Dental implant surgery is a multi-step process that places titanium posts into the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots and support a crown, bridge, or denture. Bone grafting is sometimes necessary for patients who have experienced bone atrophy. The expert dentists at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group perform every stage of dental implant surgery, from planning to restoration, in our state-of-the-art facility in Boston, MA. We employ the best prosthodontists to ensure each of our patients receives the highest quality care.
Your Dental Implant Consultation
Prior to undergoing any treatment, you will meet with one of our experienced dentists. During the consultation, your dentist will conduct a thorough dental examination and detail the dental implants timeline. This exam will likely include x-rays and other imaging scans to evaluate the health of your jawbone. Because dental implants require ample jawbone density for support, your dentist must determine if your existing jawbone tissue is sufficient. If it is not, he will then determine whether you are a candidate for a bone graft. A bone graft is typically the first step for dental implant patients who have suffered bone atrophy due to missing teeth.
Dental implant surgery is typically performed in two phases, though additional surgeries are sometimes necessary.
Once his evaluation his complete, he will discuss the various options available to you. If you are a candidate for dental implants, he will discuss the steps of the procedure in detail and review your restoration options. Restorations can include a crown, dental bridge, or dentures made from a variety of materials. Your dentist will help you decide which options are right for your based on your particular needs and goals.
Dental Implant Surgical Process
Dental implant surgery is typically performed in two phases, though additional surgeries are sometimes necessary. These procedures are performed with various levels of sedation to ensure your comfort throughout. The first phase involves placement of the dental implants in the jawbone. Using detailed surgical guides, your dentist will create a small hole for each implant in the bone. The implant is then inserted into the hole and the gums are sutured closed.
Once the implants are in place, osseointegration can take place. Osseointegration is the process in which the implants fuse with your jawbone. This process can take four to six months. During this time, you may receive a temporary restoration so that you have a functional smile. It is important to chew and brush carefully and eat mostly soft foods during this time. Hard foods could cause an implant to shift, resulting in implant failure.
Once you have healed and your implants have successfully fused with your jawbone, the second procedure can take place. This procedure is less invasive, as it involves the placement of the abutment. The abutment screws onto the exterior portion of the implant. It will support your final crown, bridge, or denture. Once the abutments are in place, your dentist will take digital images of your smile to create your final prosthesis.
The prosthesis is crafted in our office laboratory by a skilled dental technician, which reduces your waiting time. Once the prosthesis is ready, your dentist will affix it to the abutments and ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
Post-surgery Care of Dental Implants
When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Most patients achieve dental implant success by following our detailed post-surgical instructions. Although some patients require one or more bone grafts, we can successfully place dental implants for most patients. Because you care for dental implants and the prosthesis they support as you would natural teeth, they are more durable and longer lasting than any other restoration currently available.
Schedule Your Consultation
Our expertise with dental implant surgery can provide you with lifelong dental comfort and function. If you are missing one or more teeth and are interested in a permanent restorative solution, contact our office today to schedule a dental implant consultation.