Apex Dental offers complete treatment for dental implants in Northborough, MA. Dr. Robert J. Gauthier is one of the few general dentists in the area with experience replacing missing teeth with dental implants for his patients with one or more missing teeth. The type of dental implant you receive will depend on the number and location of your missing teeth and your oral health.
Dr. Gauthier will create a personalized treatment plan for your new dental implants. He will perform the surgical placement of the dental implant and the restoration of the crown, bridge, or denture. If a specialist is needed, Dr. Gauthier will make the appropriate referral and coordinate the entire treatment plan.
Types of Dental Implants
We offer a variety of types of dental implants to meet each patients unique needs. Depending on the number of teeth you are missing, the placemnet of the missing teeth, your bone density, and the type of restoration you are looking to use we create a custom treatment plan. Continue reading to learn more about the types of dental implant treatment we offer in our office and which may be the right fit for your needs.
Single Tooth Replacement
Even one missing tooth can cause oral health issues that will be costly to repair in the future. Dr. Gauthier recommends a dental implant-secured dental crown because it’s a permanent solution and will require no maintenance in the future. Dr. Gauthier will surgically place the implant post into your root canal.
Once the implant has fused and healed, over the course of about 3-6 months, the abutment will be attached, and a dental crown will be used to complete the restoration at our Northborough, MA dentist’s office. The dental crown will be custom designed to fit your smile aesthetically. It will be matched to the exact color, shape, and size of your natural teeth to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing several teeth, you can either replace each one with a dental implant-secured dental crown or a dental implant-secured dental bridge. A dental implant-secured dental bridge is appropriate if you have several consecutively missing teeth. Several dental implant-secured dental crowns are appropriate if you have nonconsecutive missing teeth.
If the patient qualifies for dental implants, Dr. Gauthier will recommend securing a dental bridge or dental crown with dental implants. Dental implants provide more structural support for the jaw and bite and need less maintenance. They provide a permanent natural functioning and aesthetic looking restoration.
Replacing an Entire Arch of Teeth
Dr. Gauthier offers dental implant-supported dentures that offer better retention and long-term benefits than traditional removable dentures. This option is suitable for patients who are missing an entire arch of teeth, either top or bottom. Dentures can cause many struggles for some patients, including restricted diet and slipping.
Dentures secured using dental implants will eliminate that slipping, and there are no dietary restrictions. They also eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks, or rinses. Dr. Gauthier will coordinate the surgical phase with a local specialist who will strategically place as few as four dental implants in the jaw to maintain a healthy jaw bone structure. These dental implants will be used to secure a denture.
All-on-Four is a type of implant that is used to replace an entire arch of teeth. It utilizes four implants, each placed at a strategic angle, to support a full arch restoration. All-on-Four may be used for patients lacking jaw bone density because the four implants are placed in areas with highest bone density. Oftentimes All-on-Four elimates the need for bone grafting.
All-on-Four is used to support dentures, which are custom made to match the exact shade, size, and shape of your natural teeth. They provide a natural looking restortion that also allows for patients to eat, speak, and use their teeth as they naturally would.
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Schedule A Dental Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer dental implants in our Westborough, MA, Shrewsbury, MA, and Northborough, MA. Request a dental appointment today with Dr. Gauthier to discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.