Posts for tag: dental implants
If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may be curious about how long it might take. The answer depends on the health of your supporting bone.
Bone is an integral part of implant functionality as bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the newly placed implant to give it its characteristic strength. The implant also requires an adequate amount of bone to accurately position it for the best appearance outcome.
If the bone is sufficient and healthy, we can proceed with the surgical placement of the implant. The most common practice following surgery is to allow a few weeks for the bone integration described previously to take place before finally attaching the crown. With an alternative known as a “tooth in one day” procedure, we install a crown right after surgery, which gives you a full smile when you leave.
There's one caveat to this latter method, though—because the implant still requires bone integration, this immediate crown is temporary. It's designed to receive no pressure from biting or chewing, which could damage the still integrating implant. We'll install the permanent crown after the implant and bone have had time to fully mesh.
So, if your supporting bone is sound, the complete implant process may only take a few weeks. But what if it's not—what if you've lost bone and don't have enough to support an implant? In that case, the length of process time depends on the severity of the bone loss and if we're able to overcome it. In some cases, we can't, which means we'll need to consider a different restoration.
But it's often possible to regenerate lost bone by grafting bone material at the implant site. If the bone loss is moderate, it may take 2 to 4 months of regrowth after grafting before we can perform implant surgery. If it's more significant or there's disease damage to the socket, it may take longer, usually 4 to 6 months. It largely depends on the rate of bone regeneration.
In a nutshell, then, the health of your jaw's supporting bone has a lot to do with whether the implant process will take a few weeks or a few months. Regardless of the time, though, you'll gain the same result—new, functional teeth and a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”
Have one or multiple teeth gone missing? Are gaps in your smile affecting your bite, ability to chew, or causing you to hide your smile entirely? If so, it might be time to consider dental implants, a permanent, secure solution that (literally) implants a titanium screw into the jawbone to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Dental implants are designed to preserve and stimulate bone growth. They offer unique benefits that our dentists, Drs. Salem, Gionfriddo, Khorashadi and Lann, are happy to discuss during your visit to our Braintree, MA, office.
The Unique Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants replace one or several teeth, but they can also makeover your entire smile when each tooth is no longer sustainable. Our Braintree, MA, patients select these restorations because they have a high success rate, improve oral health, function like natural teeth, and deliver a natural-looking appearance. Dental implants are also a popular choice because healing time takes anywhere from eight and 16 weeks, and self-confidence increases once they're applied. However, some of the unique benefits include preventing deterioration of the jawbone, reducing facial sagging and bone loss, and preserving natural bone growth. Not everyone is eligible for the procedure. To determine if you're a candidate, our dentist will perform a thorough examination of the teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues during your initial visit. Once approved, he'll discuss the surgery in detail and assure you feel as comfortable as possible moving forward.
If you'd like to explore the unique benefits of dental implants, schedule a consultation with our dentist to address any questions or concerns. Begin your journey to a bigger smile, and a boost of confidence, sooner instead of later. For more information about dental implants, and other services provided by Drs. Salem, Gionfriddo, Khorashadi and Lann, visit our website. Please call (781) 843-0660 for appointment scheduling in our Braintree, MA, office.
A fair number of people with total tooth loss have arrived at this point after a long history of dental issues. It's quite likely they've had a series of bridges or partial dentures over the years to accommodate lost teeth at various times before moving to full dentures.
For many, it often seems easier to extract any remaining teeth at some point and simply move on to a total restoration. It's often better for oral health, however, to preserve any remaining teeth for as long as possible and update restorations as needed. Dental implants could make this type of staged restoration strategy much easier to manage.
Implants are tiny metal posts surgically imbedded in a patient's jawbone. Over time, bone cells grow and adhere to the implant's titanium surface, creating a strong and durable hold. Its most familiar application is as a replacement for an individual tooth.
But because of their strength and durability, this advanced dental technology is also used to support other restorations like bridges and partial or full dentures by way of a few strategically placed implants. And it's in that role that they can be useful in planning and implementing future restoration upgrades when needed.
Under this strategy, we add implants to supplement pre-existing implants from earlier restorations to support the updated dental work. For example, we might have previously placed an implant supporting a single tooth or a small bridge. When the need later arises for a partial denture, we can add additional implants to be used with the earlier one to support the new denture.
