Dental implants are the best and most innovative solution to missing teeth in modern dentistry. Every day, we see mouths healed and lives changed through the installation of dental implants. They can fasten bridges and dentures in place, as well as serving as replacements for individual teeth. If you are missing a single tooth, we can use a dental implant to give you a permanent replacement without damaging adjacent teeth.
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. This process is called osseointegration. Research has shown this type of implants is 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 removable bridges, dental implants are highly recommended. Some of the advantages of dental implants are:
Natural look: Dental implants have no visible metal fixtures; once finished, they appear to be healthy, natural teeth.
Full function: A single crown or a bridge supported by a dental implant functions like your natural teeth. You can speak, eat, and smile as you would naturally. Even full dentures are at their most secure and reliable when fastened using dental implants.
Permanence: A successful dental implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth and, with proper care, should never need to be replaced.
Ease of care: Cleaning dental implants is as simple as brushing and flossing the way you would with your own natural teeth. This means you can care for them without changing your everyday routine.
Retention of bone structure: Where teeth are missing, the surrounding bone will abate, which can affect other teeth and eventually change the shape of your face. Dental implants stimulate bone tissue and allow you to keep your healthy bone mass and jaw profile.
The placement of dental implants is a surgical procedure best performed by a periodontist. Periodontal 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 taking care of your natural teeth.
Standard dental implant treatment protocols require an implant to be integrated with 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 implants 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. Dental Partners of Boston's implant dentists have been successfully utilizing several systems for immediate dental implants, including Teeth in One Visit and Teeth in an Hour.
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.