Dentures Vs Dental Implants - North Andover, MA

The Advantages of
Dental Implants

"Getting Dental Implants Was Life Changing!"
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Dental Implant Disasters

A Life Changing Permanent Solution

The many advantages of dental implants have positively changed the lives of people suffering from missing and decaying teeth. Temporary solutions like dentures and dental bridges solve the aesthetic issue of missing teeth, but they fail to meet the needs of comfort and restored function. Dentures can slip and shift during wear, leading to discomfort and difficulty when chewing. Dental bridges can fail if the supporting teeth begin to decay or shift. Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth without shifting or causing discomfort, while also providing additional benefits to your oral health. At Dr. Emma Wu and Associates, we have helped patients all over the North Andover, MA area restore their smiles and positively impact their quality of life with dental implants. Dr. Emma Wu is trained and experience in dental implant surgery and uses advanced technology to ensure the success of your implants.

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Creating Reality Out Of Dreams

To ensure the success of your dental implants, Dr. Wu will address oral health concerns such as gum disease, bone loss, and tooth decay. These ailments if not properly addressed can lead to infection and movement of your implants, causing them to fail. Instead, Dr. Wu will ensure you are at optimal oral health before inserting your dental implants. As a result, you begin your smile restoration journey without the fear of underlying ailments hindering the success of your surgery. Periodontal treatment may be prescribed to help alleviate gum disease. Gum disease can slowly weaken tissue and bone, hindering healing after surgery. Bone density is an important factor in the success of your dental implants. Since the post is inserted into the jawbone and then fuses to the bone during healing, it is important to ensure there is enough bone surrounding the post to provide stability. Treatments like bone grafting and a sinus lift can increase your bone density to ensure the success of your dental implants. A benefit of dental implants is their ability to mimic the function of natural tooth roots, providing stability and support to the surrounding bone. As a result, dental implants help prevent future bone loss that would otherwise slowly change the structure of the face creating a “sunken in” look. If tooth decay plagues any of your remaining natural teeth, Dr. Wu will use restorative dentistry to remove the decay and if possible, save your natural tooth. 

Comparing the Costs of Dental Implants

Dental implants typically require a greater investment when compared to their temporary counterparts like dentures and dental bridges. However, their permanent nature and the benefits of dental implants often outweigh the investment in the minds of many patients. The cost of dentures typically ranges between $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the materials used and insurance coverage. A dental bridge can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on the size of the bridge, materials, and insurance coverage. Dental implants are versatile in the different types of cases they can be applied to. Whether you need a single tooth replaced or a whole mouth of dental implants, a benefit of dental implants is the ability to customize your solution to missing teeth. The cost of dental implants is largely dependent on the number of implants needed, type of restoration, and if needed, any oral treatments to treat underlying health concerns.

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Full Arch Dental Implants

Full arch dental implants allow your dentist to replace an entire arch of teeth with strategically placed dental implants. Dr. Emma Wu specializes in the All-On-Fourâ to Six treatment protocol, where four to six dental implants are strategically placed into the jawbone to support a larger restoration. This protocol minimizes invasiveness and provides a cost-effective solution to replacing a row of teeth. A permanent restoration, customized specially for you, is snapped into place on your dental implants. With your newly restored smile, you can bite, chew, and speak with the same ability as you would with natural teeth. This implant treatment typically ranges from $20,000 to $26,000 per arch depending on the nature of your treatment plan. Patients looking for a permanent solution capable of fully restoring function benefit greatly from this protocol.

Single Implants

Ideal for individual missing teeth, single dental implants can replace a missing tooth while blending in with the rest of your smile. By planning a single dental implant, you prevent the gradual bone loss that would eventually cause the surrounding teeth to shift. Single dental implants typically average between $3,000 to $4,5000. Costs depend on the unique needs of your case, but typically include your consultation, implant, and restoration.

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Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures or “snap in” dentures provide a removable option with the stability of dental implants. Dr. Wu will place two to six implants in the jawbone for stability and snap in your removable denture. Your denture will need to be removed for proper cleaning, unlike full arch dental implants that require the same care as natural teeth. This option typically averages $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of denture and number of implants required. Patients looking for the stability of implants without wanting to make the investment of full arch dental implants can benefit from this option.

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Dental implants are a lifetime investment in your health, function, and quality of life. Avoid the common mistakes people make when considering implants by following our recommendations.
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Let Us Help You Reach Your Goals

Dr. Emma Wu and Associates would be happy answer all your questions regarding dental implants during a free consultation. Simply contact our office to schedule an appointment convenient for you. During your consultation Dr. Wu can advise you on the best option to fit your needs and budget. Our finance coordinator can advise you on the best way to use your insurance benefits and our financing services to help make treatment affordable. Contact us today!

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