Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants in Boston?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may want to consider dental implants to improve your smile as well as your dental health. There are many benefits of dental implants, and they’re the most long-lasting, effective solution to replace your missing teeth.
In this blog, the doctors at Boston Center for Oral Health will explain how you can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Boston.
What are dental implants?
They are replacement tooth roots and teeth that are surgically placed in your jaw bone and secured under the gums.
The implant procedure is performed by a prosthodontist (a doctor with expertise in restoring and replacing teeth) and a periodontist (a doctor with expertise in gum disease and supporting bone, as well as placing implants).
The teeth attached to the implants restore and often improve a patient's smile while still looking natural. They also help ensure that the teeth function as they should.
What are the reasons for getting dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. They fuse with your bone and become permanent, lasting a lifetime in many cases. Patients get dental implants in Boston in order to do the following:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by adjacent teeth shifting into the space where the missing tooth was
- Restore a patient’s confident smile
- Prevent bone loss that can occur in the area without a tooth since the root isn’t stimulating and stabilizing the bond
- Prevent the jaw, muscle, and skin issues that can result from bone loss
- Prevent gum recession around adjacent teeth
- Prevent excessive wear in adjacent teeth
- Restore proper chewing, speech, and digestion
- Restore or improve facial tissues
- Secure a bridge or denture, making them more less likely to slip
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A patient who wants to get implants needs to have good oral health and healthy gum tissues.
The ideal dental implant candidates:
- Have healthy teeth and gums
- Have sufficient bone density to support the dental implant
- Are committed to good oral hygiene – Dental implants don’t require a lot of special care, but you’ll need to brush and floss regularly and have regular checkups
- Do not suffer from uncontrolled diabetes or an autoimmune disorder that could impact your ability to heal
- Have not had treatment with bisphosphonate medications (used to treat osteoporosis and similar diseases)
- Are non-smokers or are willing to stop smoking during the dental implant process. Smoking can impair healing and make you more likely to experience bone loss around the implant.
- Understand that the process can take four to twelve months, so you’ll need to be willing to commit this amount of time to the dental implant procedure. After the bone material is placed, it can take a full six months to heal. The implant is placed after the bone grafting site has healed. After the implant has been placed, it can take an additional six months to heal before the crown can be placed.
Where can I get evaluated for dental implants in Boston?
Our team of dentists at Boston Center for Oral Health includes board certified prosthodontist Dr. Sam Shamardi and board certified prosthodontist and periodontist Dr. Hans-Peter Weber, a worldwide expert in the field of dental implants.
Both doctors perform dental implant procedures that give patients new teeth that look, feel, and function like their own. We can replace missing teeth and also provide fixed solutions alternatives to partial and full dentures.
At your first visit, our dental implant experts will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine whether a dental implant procedure is right for you.
To get started on improving your smile as well as your dental health, schedule an appointment at Boston Center for Oral Health and get evaluated for dental implants in Boston.