Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace missing teeth with the most natural results possible. It restores both the look and function that mimics a natural tooth. A dental implant will also restore your long-term dental health and the integrity of your jaw structure. Your dentist can use them to replace one lost tooth, many missing teeth, or to secure a bridge or denture. We work with patients on an individual basis to find out if dental implants in Westborough are the right choice for their tooth replacement needs.

Dental Implants at our Westborough, MA Dental Office

A dental implant replaces the two main components of your missing tooth: the crown and the root. The parts of a dental implant will stabilize oral health, tooth position, and jaw structure. An implant that replaces a single tooth has three main parts:

  1. The Implant Post: The post is a surgical-grade titanium screw. The dentist surgically places this tiny post in your jaw bone.
  2. Abutment: The dentist will attach an abutment to the top of the post. But before that, we have to wait for your gums and soft tissues to heal after the implant post surgical procedure. The abutment will secure the final restoration.
  3. Final Restoration: Your dentist will attach a custom-made dental crown to the abutment to complete the dental implant treatment process. We will restore your normal chewing function without sacrificing the look of your natural teeth.

The Dental Implant Process

The process for replacing lost teeth with dental implants begins with a consultation. Our dentist will first assess your needs and goals for tooth replacement. If the dentist decides that implant dentistry is the best option for you, we will arrange all phases of treatment. The placement of dental implants spans over a period of several months.

At your next appointment, we will address any base concerns that may interfere with the success of the procedure. This may include fixing gum disease, removing dead teeth, etc.

Then, we will begin the surgical placement of the titanium post into the jaw. We work with experienced local specialists who use modern tools to surgically place your dental implant or several implants. After oral surgery, we will give you time to heal and adjust to the titanium post.

Once your gums heal over the post, typically a 3-6 month period of time, you will return to our office for the abutment. Your dentist will attach the abutment to the post, or a temporary dental bridge or denture if we are replacing many teeth. Next, your dentist will take measurements and attach a temporary crown so that you can use your mouth normally. We will send the measurements to our dental lab so they can create a new crown specific for your mouth.

The last step is receiving your new dental crown or other restoration. Once the lab completes the build, they will send it to us and we will call you back into the office. Finally, your dentist will complete the process by attaching the new crown, denture, or bridge. He will polish it and make sure you are happy with the results.

How long does a dental bridge last?

A dental implant can last a lifetime. Keeping your implant stable and healthy requires a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental care. Your dentist will show you the proper way of brushing and flossing around the dental implant. We will also provide tips on how to maintain it.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

In most cases, dental insurance does not cover the cost of teeth implants. If you have dental benefits, we will work with you to see if they will cover any portion of the treatment plan. In some cases, dental insurance will not cover the entire procedure if it’s strictly for cosmetic reasons.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Educating patients when replacing a tooth or securing an appliance is an important part of the treatment planning process. We want our patients to play an active role in their oral health needs and cosmetic goals. This will help your dentist make sure that your dental care results are long-lasting.

When you compare dental implants to alternatives such as a dental bridge or removable cosmetic denture, they offer better benefits for both oral and overall health. Some benefits include:

  • Replaces the Lost Tooth Root. The implant post serves as a prosthetic tooth root. It will stimulate cell growth in the jaw bone and minimize changes to the shape of the jaw. Your bite patter will improve and prevent facial sagging.
  • No Dietary Restrictions! Since the dentist permanently secures dental implants to the jaw, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods. There is virtually no foods you have to avoid, but you should still treat them like real teeth. Refrain from using your teeth to open things and to chew ice.
  • Confident Speech. The stability of a permanent repair allows normal speech and can restore confidence in your smile. Patients who have been suffering from either tooth loss or a bad fitting denture that slips love dental implants.
  • No Need for the use of Daily Adhesives. They are not removable and do not require special daily maintenance, just a good oral hygiene routine. You will not need to buy special products to maintain your dental implant. Also, you will have no fear of the restoration falling out.
  • No Gum Irritation. A secure and stable fit means that the gums and soft tissues are not subject to the movement of a denture. An ill-fitting denture can lead to irritation and gum disease.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

There have been many advances in the materials and techniques for placing dental implants. The door is open for patients who may have bone loss, gum recession, and other side effects of lost teeth. The staff at our dental office takes the time to evaluate your dental health needs and discuss your cosmetic goals. We will present relevant treatment options that will fix the root of the issue. Request your next dental exam online, or give us a call at 508.366.0550 for dental implant treatment.