Dental Implants Boston
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium or ceramic posts that are ‘implanted’ in the jawbone, acting as artificial tooth roots. Over time, they fuse with your bone and act as anchors for permanent replacement teeth.
Dental Implants Procedure
Tooth replacement begins with a consultation, an examination, and a ‘records visit’ including a CBCT, x-rays, photos, 3D scanned impressions, etc. A treatment plan is then discussed and created with you and your dentist. This plan may include tooth extractions and bone grafts to prepare the site for the dental implants and new teeth. There is often a period of healing between implant placement and the final installation of replacement teeth. Your prosthodontist, Dr. Spitz, will discuss your treatment plan with you and answer your questions.
Types of Dental Implants
Dr. Spitz will work with you to review the best options to replace your missing tooth or teeth:
- Single Tooth Implants: One implant to replace one tooth, or each missing tooth.
- Multiple Dental Implants: The most common solution, for people missing all or multiple teeth. They can be paired with full arch fixed (permanent) dentures or multiple individual crowns.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great option if you are missing one or more teeth, restoring long-term function and confidence, making a tremendous difference in your quality of life. They often outperform dental bridges or dentures because of their stability, benefits for jawbone health, natural look and feel, and cost-effectiveness over time. An implant candidate is anyone, at any age, who is missing one or more teeth, or is unhappy with their dentures.
The Smileboston Difference
Dr. Spitz is a highly trained prosthodontist and Dr. Taylor has a great eye for restorative dentistry. With this, most treatment is handled under the Smileboston roof: extractions, bone grafting, dental implants, replacement teeth, etc.
Dr. Spitz was the first dentist in the country to place dental implants using the Waterlase Dental Laser, utilizng the first laser to work with hard tissue; this reduces trauma and promotes healing. He also uses 3D digital dental impressions for precise implant placement and has been using it since he was a beta-tester for the original company.
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Dental Implant FAQ:
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost in Boston?
Obviously, each individual and treatment is unique. Dental implants are expensive and an investment in your health as the treatment includes the implant, abutment (piece that attaches the implant and the crown) and the crown, as well as other treatment that may be needed. This may include grafting, periodontal care, etc.
When Implants are placed well (or not!), they affect your entire life, and when done by a specialist, you can be sure of the experience and the long-term results. We begin with a consult to discuss your situation and medical history, and to complete a Records Visit that includes diagnostic work-up, CBCT, 3D dental impression, x-rays, photos, and the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result.
Before treatment begins, you will understand the financial responsibility involved in placing implants and creating your healthy smile. Once the treatment plan is in place, our patient coordinator will sit with you to set your financial plan. We have many options including spreading out payments to coincide with the completion of treatment (no finance charge) or setting you up with a long-term financial institution that works for you. In addition, we will estimate and submit all forms and information to your insurance plan, or other third-party companies, to facilitate your reimbursements.
Are there other fees involved in dental implant care?
Yes. Dental implants are the ‘roots’ for your ‘replacement’ teeth. As noted above, in addition to the actual implant, you will be placing an abutment, and dental crown or dentures. Other financial responsibility may come from tooth extractions, bone grafts, cleanings and maintenance, etc.
How long will the implants last?
Dental implants are the long-term tooth replacement option. Studies report an 80 to 90 percent success rate for full arch dental implants over a period of 30 years. For patients missing one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of greater than 95 percent. Occasionally, implants do fail (this is important to know) for a variety of reasons: bone health, periodontal or health issues, etc. When this happens, it is possible to reassess the situation after a period of healing and evaluation, and see what other options are available. As with regular dentures and other tooth replacements, your implants and their associated components are used every day and may need modifications. We will check at your regular hygiene visits and adjustment as necessary.
Does one doctor do everything?
How do I clean my new teeth?
As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported replacement teeth regularly, using toothbrushes, floss, and any other recommended aids. Periodontal health is important for long-lasting implants. You should also visit your dentist several times each year for hygiene and maintenance.
When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant?
The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant after a period of healing, and your jawbone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on your oral health, it may be possible to attach replacement teeth to the implants immediately or shortly thereafter. This will be discussed in full with you as part of your treatment plan.
How do I get started?
Call us today at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry Phone Number 617-277-4100 or fill out an appointment request!