Dental Implants
in Shirley, MA

permanently replace missing teeth

Shirley dental implants

Dental Implants are the best way to restore a missing tooth permanently. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, they will last for 30+ years if properly cared for. They also look and feel completely natural, and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

If you are interested in a dental implant in Shirley, Groton, Pepperhill or Harvard, Nashoba Valley Dental is an ideal choice. Dr. Matthew Annese has years of experience placing dental implants, and can provide you with the smile restoration you’ve always wanted.

how it works

understanding implants

Dental implants consist of two primary parts, a post and a crown. The post is made of titanium or zirconium, and is surgically implanted in place of your original tooth’s root. Over time, it will bond with the surrounding gum and jaw tissue permanently. This provides an artificial “root” to which the crown will be attached.The crown itself is a false tooth, built to look just like your old tooth. It’s designed to fit in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. It’s bonded to the abutment at the top of the post, taking the place of your missing tooth and fully restoring it.

what to expect

the implant process

After you’ve been examined, and Dr. Annese has determined that you are a good candidate for a dental implant, the procedure usually takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the post is implanted into your jaw and gum tissue. Dr. Annese will use a local anesthetic and sedation to ensure minimal discomfort. After the post is placed, the gum is sutured and sealed, and the area is cleaned. Over the next 3-6 months, the post heals and becomes bonded with the surrounding tissue.

During this time, your crown is perfectly crafted and shaped to take the place of your original tooth. Once you’ve healed, you’ll come in for your second appointment. During the second appointment, Dr. Annese will check your crown for fit, color, style, and comfort. If it’s a good fit, he will bond it into place permanently using dental adhesive, and the process is complete.

unique advantages

benefits of dental implants

Dental implants have a number of benefits, especially compared to dental bridges and dentures:

  • Prevents teeth from shifting – If you do not replace a missing tooth, your existing teeth will start to shift around in an attempt to fill in the gap. A dental implant prevents this, so you won’t have any bite or occlusion issues.
  • Natural appearance and functionality – Dental implants are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They also function just like the real thing, so you can chew, smile, drink, and speak normally.
  • Requires no specialized care – How do you care for a dental implant post-installation? Brush twice a day, floss, and see Dr. Annese for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. That’s it! No specialized care is required, and if you maintain good oral hygiene habits, your implant will last you for the rest of your life.
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We serve Leominster, Harvard, and Pepperhill, among other areas near Shirley, MA. Whether you’ve just recently lost a tooth, or you’re interested in replacing a dental bridge or a partial denture with a dental implant, we would love to hear from you.

Contact Nashoba Valley Dental now for an appointment at (978) 425-9088, or visit our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464. We look forward to serving you with our expert dental implant services.

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