One of the most innovative and effective advances in dentistry to come along in quite some time is the dental implant. A solution for missing teeth, dental implants are designed to act as custom-made replacement teeth, helping people improve chewing, speaking, and the overall appearance of their smile. While traditional dentures have served as adequate replacements for missing teeth for many years, the fact is they can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, prone to slippage or movement inside the mouth, and typically require daily maintenance on top of your normal brushing and flossing routines. Dental implants address all of these issues and more, offering a permanent replacement for missing teeth that looks and feels natural. The New England Dental Group offers a variety of dental implant and missing teeth replacement options in our Marlborough and Southborough offices that can help you achieve your goals with fantastic results.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are custom-designed tooth replacements that can improve both the form and function of your teeth. The procedure is performed in a number of stages:
First, our implant dentist will place a small titanium rod in the gum, directly under the missing tooth. Over a period of about three to six months, the rod will fuse itself to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. A temporary dental crown can be affixed to the rod during this time. Once the fusion process is complete, your permanent crown – custom-molded for the most precise fit possible – will be cemented onto the rod and color-tinted to match your surrounding teeth. Once this has been performed, you should have a permanent replacement for your missing teeth that both looks and feels like it’s your natural tooth. In fact, many people who have dental implants can’t even tell the difference.
Dental implants cannot be removed, and they do not slip inside the mouth. There is no daily maintenance required other than your normal brushing and flossing routines. Patients must have strong bone density in the jaw to be a candidate for dental implants; however, for those who may not have adequate bone density, a bone graft (described below) may be a viable option, or other alternatives can be suggested to provide effective results.
Dental implants are remarkable, permanent solutions to missing teeth. If you would like to speak with one of our experienced dentists about dental implants, please contact the New England Dental Group today.
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In some patients, the jawbone does not have adequate density to accommodate a dental implant. Bone grafting can often help with this issue. A bone graft is a small piece of bone that is placed into the area of the jaw under the missing tooth, giving the prospective implant more structure and support to bond itself to the jaw. Our practice can provide bone grafts right here in our offices, without having to refer you to another dentist.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini-dental implants, also known as MDI’s, can often be an effective alternative for patients who are not candidates for the full dental implant procedure. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug administration, these treatments are less invasive than full dental implants and can serve to provide much more support and stability to dentures.
Mini-dental implant treatments are performed by placing a small titanium rod into the gumline in the area of the missing tooth, which ultimately acts as the tooth root. The rod will give a denture additional support, reducing the chances of looseness or slippage. There are no sutures or extended recovery processes associated with this procedure, and the entire treatment can typically be completed in a single office visit.
MDI’s can give patients who wear dentures long-term stabilization in the upper and lower gumlines and help them look and feel more like natural teeth.
Nobel Biocare Teeth In An Hour™
Many patients with adequate bone density in the jaws may be candidates for an innovative procedure called Teeth In An Hour™. Developed by Nobel Biocare, the Teeth In An Hour™ treatment can make the dental implant process more comfortable and convenient by condensing a lot of the steps into fewer appointments. A radiograph of your jaw structure combined with 3D computer imaging technology will be used to create a precise map of your jaws before the procedure, helping our implant dentist know exactly where to place the implants for optimal bone fusion. Once the implants are placed, the permanent crowns can be fitted immediately. Nobel Teeth In An Hour™ typically requires less recovery time and results in immediate function of your dental implants.
Additional Dental Implant Information
For more information on dental implants please read through the PDF’s listed below:
- What is an Implant
- Single Implant Diagnosis
- Single Implant Procedure
- After Implant Surgery
- Mini Implant Overdenture
- Implant Denture Lower
- Implant Denture Upper
- Immediate Implant Placement
- Placing an Implant Bridge
- Implants and Bone Loss
- Bone Augmentation
Contact the New England Dental Group
Please contact the New England Dental Group to schedule a consultation for dental implants, mini-dental implants, or the Nobel Teeth In An Hour™ procedure at either our Marlborough or Southborough offices. One of our restorative dentists will be happy to speak with you and help you determine the best option for your needs.