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Dental Implants — Watertown, MA

The Best Way to Replace Lost Teeth

Gaps left by missing teeth do more than cause embarrassment — they also have significant negative effects on oral health. Lost teeth may make it difficult for you to chew. They can also cause the other teeth to drift out of place. Eventually, further tooth loss may occur. Clearly, replacing missing teeth is important. At All Dental Center, we offer several tooth replacement options, the most advantageous of which is dental implants from our Watertown, MA dentist. This state-of-the-art treatment rebuilds teeth from the roots up. Read on or give us a call today to find out why dental implants in Watertown are the best way to replace lost teeth.

Why Choose All Dental For Dental Implants?

What Is A Dental Implant?

Model showing dental implants in Watertown

Simply put, a dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. It is a small metal post that is somewhat screw shaped. In most cases, they are constructed out of surgical-grade titanium — the same material used for artificial joints. Implants are inserted into the jawbone during a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Then, over the course of a few months, they bond with the tissue around them in a process known as osseointegration. This replaces the missing tooth roots and creates a strong, natural foundation for the replacement tooth or teeth. After that, they get “restored” when a crown, bridge, or denture is placed on top of them.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Illustration showing how dental implants in Watertown work

Many dental offices are able to perform only part of the dental implant process. They may just restore the implants after an outside specialist surgically places them in the jawbone. At All Dental Center in Watertown, however, we have the skills, experience, and equipment necessary to provide comprehensive implant services. Our experienced team can be with you from the initial consultation all the way until the moment your new teeth are in place. Read on below to learn more about how dental implants work in Watertown.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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When you come in for your first consultation with your implant dentist in Watertown, our team will take some X-Rays, learn about your medical history and relevant lifestyle factors, and perform a thorough visual examination of your mouth. Based on the information we gather, we will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants right away, or if you need preliminary treatment before you can move forward with tooth replacement. We will help you understand the road ahead and take time to answer any questions that you may have.

Dental Implant Surgery

Relaxed patient, ready for his dental implant surgery

We are able to perform this complex surgery right here in our office, so you will not have to worry about getting acquainted with an outside specialist. Many patients enjoy the peace of mind provided by our streamlined dental implant services.

During the procedure, we will numb your mouth. You may also be sedated. Once you are comfortable, we will create incisions in your gums in order to access your jawbone. Next, we will insert the implants are precise, pre-planned positions. We will then close the incisions so you can begin the healing process.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Illustration of implant, abutment, and crown between natural teeth

After your surgery, osseointegration will begin. This is the biological process through which dental implants bond with the surrounding bone tissue. It enables them to serve as strong, sturdy prosthetic tooth roots. Typically, successful osseointegration takes at least a few months.

Following osseointegration, you will undergo a minor surgery. We will expose the tops of your implants and place healing caps on them. Later, you will receive abutments, which are small attachments that will keep your dental implants in place. (The dental implant process varies between individuals. Some patients receive abutments at the same time as their initial implant surgery.)

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Happy patient using mirror to admire her new restorations

After your abutments are in place, it will be time for us to design your restorations, the artificial teeth that will go on top of your implants. To do so, we will take impressions of your mouth, carefully select the color for your new teeth, and communicate closely with the lab that will create them. Once the lab finishes fabricating your restorations, we will verify that they meet our expectations before we secure them onto your dental implants in Watertown. You will then be able to begin enjoying all the magnificent benefits of your rebuilt smile.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants offer a broad range of advantages and are superior to other tooth replacement options in a number of ways. Implants are:

Who dental Implants can help

Watertown implant dentist and patient discussing dental implants

Dental implants in Watertown can address virtually any level of tooth loss. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth, you may be a candidate for them. When you come in for your consultation, we will carefully examine your mouth, learn about your goals, and start designing your custom treatment plan. Some patients need some preliminary procedures before they can move forward with implants, but most adults with missing teeth do qualify for this treatment!


Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Woman with all on four dental implants smiling

Some common traits of candidates for dental implants include:

  • Fair overall health. You should be well enough to recover from minor surgery. Any chronic health conditions that affect your body’s ability to heal should be well-managed.
  • Good oral health. You must be free of active gum disease and other issues that might have an adverse effect on your implants.
  • A strong and adequately sized jawbone. Your bone will integrate with your implants, so it is important that it be large enough and strong enough to do so.

If you are not a candidate for implants right away, you may become one after a bone graft or other preparatory procedures by your dental implant dentist in Watertown.


