March 31, 2016
Dental implants are the best thing, next to natural, healthy teeth. Dental implants are often the first choice and a standard of care compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are strong, stable and long-lasting alternatives to dental bridges, which typically last less than 10 years and need to be replaced. Although dental implants may need periodic adjustments they are built to last a lifetime, when properly built by an experienced dentist, such as Dr. Richard S. Lewis and properly cared for with regular checkups, cleanings, brushing and flossing!
Dental implants are a very popular treatment to replace missing, broken, decayed, weak or unsalvageable teeth. To get a dental implant, all a patient needs is sufficient bone to support the dental implant root (fixture).
For those reading this blog that are new to the world of dental implants, a dental implant consists of 3 parts: the fixture (anchor, the implant supported crown, and an abutment piece that connects the crown to the root).
But what if there is not enough bone to support the implant fixture?
Good news – Dr. Richard Lewis & Associates can graft bone with minor surgery called “site preparation”. Site preparation requires bone grafting and bone regeneration materials placed at the dental implant site to allow new bone to form and generate enough volume to hold the dental implant root. To prepare the dental implant site, the dentist either takes bone cells from a donor site in your mouth (autograft) or special processed grafting materials from another source such as synthetic materials (allograft), which are processed and safe for human use.
The grafted bone cells form a scaffold at the dental implant site for building new bone on top of existing bone. Most often, the bone graft is covered by a membrane, which acts as a protective cover above the bone graft and below the gum that allows the graft to achieve its maximum volume. Once the graft is healed, the membrane either dissolves by itself or can be easily removed.
Grafting and membrane removal are regular, routine procedures in dental implant dentistry. These procedures are usually done with Novocain in addition to antibiotics and analgesics, as appropriate.
In our 01803 dental office, bone grafting, bone regeneration, and other gum procedures are performed by our associate Burlington Periodontist, Dr. Yumi Ogata.
If you are looking for dental implants in Burlington, Billerica, Lexington, Winchester, Woburn, Wilmington, or Bedford, call Richard Lewis DMD & Associates at (781) 272-5890. We are conveniently located at the Burlington Medical Center, 281 Cambridge St., Burlington, MA 01803.
Where your implant needs can be performed “all under one roof”.
We are your 01803 dentist.
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