Dental Implants – Boston, MA
Visit the Experts in Digital Implant Planning & Placement
The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. If you find yourself dealing with the depressing and confidence-affecting impacts of tooth loss, Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group is the perfect place to go for help.
In addition to rebuilding smiles with dental implants in Boston, our outstanding team of accomplished and extensively trained doctors excels in restoring misplaced and mispositioned implants, allowing us to correct defects so our patients can enjoy more functional and beautiful smiles. Call us today to learn more about these life-changing prosthetics.
Why Choose Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group for Dental Implants?
- Prosthetics Designed for Optimal Function & Aesthetics
- We Restore Misplaced & Mispositioned Implants
- Leaders in Digital Dental Implant Planning & Placement
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, screw-shaped titanium posts that are surgically placed below the gumline and into the jawbone to restore the missing root structure of teeth. Due to their biocompatible nature, they fuse with the bone structure through a process called osseointegration, providing the area with necessary stimulation and blood flow to keep it from deteriorating over time, as you might notice with traditional restorations. Once osseointegration has occurred, your prosthodontist will secure a dental crown, bridge, or denture onto the implants to restore your smile.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implant surgery is performed in our world-class facilities by prosthodontists who have undergone advanced training. Your dental implant timeline will depend on several factors, including the need for preparatory procedures and the number of teeth you need to replace. Here are the typical steps:
- Consultation During your consultation, the doctor will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone using the latest 3D X-ray/CBCT technology. This will allow us to determine if any prerequisite procedures such as tooth extractions are needed, and to create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. CBCT also allows planning guided surgery - the most trusted way of placing implants. Your prosthodontist will explain the procedure to you in detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- Preparatory Procedures For patients who require preparatory procedures, a follow-up dental appointment will be scheduled. The prosthodontist will perform any necessary tooth extractions and bone grafting procedures. Healing from tooth extractions generally takes two to three weeks. In cases where bone grafting is needed, it will require an additional three to six months of recovery.
- Dental Implant Surgery During your first placement surgery, your prosthodontist will begin by administering anesthesia and making incisions in the gum tissue. They’ll then place the titanium implants into the bone tissue. The duration of the procedure will depend on how many implants are being placed, but it generally takes two to four hours.
- Osseointegration While you recover from surgery, the implant posts will fuse with your jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. Osseointegration is the most crucial step in the implant process and typically takes about four to six months. The doctor will monitor your progress through a series of follow-up appointments to ensure there are no complications. Alternatively, we offer immediate loading options in some circumstances, which allows the crown or prosthetic to be placed on the same day as the implant with no interim period required.
- Abutment Placement Once the dental implants have completely fused to the bone tissue, the doctor will attach abutments or caps, which facilitate healing. While abutment placement is a minor dental procedure, patients typically need about two to three weeks for gum tissue to heal before receiving permanent restorations.
- Restoration Placement After the healing abutments have been placed, the prosthodontist will take digital impressions of your smile that the dental lab will use to fabricate your custom restoration. Once your implant crown, bridge, or denture is complete, the dentist secures it in place and checks the fit. After any necessary adjustments are made, the treatment is complete.
Why Should a Prosthodontist Place My Dental Implants?
The surgical placement of dental implants is a precise art, and you don’t want to leave that process in the hands of just anyone. A surgically trained prosthodontist and periodontists like the ones here at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group have undergone years of specialty residency programs and rigorous examinations, and they’re capable of personally handling EVERY stage of your smile transformation, from the initial surgical placement of one or more dental implants to the painstaking design and creation of a beautiful, entirely custom prosthetic. This allows them to create better biologic, prosthetic, and esthetic outcomes for patients in need when it matters most. If you’re going to invest in something as important and life-changing as a brand-new smile, why not trust that goal in the hands of true experts?
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Restored Function Dental implants give excellent stability to your replacement teeth, allowing you to eat a wider range of foods, enunciate with greater clarity, and achieve a normal-looking smile. You can enjoy the foods you like, including whole fruits, steaks, and even chewing gum, without worrying that your dental restoration will shift.
- Designed to Last For the right candidates, dental implants are widely regarded as the best solution for missing teeth. Dental implants themselves are crafted from biocompatible titanium and when properly cared for, they can last a lifetime. Meanwhile, your implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture will be crafted from high-grade porcelain that is durable, natural-looking, and stain-resistant.
- Improved Health Our teeth are constantly stimulating the bone tissue in the jaw. When you have a missing tooth, the jaw will begin to atrophy. Implants replace the tooth roots and are the only form of dental restoration that can stop this bone recession. Among many other benefits, this effect can help to protect your remaining natural teeth and contribute to good oral health in general.
- Enhanced Quality of Life Few things in life are fundamentally more enjoyable than savory meals, long talks with friends, and sharing smiles with those you love. Dental implants make it possible to experience these simple joys to the absolute fullest. Our natural-looking dental implant-supported dentures and other restorations give you the confidence to show off your smile with pride, boosting self-esteem and improving your quality of life.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implant treatment is incredibly versatile and can be customized to meet each of our patient’s individual needs, whether you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth. At your consultation, your prosthodontist will outline your treatment plan with you and answer any questions you may have. In most situations, restoring your smile will consist of going down one of the three pathways listed below.
