However, that depends on the individual patient’s coverage.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

At Hirshfield Dental Care, we offer plenty of ways to make your treatment affordable. We’re happy to file claims for most dental insurance plans and help you file for low-interest financing through CareCredit if your insurance coverage isn’t sufficient. As an alternative to insurance, our in-house benefits plan helps you save on most of our services in exchange for a small annual fee. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly if you have any questions.

Dental Implant FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dental implants in Medfield

Dental implants in Medfield are a great solution to permanently replace your missing teeth. Although you’d like to enjoy their benefits for yourself, you might still have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to the procedure. We’ll explain everything during your initial consultation. To ease any apprehensions, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about dental implants.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last? 

Unlike traditional prostheses that needs to be replaced every few years, dental implants can last for decades. With a healthy lifestyle and the proper oral hygiene habits, dental implants can last for 35 years or longer. To safeguard your smile, it’s best to brush, floss, and rinse with a mouthwash at least twice a day. Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. You’ll also want to avoid anything that may damage your new teeth, like using them as tools or chewing sticky foods. If you develop any concerns between your routine dental visits, like pain or swelling, contact your dentist right away.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are a safe and effective option for tooth loss if a patient has good oral and overall health. When the procedure is performed by a qualified implant dentist in Medfield, you can feel confident your smile is in good hands. Your dentist will perform a thorough consultation to ensure dental implants are right for you. In some cases, you may need additional procedures before your placement surgery, like periodontal therapy or bone grafting. Patients with pre-existing conditions, like diabetes, may need additional precautions to ensure there aren’t any complications during surgery or recovery.

Do Dental Implants Feel Natural?

After your mouth has healed, dental implants will closely feel like your real teeth because they have the support of your jawbone. The titanium posts will act as new roots to regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force, so you can enjoy many of your favorite foods. Since the implants don’t have any nerve endings, if you experience any sensations, they will come from the surrounding tissues.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Dental Implant Surgery? 

Despite what you might have heard, dental implants don’t require a long recovery. Most patients can return to their daily activities the day after surgery, but it is best to avoid any strenuous exercising for about 1 week to prevent any delays in your recovery. You can expect there to be some bleeding, but it will stop after the first couple of days. You can manage it by applying a cold compress until it subsides in about three to four days. Be sure to take any prescribed or OTC pain relievers as instructed. Although your gums will heal quickly after your surgery, it can take over 6 months for your dental implants to fuse with your jawbone.

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