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Dental Implant FAQ

At Town Center Dental of LaGrange, we realize that choosing dental implants is a major decision. Not only is restorative dentistry a notable investment, but transitioning to prosthetic teeth can be an emotional process as well. We want our patients to have a clear understanding of dental implants so that they can make the most informed decision about the future of their smile. When it comes to dental implants, we encourage you to ask questions along the way and express your concerns to Dr. Paes. To help you feel more confident about moving forward, here are some frequently asked questions about dental implants:

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They can replicate the roots of your natural teeth by stimulating the jawbone when you chew and stabilizing a crown, bridge or denture.

How can implants help denture wearers?

Traditional dentures rest on the gums, which can make it difficult for some patients to get a secure fit. If dentures come loose, patients may lose confidence when eating, talking and laughing. To help these patients regain more secure dentures and a better quality of life, Dr. Paes can use dental implants to anchor their denture. Implant-retained dentures offer invaluable benefits and can also prevent surrounding bone loss. When the jawbone retains its density and form, you can avoid premature facial aging, a process that occurs when the jawbone atrophies and the lower face sinks in, making you look older than you really are.

How do implants prevent bone loss?

The titanium post of a dental implant acts as an artificial tooth root. Each time you chew, the pressure and stimulation of the roots allow your jawbone to regenerate and retain its mass. When a tooth is missing (or you have a denture that is not retained by implants), the jawbone no longer gets adequate stimulation and begins to shrink or atrophy over time. This can cause the lower face to have a hollowed appearance. Implants are the only tooth replacement system that prevents bone loss from occurring.

Does the procedure of placing dental implants hurt?

It is common for you to feel nervous about an upcoming surgical procedure that involves your mouth. However, Dr. Paes uses local anesthetics and sedation dentistry to ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible. If you have specific concerns about discomfort, please let us know ahead of time and we will accommodate you.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Ideally, patients should be in good overall health and be free of gum disease before getting dental implants. Another primary prerequisite is that you have enough healthy jawbone to support a dental implant. Fortunately, at Town Center Dental of LaGrange, we also offer bone grafting and sinus lifts to help you qualify for dental implants. Patients should also discontinue smoking and inform Dr. Paes of any existing medical conditions that they have before surgery.

What if I’ve been told that I lack bone structure in my upper jaw?

There’s a good chance we can still qualify you for dental implants at Town Center Dental of LaGrange. Not only do we offer bone grafting and sinus lifts, but we also offer Teeth in a Day and zygomatic implants, which use innovative techniques that require less bone density and height to secure a dental implant compared to traditional implant procedures.

Are dental implants expensive?

Dental implants are certainly a notable investment and often more expensive than other restorative options. However, they represent an investment toward your long-term health, your appearance and your quality of life. In addition, Town Center Dental of LaGrange proudly offers flexible financing options to make your dental implants more affordable.

Will my smile look natural?

The highlighted advantage of choosing dental implants is their ability to mimic your natural teeth. This includes the way they feel, look and function. Whether you choose a custom crown, bridge or denture as your implant restoration, you can trust that it will be uniquely crafted to reveal a natural, beautiful and stable smile.

Have more questions about dental implants? Don’t hesitate to ask. Dr. Paes is Dutchess County's most trusted implant dentist and he is ready to answer your questions about this unrivaled solution in restorative dentistry. How can we help you feel more confident about your choice to get dental implants? Contact Town Center Dental of LaGrange today to schedule your consultation.


I needed to change dentists and Town Center Dental was recommended by a friend. It was the best decision I made... Dr Paes is amazing, he explained everything that he did and was very gentle. My dental hygienist was amazing and the staff was friendly and accommodating. You couldn't ask for more from a dental office. I highly recommend this group...

Michael C.

I had not been to the dentist in quite some time and will never miss another visit after receiving the best service ever. Aleena was my hygienist and was absolutely wonderful. There was a lot of cleaning that needed to be done and she made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. She was extremely informative and it was a great learning experience. I would recommend TCD to anyone and look forward to my next visit. Thank you Aleena!

Chris J.

Just visited this office yesterday, by far the best dental experience I've ever had, and this coming from someone who is deathly afraid of dentists, I walked in all anxious and left completely calm, they're wonderful and take all the time you need, highly recommended

Meetal P.

Everyone in this office were very friendly and knowledgeable. As a new patient I felt they took their time to know me and did a great job. I would highly recommend converting to town center dental. From the staff in the front to Dr Paes and his excellent hygienist Sandy I find everyone to be warm and caring.

Andrea B.

What an amazing office! The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating to the hours I needed for my appointment. Would absolutely recommend Town Center Dental to friends and family. Thanks Maryellen and Dr. Paes!!

Nicole S.

This far my experience with Town Dental Center has been a positive one. I had four teeth attracted and one implant started. The Oral Surgeon, Dentist and all the office help were very Profesional and pleasant. I am Hopeful the healing and after care will be the same...

Doreen S.

Extremely friendly, informative and caring. From front desk to Dr. Paes, everyone was clear and detailed oreiented. And ultimately my teeth look and feel better than they have in some time from the excellent hygienist Mary Ellen. Would highly recommend converting to town centre dental.

Whitney M.

Dr. Wilkie Paes and his assistant Lea work well as a team. They are very personable and professional. I had a replacement crown and a new crown done together. Dr. Paes walks you through the process. The professionalism, quality and workmanship are impeccable. From the moment you walk in the door you will find the entire staff are very pleasant and professional. The practice has the latest technology. If you are looking for a dental office....... look no further! Highly Recommended!

Dan P.

Had a great experience at Town Center Dental today. Started with a warm greeting by the friendly front desk staff. Then, MaryEllen, my hygienist, was thorough, friendly and explained each and every step of the process from x-rays to my final cleaning. Dr. Paes then did a complete exam. He was calming, communicative and highly informative. Dr. Paes and Town Center Dental is now the dental office for me any my family.

Mitch G.

This dentistry office is absolutely incredible. I do not like going to any doctor's office and I was not intimated by any staff member and especially Dr. Paes, the dentist. He thoroughly explained all the procedures and payment plans. The prices are VERY reasonable for someone without insurance. He spent a large amount of time with me discussing insurance and dental maintenance. The television screen of your teeth was pretty cool! Sunglasses to wear to dim the light was a nice too. Great dentistry office!!!

Nicole F.

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