Dental Implant Candidate - North Andover, MA

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If you are searching for a permanent solution to missing teeth, dental implants may be the solution for you! Dental implants are small, titanium posts surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace the look and function of natural teeth. Whether you are missing a single tooth implant or require a full smile restoration with full mouth dental implants, Dr. Emma Wu is experienced qualified to determine whether this is the best treatment for you. At Dr. Emma Wu and Associates, we have helped patients all over the New Andover, MA area learn if dental implants are right for them. During your consultation, Dr. Wu will conduct a thorough examination and perform 3D imaging to establish if you meet the criteria for a dental implant candidate. Some candidates may require preparatory procedures to treat underlying oral health issues or need lifestyle changes before surgery.

Periodontal disease can greatly hinder the success of your implant surgery. Gum disease gradually weakens tissue and bone, and both are vital to supporting your dental implants. If your gum health is poor, the chances of infection increase leading to implant failure. Before surgery, Dr. Wu may recommend periodontal treatment to restore gum health.

Dental implants are inserted into the bone to create stability and support for your restoration. If you are a patient of full mouth dental implants, Dr. Wu will strategically place four to six implants to support a full arch restoration. The density of your bone is important to ensure your implant has the needed support while fusing to the bone during healing. Dr. Wu may recommend a procedure like bone grafting to help increase bone density in preparation for implant surgery. Patients who lack the sufficient space in the upper jaw for implants may require a sinus lift. A sinus lift is a procedure where Dr. Wu uses bone from another part of the body or donor tissue to lift the sinus membrane and place bone tissue to create a larger space for your implants.

Good oral hygiene is important both before and after implant surgery to minimize the chances for infection, gum disease, and implant failure. Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth, therefore daily brushing and flossing are very important. The use of tobacco products can hinder healing; therefore, the cessation of tobacco products will be necessary to move forward with implant surgery. Whether it’s a single implant or a full mouth of dental implants, maintaining good oral hygiene is imperative.

Bruxism, also known as grinding your teeth, can be harmful to newly placed implants. Grinding can move your implants while they are in the process of fusing to the bone during healing. Dr. Wu may recommend therapies to reduce teeth grinding.

Dental Implant Alternatives

If full mouth dental implants are not for you, Dr. Wu can recommend alternatives to help restore your smile. Alternatives for dental implants include:

dental resin bridge
dental bridge
partial denture
dental implant bridge model

We’ll customize Your Treatments

Our goal at Dr. Emma Wu and Associates is to help you restore your oral health and help you achieve a smile you love. Dr. Wu will create a customized treatment plan to ensure you receive the patient care you deserve, and the end result you’ve always wanted. We work with a variety of insurance carriers and financing services to make our treatments affordable for all our patients. Our finance team can advise you on the best way to maximize your insurance benefits and utilize our financing services to help make your dental implant treatment affordable. Simply contact our office to schedule your consultation and begin your dental implant journey.

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