Dental implants are the most natural-looking, stable and long lasting solution for missing teeth. Dental implants are now a routine procedure and offer over a 98% success rate and long-term oral health benefits. Apex Dental offers dental implants in our Shrewsbury, MA area dentist office.
Dr. Robert J. Gauthier Jr. and his team offer several different options for dental implants. Whether you are missing one or several teeth, we can create a personalized treatment plan to restore beauty, health and function to your smile.
Dr. Gauthier will perform all phases of the dental implant process. This will save you travel time to other offices and the hassle of additional bills. By having only one doctor work on your case from start-to-finish means that your care is more precise.
The Dental Implant Process
Dr. Gauthier will perform the surgical placement of the dental implant as well as the restoration of the crown or denture at his Shrewsbury, MA area cosmetic dentistry office. If a specialist is needed, Dr. Gauthier will make the appropriate referral and coordinate the entire treatment plan. Our staff will assist you with any scheduling that may be needed in the event you are referred to a specialist.
If a tooth extraction is needed, that will be performed first and then the dental implant will be surgically placed in the jawbone. The implant is metal anchors and small posts made of titanium that will fuse with the living bone as it heals, forming a solid structure for the replacement tooth.
In some cases, Dr. Gauthier may be able to immediately replace the dental implant with a dental crown, dental bridge or denture. In other instances, a temporary restoration will be placed while the implant heals and integrates with the bone.
It typically takes 3 to 6 months for the implant to fully fuse with the jawbone. The final restoration will be attached to the dental implant for a permanent restoration after the implant has fully fused to the bone.
Why choose dental implants?
Modern restorative dentistry has made great strides in tooth replacement options, emphasizing the important role that a healthy, functional smile plays in daily quality of life.
Dr. Gauthier has extensive training in the placement and restoration of dental implants. We recommend them when appropriate to patients who have lost one or more of their natural teeth. Dr. Gauthier offers full services for dental implants. This means that patients will have all phases of the procedure completed in his modern, comfortable Northborough MA dentist office.
There are many reasons why dental implants have become the “gold standard” for tooth replacement. Dr. Gauthier takes the time to educate each patient on how they may benefit their long term dental health, once it has been determined through examination that they are a candidate for this treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Reduce bone loss in the jaw: dental implants help to retain bone by mimicking the natural tooth root
- Natural appearance and function: with dental implants, patients can enjoy a varied, healthy diet
- No need for daily maintenance: dental implants are permanent and secure- no adhesives!
- Normal speech: without the worry of a slipping appliance, patients can speak normally
- High satisfaction rate: current patients have enjoyed an over 95% satisfaction rate with dental implants.
Left untreated, missing teeth will eventually lead to additional, often complex dental problems. Bone loss allows the jaw to shrink, lending a more aged appearance, and remaining teeth will shift to accommodate for the space left behind. This can lead to an imbalanced bite that can cause tooth damage, TMJ and other disorders.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Shrewsbury, MA, Westborough, MA and Northborough, MA and area cosmetic dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Gauthier to discuss the benefits of dental implants, your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.