Don’t hide your smile because of broken or missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth is key to support your long-term oral health. Missing teeth can lead to secondary dental health concerns that could have a lasting impact on your health and quality of life. Patients with missing teeth are more prone to gum disease, more tooth loss, and even jawbone loss. Fortunately, dental implants can restore your smile and give you the chance to speak and eat with the comfort and confidence you deserve.
Your dentist provides many dental services to replace missing teeth at Apex Dental. Dr. Robert Gauthier offers complete treatment for dental implants in his Northborough, MA dental office near you. For most cases, Dr. Gauthier will perform the surgical placement of the dental implant procedure as well as the restoration of the crown or denture. If we need a specialist, our dental care team will make a referral and arrange the entire treatment plan. Learn about dental implants below.
Dental Implants in Northborough, MA
Getting dental implants is a multi-phased treatment. The process is distinct for each patient because each smile is unique. For example, the extent of your dental implant treatment will depend on the types of dental implants you choose, the number of dental implants you need, and if you need additional procedures. Your Apex dentist will review the treatment plan with you prior to your procedure. He will take the time to answer all of your questions as well. Below is the basic outline of a dental implant procedure.
Phase 1: Treatment Planning
The implant procedure requires precise and careful planning to set you up for long-term success. First, your dentist will create a detailed plan for your consent. He will show you the location and angle at which he will place the implants in order to optimize healthy bone tissue. Dental implants require healthy bone and gum tissue for survival, so you will be free of gum disease and have healthy jawbone tissue. He may also review the costs, timeframe, and other options.
During this time, we encourage patients to ask questions and discuss sedation options with their dentist. Dr. Gauthier uses digital imaging software to give patients a virtual model of what their new teeth may look like.
Phase 2: Surgical Procedure
After you approve the treatment plan, your dentist will schedule you for the surgical phase. Next, your dentist or oral surgeon will conduct the surgical procedure. He will surgically implant small titanium posts into your jaw bone. Then we wait between 3 to 6 months for your mouth to heal over the dental implants. During this wait, the dental implant post will begin to fuse with the jaw bone and create a secure bond. You may get a temporary dental restoration so you can eat and speak normally while you wait for the new restoration.
Phase 3: Final Restoration
Once your dentist sees that your mouth and jaw successfully fuses with the dental implant, he will create the final piece. For example, the final restoration can either be a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture. Then, your dentist will tailor the restoration to enhance the look and function of your mouth and smile. Finally the dentist anchors the final restoration to the dental implants. Patients will return to our Northborough dental office for follow-up appointments, adjustments, and checkups.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth; due in part to the structural bond between the implant and living bone. The titanium post acts as an artificial tooth root and fuses to the jawbone. This part of the dental implant procedure is key to structural support. Dental implants are both stronger and stronger than their traditional match because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants offer patients a range of benefits, such as:
- Bite stability
- Bone retention
- Natural smile
- Comfortable fit
- Lasting results
Dental implants can also support dentures for patients who need to replace all of their teeth. Dr. Gauthier can work with patients who have an existing denture. Your dentist can replace old dentures for a more secure and stable fit. For patients undergoing a “teeth-in-a-day” procedure, Dr. Gauthier will remove all of the hopeless teeth, strategically place the dental implants, and then secure a denture for the swift restoration of teeth.
Dental Implants FAQs
Read answers to common questions about dental implants here:
Are dental implants right for me?
With advancements in dental implant technology, more patients can receive dental implants. Traditionally, patients required strong healthy bone tissue for a successful implant. With the development of All-On-Four, patients with deteriorating bone health may still be able to receive the benefits of dental implants. To learn more about implants, and whether or not you are a successful candidate, contact our Northborough dentist office.
Do dental implants require additional maintenance?
No, a dental implant acts just like your real teeth. Twice daily brushing, flossing, and routine dental health exams are necessary for long-term success. Good oral hygiene and biannual dental exams can keep your implant healthy and secure for years to come.
Receive Dental Implants Today
If you are seeking a permanent tooth replacement option, call (508) 506-1691 today or request a dental exam online anytime. If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, we provide dental implants in our Shrewsbury, Westborough, and Northborough, Massachusetts. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Gauthier to discuss your oral health concerns and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.