Dental Implants in Boston: The FAQ
Do you have questions about dental implants in Boston? You’re not alone. Take some time to read through Dr. Sasson’s FAQ, then feel free to contact us with any remaining questions!
Q: How do dental implants work?
A: Dental implants replace the entire structure of your missing tooth: that is, its visible portion as well as the supportive root. Each dental implant is surgically placed beneath the gum line, where the jaw bone grows around the titanium post in the process known as osseointegration. After the dental implant and the bone have grown together, the post is sturdy enough to support the new tooth for years to come.
Q: What’s the procedure for dental implants?
A: Dental implants are surgically placed by your qualified implant dentist or oral surgeon. Dr. Alan Sasson and his team provide full service dental implant care, from implantation to restoration. First, we’ll put together a treatment plan for completing your smile. Local anesthesia numbs the jaw for your comfort during the procedure. Using surgical guides for extreme precision, he places the predetermined number of dental implants beneath the gums. The treatment site is then closed with sutures and the jaw is allowed to heal.
Q: How long do dental implants take?
A: In all, the procedure for dental implants may take from four to eight months. If preparatory bone grafting treatments are necessary to increase the volume of the jawbone before implantation, the entire procedure will take longer. Dr. Sasson will talk you through your plan and let you know how long you can expect the treatment to last.
Q: Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A: Many adults are good candidates for dental implants. You should be in good oral and overall health, healthy enough to recover from an invasive procedure, to undergo the surgery for dental implants. People who have diseases that affect the immune system or patients with periodontitis may be ineligible for the procedure.
Q: What are alternative options to dental implants?
A: Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement, because they replace your missing tooth as well as its root. Alternative options include the traditional crown and bridge or non-implant retained dentures and partials.
Q: How much do dental implants cost?
A: The total cost for your dental implants depends on where in the jaw they are located, how many you need, and which type is best for you. But no matter the cost, you can feel confident knowing you are making the best investment in the long run. Dental implants last for a lifetime, unlike non-implant retained options, which must be replaced as the jawbone diminishes and loses its volume over time.
Q: Where can I get dental implants in Boston?
A: Dr. Alan Sasson provides full-service dental implant are at Boston Smile Center. Many general dentists are qualified to perform the restoration of dental implants but must refer the initial placement out to a specialist -- but patients who visit our office benefit from the convenience of visiting one dentist for the entire dental implant procedure.
Q: Does my dental insurance cover dental implants?
A: Most dental insurance plans require patients to choose the least expensive treatment option, which does not include dental implants in tooth replacement. However, as the benefits of dental implants are becoming widely known, more dental insurance plans are expanding coverage to include implant dentistry. Contact our office to discuss the particulars of your plan.