Brookline Dental Implants from Your Boston Dentist
Replacing missing teeth once meant only restoring those parts of your smile visible above the gum line. While these traditional tooth replacements like fixed bridges and removable dentures are preferable to foregoing tooth replacement altogether, most dentists have started to encourage patients to consider replacing their teeth from the roots up with dental implants. Unlike the other tooth replacement options, dental implants allow our team to replace the lost tooth root structure that provides natural function and support that improves stability and maintains jawbone density and gum tissue volume. If you want to learn more about dental implants or any of your tooth replacement options, call the Boston Smile Center team to schedule an appointment in our Brookline dentistry practice today. Our skilled Boston Dentist and team look forward to helping you create a tooth replacement plan that meets your needs, schedule, and budget.
Dental Implant Placement
The dental implant supported tooth replacement process is completed over the course of two treatment phases. The first phase of treatment is the surgical preparation and placement of dental implants. To prepare the smile for implant supported tooth replacement, we may need to remove one or more damaged teeth or perform a gum or bone tissue graft to ensure the successful placement of the implant. The implant placement itself is a relatively conservative treatment. We simply make a small incision in the gums. Then, the implant is positioned. A protective cap is affixed to the implant. This cap allows the post to fuse with the gums and maintains the space needed to attach the restoration. It can take anywhere from three to six months for an implant to fully fuse with the supportive structures.
Dental Implant Restoration
Once your implant post has fused with the gum tissue and jawbone, you’ll return for the restoration phase of treatment. We will typically recommend the following implant and restoration combinations:
- One implant post – can be used to support a single dental crown to replace one tooth, or we may even be able to support two fused together crowns to replace two consecutive teeth.
- Two implants – for two or more consecutive missing teeth, we may place a fixed bridge that is supported on both sides by dental implant posts. Some very smile partial dentures may also be supported by just two implants.
- Three or more implants – for patients missing numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth, three or more implant posts will be used to support a partial or full denture.
The Cost of Dental Implants
Every dental implant supported tooth replacement plan is unique, and the prices for these treatments vary dramatically. In order to give an accurate estimate of the cost, we will need to review your unique situation. The cost of treatment will be impacted by a number of factors, including:
- Whether or not you need preparatory procedures like tooth extraction or tissue grafting.
- The number of implants needed.
- The use of dental sedation methods.
- The type of dental restoration.
Dental Implant Patient Testimonials
This patient was so happy to finally have a complete smile, he said "now I can smile as big as I want without worrying if my missing tooth is showing"
Lynn was thrilled to finally be rid of her removable dental appliance and have permanent teeth again. She said with a big smile "it's been a long time coming"
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Our Boston dentist and team know patients will have a lot of questions before beginning a complex treatment plan like implant supported tooth replacement. Below, you’ll find answers to some of those frequently asked questions, but please don’t hesitate to ask for more information at your next visit.
Will Dental Implants Improve my Denture?
They can. Traditional, removable dentures are only able to restore about 20% of chewing function. An implant supported denture will renew 70% or more. This means you can eat a wider range of foods, speak without worrying about denture slipping, and avoid other hassles associated with denture fit.
How Long will my Implant Last?
Dental implants can last two decades or longer with proper care. Many patients are able to maintain their implant restoration for the rest of their lives.
How do I Care for my Implants?
Caring for your implant retained tooth replacement should not be much different than your regular oral hygiene routine. You’ll need to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office for regular checkups. If you have a more advanced tooth replacement prosthetic like an implant retained partial or full denture, we will walk you through some basics to make sure your smile stays healthy. Specifically, you may need to use special floss tools or water flossers to ensure you can remove plaque buildup between the denture and soft tissue. Without proper care, patients are at risk for perioimplantitis. This is a type of gum disease that affects patients who have dental implants. If you want our help cleaning your implant thoroughly or deciding what products to use, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll be happy to help.More Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions