Disease and trauma can cause dental emergencies and sometimes even lead to the loss of a tooth. At Boston Prosthodontics, we don’t believe you should have to live with compromised chewing ability or the conspicuous gap in a smile that can result from a missing tooth. Using dental implants at our Boston restorative dentistry practice, we can return health, beauty, and function to the mouths of patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth.
Driven by our knowledge, excellent training, and world-class facilities, we are proud to be one of the leading dental implant providers serving residents of Boston and the surrounding area. If you are missing one or more teeth and you would like to learn more about how dental implants could improve both your oral health and your quality of life, please contact Boston Prosthodontics today.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The benefits of dental implants can be life-changing:
A removable restoration will allow you to eat a wider range of foods, enunciate with greater clarity, and achieve a normal-looking smile. However, implant-supported prosthodontics are far more stable. Because the implants integrate with your jaw, they will never allow your denture to slip out of place. Your denture will sit securely on your gums, providing virtually the same level of function as healthy natural teeth. You can enjoy any foods you like, including whole fruits, steaks, and even chewing gum, without worrying that your restoration will shift.
Few things in life are more fundamentally 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.
In addition to functioning like natural teeth, your implant-supported restoration will match the look of your smile. Like our traditional restorations, our implant-supported restorations are made from premium material that is indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Long-term Health Benefits
One of the most notable benefits of dental implants is that they can prevent the jawbone recession that occurs following tooth loss. When teeth are lost, the natural reaction of the body is to redistribute the bone cells elsewhere in the body, resulting in shrinkage, or atrophy, of the jaw. This is why patients who wear traditional dentures must frequently have their dentures relined to accommodate changes in the shape of the jaw. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that provides the stimulation necessary to prevent bone atrophy following tooth loss, making them the best means of supporting the exceptional restorations provided at Boston Prosthodontics.
Your Quality of Life
Few things in life are more fundamentally 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, without having to feel self-conscious about unstable restorations or compromised speech. Meanwhile, when you undergo treatment with our team, you can expect that your restoration will look totally natural, and provide a flattering complement to your appearance.
A Rewarding Investment
Dental implants are most commonly regarded as an elective treatment, and insurance plans rarely contribute to the cost. However, we believe in helping as many patients as possible experience the incredible benefits of dental implants, and are glad to discuss payment options that can make this solution affordable for you.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Are you missing a tooth? If so, dental implants at Boston Prosthodontics may be the ideal choice for you. Dental implants are remarkably versatile; they can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge, or even a full set of dentures. Because dental implants are embedded in the jaw, they provide support of unrivaled strength and stability, fully replicating the entire structure of the missing tooth from root to crown.
A consultation with one of our certified prosthodontists can determine whether a dental implant may be right for you. Ideal candidates should be in good general and oral health with gum tissue free of periodontal disease. Patients with inadequate jaw bone density to support a dental implant may need to undergo a bone grafting procedure or a sinus lift in order to qualify for implant dentistry.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant – essentially a metal screw made of commercially pure titanium – will be surgically placed in the jaw bone. Because the body does not recognize titanium as a foreign material, the implant will eventually fuse with the jaw bone and basically become part of the patient’s anatomy. Once this fusion has occurred, an abutment will be placed on top of the implant. This abutment will serve as the point of attachment for the custom-crafted dental restoration.
We believe in educating patients prior to every step in treatment, providing information on the procedure while addressing and lessening any potential anxiety they may experience. CT scans are used during planning to make a 3-D model of the patient’s mouth, ensuring exact, correct placement of the implant. This sophisticated imaging technique not only lessens time before the patient can have the implants placed in their mouths, but also has been shown to lessen pain and safely avoid adjacent areas such as the sinuses.
An individually tailored treatment plan with approximate costs and timeline is outlined to best meet each patient’s unique needs. You may learn that an alternative restorative treatment – such as removable dentures or a traditional dental bridge, for example – would be better suited for you.
What to Expect
Dental implant surgery is performed in our world-class facilities with an in-house, state-of-the-art laboratory, leading to the highest-quality results and high levels of patient satisfaction. Your dental implant timeline will depend on whether you need any preparatory procedures, such as a bone graft and whether you are replacing a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth. Other factors include the time required for the jawbone to heal after surgery, the rate at which your implants osseointegrate, and the time between attaching the abutments and affixing the final restorations.
The basic dental implants timeline includes:
- Examination: During your consultation, the doctor will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and jawbone using the latest x-ray technology and 3-D scans. This will allow your prosthodontist to determine if any prerequisite procedures or tooth extractions are needed and create a treatment plan catered to your unique needs. Your doctor will explain the procedure to you in detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
- Prerequisite Procedures: For patients who require preparatory procedures, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled where the doctor will perform any 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 Placement: Once your jawbone has been adequately prepared, the doctor will administer anesthesia and surgically insert dental implants. The length of the procedure will depend on how many implants are being placed, but it generally takes approximately two to four hours.
- Osseointegration: This step is the most crucial step in the process and typically takes about four to six months. During this healing period, the implant posts will fuse with your surrounding tissue and jawbone to create the stable base necessary to support dental implants. It is imperative that you follow your aftercare instructions carefully to ensure that you achieve a successful outcome. The doctor will monitor you carefully through a series of follow-up appointments to ensure there are no complications.
Because they are designed to replace a tooth from the crown to the root, dental implants have the ability to mimic the natural tooth and provide a firm foundation for a beautifully customized restoration.
- Abutment Placement: Once you have fully recovered and the implants have successfully fused with your jawbone, the doctor will attach the abutments atop the implant posts. These small connectors provide a secure attachment for your implant-supported restoration. Although this step requires surgery, it is very minimal and recovery typically takes about two to three weeks for the gum tissue to heal.
- Restoration Design: After the abutments have been placed, the doctor or a member of our team will take digital impressions of your smile for our lab to use in fabricating your customized restoration. The type of restoration will depend on how long restoration design will take. At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we can provide dental crowns, implant-supported bridges, and implant-supported dentures.
- Restoration Placement: Once your implant-supported restoration is completed, the doctor will ensure that it fits properly before securely attaching it to your dental implants.
Dental Implant Maintenance
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, and should be cared for in the same way. At-home oral care and regularly scheduled dental visits will help to ensure the protection of your investment. Periodic follow-ups will allow us to monitor your implant, ensuring that your surrounding teeth and gums remain healthy.
Restore Your Smile
While the dental implants treatment timeline can be lengthy, the outcome is worth the wait. Dental implants provide a permanent solution to restoring your smile after tooth loss. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of implant-supported restorations, contact our office online or by calling (617) 523-5451 to schedule your consultation with one of our trusted and highly skilled prosthodontists.