If the earlier implants have been well-placed, we need only to add enough implants necessary to support a full denture when the time comes. How many will depend on the particular type of denture: A removable lower denture may only require one additional implant with one already in place. A fixed upper or lower denture will require enough to bring the number to between four and eight.
Taking this long-term approach can be more cost-effective in the long-run. More importantly, it can make for a smoother path for the patient and help preserve remaining teeth for as long as possible.
If you would like more information on restoration options for lost teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Replacing All Teeth but Not All at Once.”
Even in the 21st Century, losing most or all of your teeth is still an unfortunate possibility. Many in this circumstance turn to dentures, as their great-grandparents did, to restore their teeth. But today's dentures are much different from those of past generations—and dental implants are a big reason why.
The basic denture is made of a gum-colored, acrylic base with artificial teeth attached. The base is precisely made to fit snugly and comfortably on the patient's individual gum and jaw structure, as the bony ridges of the gums provide the overall support for the denture.
Implants improve on this through two possible approaches. A removable denture can be fitted with a metal frame that firmly connects with implants embedded in the jaw. Alternatively, a denture can be permanently attached to implants with screws. Each way has its pros and cons, but both have two decided advantages over traditional dentures.
First, because implants rather than the gums provide their main support, implant-denture hybrids are often more secure and comfortable than traditional dentures. As a result, patients may enjoy greater confidence while eating or speaking wearing an implant-based denture.
They may also improve bone health rather than diminish it like standard dentures. This is because the forces generated when chewing and eating travel from the teeth to the jawbone and stimulate new bone cell growth to replace older cells. We lose this stimulation when we lose teeth, leading to slower bone cell replacement and eventually less overall bone volume.
Traditional dentures not only don't restore this stimulation, they can also accelerate bone loss as they rub against the bony ridges of the gums. Implants, on the other hand, can help slow or stop bone loss. The titanium in the imbedded post attracts bone cells, which then grow and adhere to the implant surface. Over time, this can increase the amount of bone attachment and help stymie any further loss.
An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a standard denture, but far less than replacing each individual tooth with an implant. If you want the affordability of dentures with the added benefits of implants, this option may be worth your consideration.
If you would like more information on implant-supported restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
If tooth loss has changed your smile or made eating a little difficult, dental implants may offer the perfect solution. Your Braintree, MA, dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates help their patients improve their smiles with dental implants and other restorations and treatments.
Dental Implants Offer Complete Tooth Restoration
When debating your restoration options, you'll want to keep these dental implants Braintree benefits in mind:
- Only Restoration Option to Provide Root Replacement: Dental implants are small posts made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that bonds to bones. The implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and become the roots of your artificial teeth. Roots give your teeth strength and stability, allowing you to easily eat a variety of foods. Dental implants are connected to crowns, dental restorations that replace the visible parts of your teeth, to create fully functioning new teeth.
- Excellent Comfort: Some restorations may slip and slide a little, irritating the gums. Since your crowns are connected to replacement roots, they won't budge even if you eat an ear of corn at a picnic or bite into a piece of crusty bread. Many people in Braintree report that their implants feel just like their natural teeth.
- Easy Care: You won't have to change your usual oral hygiene routine when you have dental implants. Keeping your new tooth in good shape only requires daily brushing and flossing, states your Braintree dentist.
- No Changes to Your Jawbone: The jawbone may shrink after tooth loss, a problem that occurs when an area of the bone is no longer stimulated by tooth roots. The consequences of shrinking include facial sagging and loose teeth. Dental implants provide constant stimulation to your jawbone and prevent shrinking.
- A Long-Lasting, Cost-Effective Choice: Thanks to the bone-bonding capability of titanium, you'll never need to replace your dental implants, unlike other restorations that require periodic replacement. When you consider the lifetime costs of other tooth restoration options, you discover that dental implants in Braintree, MA, are the least costly choice.
Don't let tooth loss keep you from smiling! Fill the gaps in your smile with dental implants offered by your dentists in Braintree, MA. Call Dr. George Salem and Associates at (781) 843-0660 to schedule your appointment.