At Dental Partners of Boston, our treatment of choice for one or more missing teeth is dental implants. With ongoing research and over a quarter century of clinical success, we are confident in recommending osseointegrated dental implants for our patients. With over 10,000 osseointegrated dental implants cases, the Dental Partners of Boston is one of the leading centers for osseointegrated dental implants in New England.
Dental implants consist of small metal fixtures rooted in your jawbone that can support one or more replacement teeth. Implants use biocompatible materials, which allow your bone to grow around them and between their ridges, fusing them in place with the strength of a natural tooth root. Research has shown these type of implants are effective in over ninety-six percent of all patients treated.
Dental implants work as an aesthetic and functional replacement for missing teeth. While there are other options to address tooth loss, such as removeable bridges, dental implants are highly recommended. Some of the advantages of dental implants are:
The placing of dental implants is a surgical procedure best performed by a periodontist. Periodontic education includes specific training with dental implants, allowing placement with care and precision that will provide the best chance for the implant's successful integration.
After initial exams to determine where the implant must be placed and ensure you have sufficient bone mass to support it, we will place a small metal fixture in your upper or lower jaw in the space normally occupied by the roots of the missing teeth. This fixture can support a single dental crown, a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or a fastening for dentures.
Over time, the surrounding bone will grow right up against the implant, securing it permanently. Usually, there is a period of months between the implant installation and the attachment of the permanent crown or bridge to ensure that the implant integrates properly with the bone; however, in some cases, it is possible to install both the implant and the crown in a single procedure. Caring for your implants is similar to any other surgery at first and then like taking care of your natural teeth.
Standard dental implant treatment protocols require an implant had to be integrated in bone prior to loading. But for many patients, one-stage surgery and immediate dental implants can shorten the process to a single visit. At Dental Partners of Boston, we've successfully provided same day implant for many happy patients. The advantages of immediate dental implants are easy to recognize: they allow for immediate replacement of a lost tooth without the need for a waiting period or temporary stop-gap measures.
To learn if you are a candidate for dental implants, including immediate dental implants, from a Dental Partners of Boston implant dentist, please contact our Boston dentist office today or request an appointment.