Dental Implants in Manchester, NH
We are pleased to offer dental implants at our Manchester, NH dental office as a solution for patients with missing teeth.
A dental implant is a replacement root made out of titanium, the same material used for an artificial knee or hip. Dental implants have many advantages including:
- Improved speech and comfort
- Increased confidence
- Better oral health
- Durable and long lasting
- Better chewing and digestion of food
Success rates of dental implants are as high as 98 percent. Most people are good candidates for the procedure as long as they are healthy enough for routine oral surgery. The level of pain and recovery that comes with a dental implant is often less than a tooth extraction.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacement roots made of commercially pure titanium that Dr. Russell Mann surgically places in the jawbone. Implants fuse with the bone and provide a strong foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge.
We can place the implant in the socket of the missing tooth or wherever there is available bone. Replacement teeth can be removable dentures that are supported by the implants with “snaps” called Locators. Individual teeth or bridges can be cemented or screwed directly to the dental implant. Many options are available to restore your teeth to their natural shape and color with dental implants, and Dr. Mann will help choose the one that best fits your needs.
Types of Implants
There are several different types of implant procedures. The type of dental implant that is best for you depends on the current state of your teeth and the desire that you would like to achieve.
If One Tooth is Missing
We restore the space with a single dental implant, an abutment (connector), and a crown. The crown is either cemented or screwed to the abutment which is screwed to the implant.
If Several Teeth are Missing
We restore the space with two or more implants, abutments, and a fixed (permanent) bridge. As with a crown, the bridge is either cemented or screwed directly to the abutments.
If All Teeth are Missing
We restore the space with several implants and a fixed (permanent) bridge or a denture that we “snap” onto two or more Locator abutments connected to the implants. Another option is the All-on-4 appliance. This is a non-removable denture that we usually recommend for people who are going to lose all of their teeth and don’t want to replace teeth with something removable.
The Implant Procedure
At your initial appointment, Dr. Mann will create your individualized treatment plan. This plan is specific to you and based on your overall medical and dental health as well as your unique desires. Once you have reviewed the treatment plan with Dr. Mann, we will schedule you for the implant surgery.
During your surgery, Dr. Mann places the titanium implants into your jawbone. Very often, we need to perform a bone graft procedure for added stability and strength when we place an implant. As your jawbone heals, it integrates, or fuses, to the titanium implant. This process can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks. During this time, it’s critical that you follow the directions that we give you after your dental implant surgery.
Once your jawbone has healed, Dr. Mann will attach an abutment to the implant. This abutment is the connector piece that will hold the new crown or bridge. The abutment can also be a “snap” type called a Locator. This process can take between two and four weeks, during which time your dental implant crown will be fabricated to blend in with the rest of your smile and also may involve impressions of the abutments.
Our Dental Implant Technology
At our dental office in Manchester, we have a Sirona ORTHOPOS XG 3D Scanner. The scanner allows us to evaluate the quality and quantity of bone for planning the precise and safe location to place the dental implants. Using the scanner, we often discover hidden abnormalities like cysts, cancers, septum deviations, and sinus infections that were never diagnosed. The 3D scanner improves the predictability and safety of placing dental implants and utilizing 3D technology is now considered the standard of care in implant dentistry.
The scanner is the same size as a 2D x-ray machine, and we have it in a room adjacent to our patient rooms. The scanning process is straightforward and painless. You can sit or stand during the scan, and it only takes about 14 seconds.
We commonly use our CEREC CAD/CAM machine for fabricating crowns in a single visit, but it also integrates beautifully with the 3-D Scanner and will design custom surgical guides for the precise placement of dental implants.
Dr. Mann also uses a remarkable technology called PRF or Platelet Rich Fibrin. Your blood is drawn on the day of surgery and placed in a centrifuge to produce the PRF. The advantages of this approach are:
- Helps the bone regenerate where we extracted a tooth
- Helps regenerate bone around dental implants
- Improves the bone integration around implants
- Improves the surgical healing time
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are an excellent option for many reasons. They are durable, relatively easy to care for, and comfortably support crowns, bridges, or dentures. They are the best tooth replacements and considered the “standard of care” for tooth loss. They also make it easier to chew and therefore digest your food. Dental implants can improve your confidence and your overall quality of life.
Is Sedation Available?
You may opt for sedation during your appointment. Mann Family Dental offers oral sedation, which means you take medication the night before and the morning of your procedure. While you’re technically still awake during the appointment, you are completely relaxed. Visit our Sedation page for more information.
Am I a Candidate?
After completing a full comprehensive exam and 3D scan, Dr. Mann will review your medical and dental history, the 3D scan, and your needs and desires for dental care. Together, you will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
The 3D scan helps us see if you have enough bone to accommodate the implant. If your jawbone doesn’t have enough density, the implant may not be able to withstand the forces of regular chewing and could fail.
It’s essential to thoroughly review your medical history as some systemic diseases are a contraindication for dental implants. If you are a heavy smoker, the success rate of the implants integrating into the bone goes down. Dr. Mann offers free consultations to discuss the basics of dental implants and the choices that are available.
How Do I Care for Implants?
Many people believe that after they have dental implants, they’re finished and don’t have to continue professional care or brush and floss. It is crucial that you brush and floss your implants as though they were your natural teeth. Peri-implantitis or inflammation of the gums and bone around the implant can cause the implant to fail and may result in the loss of your new teeth.
At Mann Family Dental our patients understand we work in partnership with each individual and are committed to maintaining a lifetime of professional care. Our goal is to help you maintain your new smile for the rest of your life!
Please call us to arrange a complimentary consultation to learn more about dental implants.