What is Involved in Getting Dental Implants in Boston?

woman's smileIf you’ve lost one or more teeth, it may cause appearance as well as oral health issues. As you look to correct the problem, you may not want to get dentures due to the possible discomfort and maintenance involved. Dental implants provide a comfortable alternative that – with proper care – is likely to last a lifetime.

In this blog, the dentists of Boston Center for Oral Health will explain more about what’s involved in getting dental implants in Boston.

 

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed in your jaw where you’ve lost a tooth or multiple teeth. It helps anchor a replacement tooth (or teeth) or bridge securely in place.

 

What are the reasons for dental implants?

Dental implants are appealing to patients for the following reasons:

  • Appearance – They feel like natural teeth, and your dentist can also match their color to your existing teeth. Implants are secured within your jawbone, so people won’t be able to tell any difference between them and your regular teeth.
  • Permanence – Implants function as your regular teeth do, and they’re solidly supported since they fuse with bone. With proper care, many implants will last a lifetime.
  • Comfort – Implants are comfortable and unnoticeable, unlike dentures, which can slip and cause discomfort. Dentures can also cause problems with eating and speech if they’re slipping, and dental implants allow patients to avoid these issues.
  • Improved oral health – Implants, unlike tooth-supported bridges, don’t require nearby teeth to be altered, and they don’t cause bone damage. More of your natural teeth are left intact, and you’ll be able to easily access areas between your teeth to keep them clean.
  • Convenience – If you have dentures, you’ll have to use messy adhesives and remove them to clean them. Implants require no such extra maintenance and can be cared for just as your natural teeth are.
  • Ease of procedure – Local anesthetic is used during the dental implant procedure, and most people say the level of discomfort is minimal.

 

What is involved with getting dental implants?

Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and bite and will use this unique impression to create a replacement tooth (crown). A small post made of titanium is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. This helps serve as the tooth root implant, and your jawbone grows around it, helping to securely anchor it.

After about six to 12 weeks, the bonding should be complete. A small connector post is attached to the original post in order to securely hold the crown. The crown is then attached to the connector post.

You might feel a little sore after the procedure, but this can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication if needed.

 

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Most people are able to get dental implants in Boston, as long as they have healthy gums and enough bone is present to hold the implant. You’ll need to be committed to receiving regular dental care, and if you have health issues such as uncontrolled diabetes of heart disease, your dentist will need to make an individual determination as to whether dental implants are right for you. The same is true if you’re a heavy smoker or have had radiation therapy in the head and neck area.

In general, you may be a good candidate for dental implants in Boston if you:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have healthy tissues
  • Have sufficient bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
  • Don’t have health issues that may affect healing
  • Don’t want to – or can’t – wear dentures
  • Are committed to the steps, time, and routine dental aftercare involved

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Boston, schedule a consultation with Boston Center for Oral Health. We provide comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages and are home to specialists that include a preeminent worldwide expert in the field of dental implants.

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