Missing 1 Tooth

Man with one missing top tooth

To replace a single tooth, we insert one dental implant in the jawbone. After a healing period of a few months, it integrates with the surrounding tissue. Thereafter, we can restore it with a single, custom-made dental crown. Although an implant can cost more than a traditional three-unit bridge, it is the better option. A regular bridge is neither as strong nor as long-lasting as an implant. Moreover, while a traditional bridge requires that the supporting teeth be significantly modified, a dental implant allows the nearby teeth to remain intact.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Man with multiple missing teeeth

If your missing teeth are all adjacent to one another, we may use an implant-supported bridge to replace them. This type of restoration usually consists of two crowns, which are supported by dental implants, one at each end of the gap. Between the crowns are one or more pontics (artificial teeth) that finish filling in the empty space.

If your missing teeth are not consecutive, we will consider other treatment options. You may benefit from an implant-supported partial denture or a few single-implant crowns. The solution that is best for you will depend on your unique circumstances.

Missing All Teeth

Dental patient missing all of his teeth

For edentulous (missing all teeth) patients, we can strategically place a number of implants throughout the jawbone. They will support a denture. An implant denture may be permanently fixed in place, or it may be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of the implants with the help of small attachments.

Alternatively, you may be a candidate for All-on-4 treatment. With this procedure, we place four dental implants into the jaw at places where the bone is naturally thickest and strongest. On the same day as the placement surgery, we attach a temporary denture to the implants. After osseointegration, we provide a permanent denture.

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All-On-4 Dental Implants/ Teeth-in-a-Day

Woman with all on four dental implants smiling

With the All-on-4 procedure, we place four dental implants into the jaw at places where the bone is naturally thickest and strongest. On the same day as the placement surgery, we attach a temporary denture to the implants. After osseointegration, we provide a permanent denture.

Mini Dental Implants

Woman with mini dental implants smiling

A mini dental implant is the same length as a traditional implant. However, its circumference is smaller. We might suggest that you receive mini implants if you do not have enough bone structure to support traditional ones, or if we are replacing a tooth at the front of the mouth.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

Dentist and patient discussing cost of dental implants in Watertown

Admittedly, the initial cost of dental implants in Watertown is quite a bit higher than that of traditional tooth replacement options. But implants are more than worth it! They offer benefits that you cannot get from other types of restorations. You can expect us to be forthright with you about the cost of your treatment, and we will do all we can to help you afford your new smile. We want everyone to be able to enjoy this potentially life-changing treatment.

Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery

Smiling male patient, ready for dental implant treatment

Some patients require preliminary treatments before they get dental implants in Watertown. For example, you might need to undergo tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or a bone graft. Each of these services comes with its own fee.

The dental implant surgery has a separate cost, which depends on how many dental implants you are receiving, the amount and type of sedation used, and other factors. Since we can perform this complex procedure in-house, you will not have to worry about dealing with the pricing structure of an outside specialist.

The Parts of Your Dental Implant

Dental implant, abutment, and crown isolated against gray background

Not all dental implants are the same, just like no two patients are the same. The cost of your procedure will depend on things like:

  • The manufacturer of your implants. We strive to use only high-quality materials.
  • The size of your implants. Implants vary in size depending on where in the mouth they are going to be placed, as well as on a patient’s unique bone structure.
  • The type of restoration you receive. Crowns, bridges, and dentures all have different price points.

How Dental Implants Can Save You Money

Smiling man, enjoying the money-saving benefits of dental implants

Dental implants cost more upfront than other forms of tooth replacement. However, they are an excellent long-term value. They can help you save money in a few ways:

  • Dental implants have the potential to last for a lifetime, meaning that you only have to pay for them once! Dentures, on the other hand, should usually be replaced every 5 – 7 years.
  • Improved health. Implants support your oral and overall health, so you are likely to end up paying less for future dental and medical treatments.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?

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Dental insurance policies vary greatly in how they approach dental implants. You will have to check your specific plan to see how it applies. If it does not help you pay for the implants themselves, it is likely to cover at least a portion of the cost of preliminary treatments or your final restoration. Our team members are pros at dealing with dental insurance. You can rely on us to help you get the most out of your benefits.

Making Dental Implants Affordable

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As your implant dentist in Watertown, we want to help you afford your treatment. Here are a few provisions that we offer:

  • You may qualify for a low-interest payment plan through CareCredit.
  • Essential Dental plan. This discount plan provides reduced fees on most of the services that we provide.
  • FREE dental implant consultation. You can take the first step on your dental implant journey for nothing out of pocket.

