Tooth loss compromises the strength and structure of the entire smile, even if just a few teeth are lost. But the consequences are even more severe when a large set of teeth, or an entire arch of teeth, is lost. Traditionally, the only way to address the loss of a large group of teeth was with removable dentures. Now, patients have the option of using dental implants to secure restorations.
Dental implants fuse with the jaw to create a durable support system for fixed dentures or other dental restorations. At Boston Prosthodontics, full mouth restoration with dental implants allows our Boston, MA, patients to rebuild a smile that is strong, functional, and attractive.
Dental implants are extremely versatile. Dental implants can anchor a full range of dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures. Because of this, dental implants are suitable for patients with any degree of tooth loss. Additionally, dental implants are beneficial when teeth have been damaged beyond repair. If restorative dentistry treatments cannot save a tooth, the tooth can be extracted and replaced with an implant.
Dental implant treatment involves oral surgery, so to be ideal candidates for this procedure, patients must be free of medical conditions that could increase the risk of surgery. For dental implant treatment to be a success, the patient also must have enough bone structure to support and fuse with the implants. If necessary, a bone graft can be performed prior to dental implant treatment, so that the procedure is a viable option for patients.
Dental implant treatment takes place in several stages. The first phase of treatment is the actual surgical procedure to put the implants in place. An incision will be made in the gum tissues and dental implants, which are tiny titanium screws, will be placed in the jaw bone. After implants are in place, incisions will be closed and healing will begin.
After dental implants are placed, we wait several months (typically between four and six months) before proceeding to the next phase of treatment. During this time, the gums and bone will heal. As tissues heal, they should fuse with the dental implants. This process of osseointegration is vital to the ultimate success of dental implant treatment.
After osseointegration has occurred, we will schedule a procedure to place abutments. Abutments are small metal posts that attach to the dental implants and protrude from the gum line. During treatment, the gums are reopened so that abutments can be placed. Again, the gums will need to heal before we can proceed with treatment, but this recovery process is much faster than that of the initial surgery.
The final stage of dental implant treatment is the placement of dental restorations. Dental restorations will be bonded to the abutments that connect to the dental implants. If a full set of teeth has been lost, we will secure a fixed set of dentures to the dental implants. For smaller areas of tooth loss, we may place dental crowns or a dental bridge.
In many cases, dental implants alone can completely restore the smile for our Boston patients. However, some people have additional issues that need to be addressed. Full mouth restoration is completely customizable, so we can perform additional restorative dentistry treatments along with dental implants to completely rebuild the smile and enhance its appearance.
Get in Touch
If you have experienced tooth loss and would like to learn more about how dental implants can restore your smile, get in touch with our experienced dental team at Boston Prosthodontics. You can reach our practice by calling (617) 523-5451.