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.
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.
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. We can spare you the hassle of traveling to another dental office and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that a team you know and trust will be with you throughout your entire tooth replacement journey.
Dental implants offer a broad range of advantages and are superior to other tooth replacement options in a number of ways. Implants are:
Dental implants 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.
To replace a single tooth, we insert one dental implant in the jawbone. After it integrates with the surrounding tissue, we restore it with a single, custom-made dental crown. Most patients prefer a single dental implant over a traditional three-unit bridge, which is neither as strong nor as long-lasting as an implant.
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, at each end of the gap. Between the crowns are one or more artificial teeth that finish filling in the empty space
For edentulous (missing all teeth) patients, we can strategically place a number of implants throughout the jawbone. They will support a denture. An implant-retained 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.
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.
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.
The overall cost of your dental implants will depend on a number of factors, including the nature of any necessary preparatory treatment, the number of implants being used, and the material used to create your final restoration. We will be sure to give you a forthright estimate of the cost of each phase of your treatment so you can plan your budget accordingly. While most types of dental insurance do not cover dental implants themselves, your policy might cover other parts of your tooth replacement process, such as extractions or your final restoration. Most patients also qualify for low-interest financing.
Admittedly, the initial cost of dental implants 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. Additionally, they have the potential to last for decades. Their longevity may even make them a better long-term value than traditional dentures, which usually need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.