Maintaining & Caring for Your Dental Implants

Smiling woman in yellow sweater with dental implants in Watertown

Your dental implants have the potential to provide you with a lifetime of healthy, strong, and confident smiles. However, they can only reach that potential if you follow some basic guidelines for proper dental implant care in Watertown. Below, you will find information on how you can help your new teeth stand the test of time.

Make Oral Hygiene a Priority

Woman putting toothpaste on brush, preparing to clean her teeth

Even though your dental implants in Watertown cannot get cavities, oral hygiene remains as important as ever. It can prevent dangerous infections, such as peri-implantitis, that could lead to implant failure. You should:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush
  • Floss once a day, taking care to be gentle around your dental implants
  • Use an antibacterial mouth rinse if recommended by your dentist
  • Drink plenty of water

Eat a Healthy Diet

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Dental implants can stand up to virtually any food, so you should feel free to indulge in all of your favorite treats. However, similar to natural teeth, some foods are better for implants than others. Sticky, sugary, and hard foods should be enjoyed only in moderation. Highly acidic foods should also be limited. Instead, try to center your diet around items that are rich in tooth-friendly nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin C, phosphorous, and vitamin D.

Break Bad Habits

Man breaking cigarette to protect his dental implants

Some habits that could damage your implants or their restorations include:

  • This is a major risk factor for dental implant failure. Your primary care practitioner may be able to offer practical suggestions to help you quit.
  • Using your teeth as tools. Whether you are opening a package or trimming your fingernails, you run the risk of breaking one of your restorations.
  • Chewing on hard objects. You should not bite down on ice, pen caps, or other hard items.

Protect Your Dental Implants

Fit young man placing mouthguard in his mouth

Your dental implants are strong, but they are not impervious to damage. If you play sports, you should always wear a mouthguard during practices and games. Similarly, if you grind your teeth at night, you might need a nightguard to place a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Although over-the-counter mouthguards offer a degree of protection, custom ones from a dentist are more comfortable and more effective.

Schedule Regular Dental Checkups

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Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, regular visits to your implant dentist in Watertown remain as important as ever. During these visits, we may remove your restorations, clean your implant abutments, and inspect your mouth for any early signs of infection. We aim to catch problems well before they are serious enough that they could cause your implants to fail. Feel free to ask questions during your appointments — we want all of our patients to feel well-informed about their oral health!

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implant, abutment, and crown against gray background

Dental implants in Watertown are one of the most advanced treatments we offer. They also represent a big commitment of time for patients, so it is understandable if you want to gather as much information as possible before you commit to a consultation. To help you out, we have compiled a brief list of answers to some of the most common questions we get about dental implants. If you do not see answers to your specific questions, give us a call — we will be happy to speak with you.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care, dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime. They form a bond with the jawbone that, ideally, is permanent. Of course, whether your dental implants stand the test of time will depend on several factors. For example, diligent oral hygiene and regular dental visits can reduce the risk that an infection will attack the tissue around your implants and lead to their failure. If you apply our advice for caring for your implants, it is likely that they will last several times longer than any other form of tooth replacement that you might receive.

Can I Take Dental Implants Out?

Dental implants bond with the jawbone, so it is virtually impossible for you to remove them without surgical intervention by a highly trained dental professional. Typically, we remove implants only if a patient’s health makes it absolutely necessary.

With that being said, some types of implant restorations (artificial teeth) are easy for patients to remove on their own. For example, you might get a denture that snaps onto and off of small attachments on top of your implants.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

The placement surgery itself is fairly comfortable. Thanks to local anesthesia — and in many cases, sedation — patients feel little to nothing while our team is inserting the implants into the jawbone. After the surgery, you can expect some soreness and tenderness. We will give you instructions to keep your discomfort to a minimum. For example, we might prescribe pain medication, advise you to manage swelling with a cold compress, and encourage you to get plenty of rest. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a day or two of the surgery, but some soreness may linger for significantly longer than that. If you experience any severe pain during your recovery, call your implant dentist in Watertown right away.

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

Dental implant failure is relatively rare, but when it does occur, it is usually due to an infection known as peri-implantitis. It occurs when bacteria attack the tissue around an implant, compromising its base of support. Peri-implantitis often stems from poor oral hygiene.  Another possible reason for implant failure is unsuccessful osseointegration (a failure of the jawbone to bond with the implants). This may occur due to underlying health conditions or other issues. If we find that you have any significant risk factors for dental implant failure, our team will be sure to discuss them with you.

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