An estimated 50 million Americans wear prosthetic dental devices – bridges, partials, or dentures. Many of these people struggle with ill-fitting or loose dentures. If you’d like a more permanent and stable solution to replace missing teeth, ask Dr. Salibian about dental implants in Belmont, MA. Made of biocompatible titanium, dental implants are small posts that replace tooth roots. Each implant can secure a single crown, or a few implants can anchor a denture, partial, or bridge.
Dental implants can transform your quality of life. Denture wearers no longer need to hassle with messy creams or intensive daily denture care routines. Instead, snaps on the base of the denture fasten to heads of the implant posts, providing dependable stability. With implants, you can also eat what you like, whenever you like, as if your natural, healthy teeth were still intact.
Not only will they improve your day-to-day life, but dental implants have unique health benefits that you can’t get with other replacements. Because they are rooted in your jawbone, they provide your jaw with the stimulation that it needs to stay strong and healthy. When you lose teeth, your jawbone can deteriorate overtime if they aren’t replaced with dental implants. Dental implants are also easy to care for, and they’re the longest-lasting replacement available, as they can last for a lifetime with proper care.
Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or your whole smile, we can successfully use dental implants to replace and restore your teeth. Here are the different types of restorations that we use to bring back the look, feel and function to your smile:
If you’re missing a single tooth, you can replace it with an implant-retained dental crown to complete your grin. We fabricate this custom-made crown to match the size, shape, and color of your natural dental structure. This gives you a seamless tooth replacement that keeps you healthy and maintains your appearance.
Are you missing multiple teeth consecutively? Dr. Salibian can use an implant-retained dental bridge to literally “bridge” the gap in your smile with a custom-made prosthetic. Dental implants on either side of your gap will anchor your bridge in place, allowing for a full and functional set of teeth.
If you’re missing all of your teeth, you can still receive the benefits of dental implants. We can use implant-retained dentures to restore complete rows of teeth with the security, strength, and health advantages of dental implants. After the posts are strategically placed in your jawbone, we will attach your dentures to give you confidence to eat, speak, and laugh.
The cost of dental implants can vary based on factors like the number of teeth you’re missing, where you’re missing them, and the condition of your oral health. The best way to receive a fair and precise estimate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Salibian. He will carefully examine your oral health, the strength of your jawbone, and where you’re missing your teeth to develop a personalized treatment plan that will include an estimated cost.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are truly the best solution available today. However, before you invest in this treatment, you probably have a few questions. Don’t worry; we’ve collected some of the dental implant questions we get asked the most often and answered them down below for your benefit. If you have a dental implant question that you don’t see answered on this page, just give us a call and ask!
Believe it or not, most patients report very little discomfort during their implant procedure. Because getting dental implants requires oral surgery, you can expect to deal with some minor soreness or swelling for a few days following your implant placement. However, this can be easily managed as long as you take your prescribed pain medication. You could also apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth for up to 20 minutes at a time to cut down on discomfort and swelling.
This depends on the complexity of your procedure. If you’re only receiving one implant and undergoing very mild or no sedation, you can more than likely resume your day as normal after having your implant placed. On the other hand, if you’re getting several implants at once and receiving more advanced sedation, we recommend that you take the rest of the day, and ideally the next two or three days, to rest and recover.
Again, this depends on each individual person. It also depends on whether you’ll need any preliminary treatments, like a bone graft or gum disease therapy, before you can receive your implants, as those will add some time to your total healing process. In general, it takes anywhere from four to eight months for your implants to fully integrate with your jawbone and become sturdy enough to be attached to your new teeth.
One major consequence of tooth loss is that your jawbone starts to shrink due to no longer being stimulated by the roots of your teeth. As a result, the bone simply doesn’t have the strength to support implants. Fortunately, there is an option to strengthen your jawbone, called a bone graft. We can graft artificial bone tissue into the area. Then, over a few months, your jawbone will become strong enough to support as many implants as you need.
Yes, but you have an increased risk of implant failure. Smoking or chewing tobacco slows down the oral healing process known as osseointegration, wherein your jawbone grows around the implant until the two essentially become one. If this process doesn’t occur, your body will ultimately reject the implant, meaning the surgery was for nothing. If you’re considering getting dental implants, we highly recommend you consider quitting beforehand.
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