Missing One Tooth
To replace a single tooth, we’ll secure one dental implant below the gumline and into the jawbone. Once it has fused with the bone, we’ll place a small, metal connector piece on top of it called an abutment. This will hold a free-standing, custom-crafted dental crown in place to fill the gap in your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Instead of needing to alter surrounding healthy teeth to support a traditional dental bridge, we’ll place two or three dental implants below the gumline. These will act as anchors that will hold the bridge securely within your mouth, providing you with a complete, beautiful, and functional set of teeth.
Missing All of Your Teeth
Instead of relying on a traditional denture that restores only the visible portion of your teeth, our team can replace your entire dental structure with implant- retained dentures or provide a completely non removable solution with “All-on–4”. We’ll secure anywhere from four to eight dental implants into the jawbone to hold your fixed prosthesis securely within the mouth. Due to the extra support, your replacement teeth will allow you to eat and speak with ease and will be completely non removable.
When teeth go missing and the root structure that stimulates the jawbone is not restored, it can lead to jawbone deterioration, impacting your ability to have successful dental implant fusion in the future. In these cases, we may recommend an All-on-4 or All-on-X procedure. Upon examining your diagnostic images, we can find the strongest areas of the jawbone to secure a limited number of dental implants, eliminating the need for a preliminary bone graft, which can take months to heal from. This drastically cuts down your treatment time and allows you to enjoy high-quality, natural-looking results without the added hassle.
Dental Implant Technology
At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we incorporate advanced technology into all of our treatments to improve their success rates. Our sophisticated techniques help streamline your treatment as well as minimize the risk of postoperative complications and discomfort. Our cone beam 3D imaging allows us to precisely place your dental implants in the ideal positions for prosthetically driven implant therapy within your mouth, while our laboratory will supply the highest quality materials to complete your smile. Ultimately, when you visit our team of prosthodontists, you’ll enjoy top-tier results that can last you a lifetime.
Post-Op Dental Implant Instructions
Days One Through Three
Be gentle around the treatment area in the days following implant placement. You should refrain from strenuous exercise and avoid eating hard foods that could disturb the treatment area. Change the bandaging or gauze frequently and apply ice packs as needed to mitigate swelling. Most patients manage pain by using a low dosage of over-the-counter pain medications. Refer to the post-op instructions that were given to you to help you manage your care and recovery.
Weeks One and Two
During this time, the swelling will begin to subside. You should be eating soft foods to ensure your comfort. We recommend you regularly rinse your mouth with salt water to promote healing. We will schedule a post-operative appointment at our Boston dental office to monitor your recovery.
Months One Through Six
In the months following dental implant surgery, osseointegration takes place. During this time, the implants will fuse to your jaw. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene during this time to promote proper healing.
After you have fully healed from implant surgery, your abutments will be attached during a minor surgical procedure. In about two weeks, after your gums have healed, you can receive your permanent restoration. You should care for your implants and replacement teeth the same way you care for your natural teeth: brush twice daily and floss once a day. Oral care at home should be supplemented with regularly scheduled dental visits.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants in Boston are widely regarded as a valuable investment due to their exceptional function and natural aesthetics. With an impressive success rate of 95% on average, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, you can expect fewer visits for repairs, replacements, and adjustments over time. To learn more about the expected cost of dental implants, continue reading or reach out to us!
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
Some patients with tooth loss may require preliminary procedures such as bone grafting, gum disease treatment, or tooth extractions before qualifying for dental implants. While these treatments are essential for ensuring a successful smile, they come with additional expenses.
Choosing Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group for your implant treatment can potentially save you money, as our implant dentists can handle every phase of the process in one location, eliminating the need for multiple office visits and bills.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
The more implant posts you need, the associated treatment expenses increase as well. Additionally, several factors contribute to the overall cost, including the specifics of the dental implant components. Post sizes can vary depending on their placement in the mouth, and both posts and abutments may be created from different materials by different manufacturers, impacting the final price.
Furthermore, the type of restoration placed atop the implants is a significant cost consideration. For instance, a crown used to restore a single implant typically has lower costs compared to a full denture supported by four to eight implants, as it requires less material.
How Dental Implants Can Save You Money
Despite the initial cost, dental implants offer long-term benefits, including enhanced functionality and comfort. They can save you money over time compared to traditional dentures and bridges, which require frequent replacements and ongoing maintenance expenses. Dental implants are designed to last several decades, making them a worthwhile investment that contributes to better oral health and reduces overall dental care costs.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
Most dental insurance plans typically exclude coverage for dental implants, although there could be rare exceptions. For example, insurance might help in offsetting the expenses related to preparatory procedures or the restoration process. We collaborate with numerous well-known insurance providers, and even if you're not within our network, we are happy to review your plan to help you obtain the highest possible coverage.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Don’t have dental insurance or find that your plan doesn’t offer sufficient coverage? That’s okay! We provide flexible financing through CareCredit. With their low to no-interest payment plans, you can seamlessly integrate your dental implant expenses into your budget, ensuring affordability.