Dental Implants Provided by our Burlington Dentist
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants are ideal for people who need to replace missing or broken teeth or patients who want dentures to function better while chewing. The biggest advantage of implants is that you can leave the adjacent teeth intact and don’t have to drill or remove enamel. They’re also very esthetic. There are no metal clips, clasps or arms. You can do either single tooth implant or multiple teeth. Most patients with missing teeth, dentures, or unsaveable teeth can have dental implants.
What Is a Dental Implant?
No matter what implant company you use, there are three parts to every dental implant. First there is a fixture, which is equal to the root of the tooth. Second there is an abutment, which is the middle of the tooth that connects the crown to the fixture. Finally, there is a crown that sits on top of the abutment.
Implants are the most durable restoration known to dentistry. There are very few failures. They work very well with the gums around the implant. They need less maintenance than natural teeth, because you can’t get a cavity or gingivitis.
How Long Does the Entire Process Take?
It is patient specific or case specific. In some cases, there’s something called an “immediate implant”, in which the patient experiences virtually no downtime. This is when we do an implant and a temporary crown in one day. A single implant surgery can be performed in around 45 minutes. The patient comes back in a week to check the healing. In three months their permanent crown is delivered. In the meantime, they can smile and use the tooth right away while they’re healing. An esthetic temporary is always provided during this period of time.
Some situations take longer, however, in every instance we are prepared to make immediate cosmetic temporaries. The patient never goes without good looking teeth.
What Does the Actual Procedure Day Entail?
The new technologies of 3 dimensional x-rays and models are making it very user friendly for the dentist and the patient. They streamline all the procedures and make getting implants very efficient.
The average recovery period for a single tooth implant is about a day. Multiple implants placed the same day are a little more stressful but are still less of a recovery than getting wisdom teeth pulled or a root canal.
How Do You Choose a Qualified Dentist for the Procedure?
First a qualified dentist would start with a thorough examination and diagnosis to study the situation. Three dimensional models and x-rays are very important. Second, the dentist has to be a good listener to the patient’s needs. Third, the dentist should be able to explain what is necessary to accomplish the procedure in terms the patient feels comfortable with and understands. You should also choose a dentist that helps make you feel comfortable and at ease during the entire process. Finally, one should choose a dentist who is team oriented because implants usually involve the whole dental office and a dental lab.
If you are unsatisfied with your appearance or existing denture, you will experience drastic changes with the versatility, reliability, and affordability of dental implants. We want you to experience the confidence of a beautiful smile.
Please feel free to contact our office at (781) 272-5890 to schedule a free consultation.