Dental Implants

Feel confident about your smile again!
Anatomy of the three parts of a dental implant - post, abutment, and crown.

What Are Dental Implants?

The best way to replace missing teeth!

A dental implant is an actual replacement for the root of a missing tooth. They are attached to the jawbone and are not visible after they’ve been placed. This sturdy base is what is such a game changer for implants. No other dental treatment for missing teeth will look, feel, or function like natural teeth. You can eat, laugh, and talk with perfect confidence again! No need to worry about the slippage that can happen with bridges or dentures.

A dental implant has three parts:

  • Titanium post – made of one of the strongest and lightest metals available.

  • Abutment – the link between the unseen post and the new tooth.

  • Crown – this custom-crafted restoration will blend in beautifully with your own teeth.

Why Are Our Patients Choosing Dental Implants?

Here are just a few of the outstanding benefits our patients love.
Eat What You Want

Chewing food is easier and better for your digestion with a full set of teeth to do the job. Dental implants let you eat the foods you love again!

Speak Clearly

Your teeth are an essential part of your ability to communicate, helping you enunciate words. With implants, you can speak with confidence. No embarrassing work or social situations again!

Conservative

Other dental treatments for missing teeth often require modifying the surrounding teeth, removing healthy enamel. Implants are a stand-alone solution that doesn’t affect neighboring teeth.

Great Looks

 

Porcelain crowns have the luster and look of real teeth. Whether you need one or multiple implants and crowns, our dentist will craft a beautiful replacement that will blend in naturally with your smile.

Built To Last

 

Implants are a durable solution for your missing teeth. They are built of materials designed to last. By maintaining a regular oral care routine, you can keep the bone and tissue surrounding the implant healthy.

 

Improved Appearance

 

Missing teeth lead to bone deterioration and a sunken, aged look around the mouth and cheeks. Implants help to retain bone tissue keeping it healthy and strong and keeping you looking younger!

Why Choose Lyme Road Dental For Implants

Headshot image of Dr. Michael Melkers your dentist in Hanover

Many dentists must refer their implant patients to an outside office for the actual placement of their implant. But, at Lyme Road Dental we are proud to be able to offer our patients complete implant care, surgical and restorative, right here within our office.

Dr. Michael Melkers has received the training needed for implant placement. This training along with his extensive experience make him the perfect choice for your dental implant dentist. Dr. Paul Wonsavage’s skill at creating beautiful restorations has been honed by many years of experience and advanced education and training in cosmetic dentistry.  No need to go to another office, you can see the same dental team from start to finish of your implant treatment!

Dr. Melkers and Dr. Wonsavage have undergone countless years of advanced training to stay on top of the latest developments in dentistry. Here are some of the achievements that make them one of the best choices as your dental implant surgical/restorative team in Hanover, NH:

  • Dr. Melkers – Member of the International College of Oral Implantologists

  • Dr. Wonsavage – Accreditation Candidate at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Dr. Melkers/Dr. Wonsavage – Training in individualized, comprehensive care with the prestigious Pankey Institute.

  • Dr. Melkers/Dr. Wonsavage – Mastership with the Academy of General Dentistry – an extensive and rigorous process only 3% of dentists nationwide have achieved.

‘‘Your creative solution has made it possible for me to continue to relish my favorite salami on a baguette.’’

- Actual Patient at Lyme Road Dental

FAQs About Dental Implants

Get the answers below.
  • Am I a candidate for dental implants?

     

    Generally speaking, most people can use dental implants to replace missing teeth. However, uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease can affect whether dental implants will fuse to your bone. Dr. Melkers will do a thorough evaluation of your oral health and design a treatment plan using the best solution possible for the result you want.

  • Do implants require special care?

    At home, you will care for your implants the same as you do your natural teeth. It is essential to practice good daily oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing to control bacteria. It is also important to see your dentist and dental hygienist for regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.  During these appointments, specialized instruments are used to clean dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues.

  • How will you keep me comfortable during treatment?

     

    Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to keep it a pain-free experience. If you are uncomfortable with dental visits in general, your anxiety can be treated with sedatives to make your visit less stressful.

    There can be some discomfort and swelling in the days after your surgery that is managed with pain medication. But our patients often find that it is much milder than they had anticipated and only lasted for a few days. Dr. Melker and his team will be closely monitoring you throughout your procedure and in the months afterward. Be assured, your comfort is always our number one priority!

     

  • Can implants be used with dentures?

     

    Implant-retained bridges, partial dentures, and dentures are an excellent option for multiple missing teeth.

    There are two types of implant-supported dentures – fixed and removable. Just as their names state, the fixed denture is fixed in place, permanently attached to the underlying implant and adding great stability. The removable denture snaps onto the supporting dental implants and can be removed when needed.

    Our Lyme Road Dental team will be happy to talk with you about which would be the best option for your particular needs and desires.

     

     

Contact Us About Dental Implants

Have questions about dental implants? Our friendly staff can't wait to help you!

Other Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry Services
  • Dental Surgery

  • Teeth Whitening

  • Metal-Free Fillings

  • Inlays & Onlays

  • Crowns & Bridges

  • Porcelain Veneers

  • Smile Design

  • Partial + Full Dentures

Serving communities throughout New Hampshire including:
  • Hanover

  • Norwich, VT

  • Lebanon

  • White River Junction, VT