How is dental implant treatment performed in Woburn?
Four Corners Dental Care of Woburn, MA has a team of highly skilled dentists and specialists to provide you with the quality of care that you deserve. Our experienced periodontist, Dr. John Govostes, provides dental implants, restoring patients’ smiles in the most natural way possible.
Dental implants are small devices that replace tooth roots. They are made of high-strength, nonallergenic titanium, and provide sturdy support for replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support a variety of restorations, all of which are designed to replicate natural tooth appearance and functionality. This is considered the gold standard treatment for replacing missing teeth.
The details of the procedure may vary, depending on factors such as bone density, number and location of missing teeth, and the type of implant to be used. The process is completed in several steps and may begin with preliminary treatments such as bone augmentation. It may take several months to complete the entire process, but the result can last a lifetime with good oral health.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
An implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and serves the exact same functions as a tooth root. In fact, the body accepts titanium as if it were natural, and bone gradually fuses to the implant surface. The result is stronger, more comfortable, and longer lasting than alternative procedures such as bridgework.
You may be an ideal candidate for implants if:
- You are missing teeth or have damaged teeth that require extraction
- You want to replace an old denture or traditional dental bridge
- Your jawbone is fully developed (implants are not recommended for adolescents)
- The treatment area has sufficient bone quantity and density, or you are a candidate for bone grafting
- You are healthy enough for minor surgery
- You want to restore your chewing efficiency, ability to speak clearly, and beautiful smile
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What to expect during the procedure
There are several steps in the dental implant process.
- If necessary, preliminary procedures such as tooth extraction or bone grafting will be performed. Once complete, we move on to the actual implant procedure.
- The implant, a tiny titanium post, is embedded in the jawbone. This involves a very minor surgery, performed by your periodontist at Four Corners Dental Care. After the area is completely numb, the periodontist creates a tiny opening in the gum tissue, through which the implant is placed.
- We wait until the bone has healed and fused with the implant before proceeding. Most patients experience minimal discomfort, and gum tissue heals quickly. However, it may take a few months for the bone to adapt and integrate with the implant. This is a critical part of the process, because it provides a solid foundation for your new restoration.
- Next, the abutment is added to the implant. It is a small attachment, which connects the implant to the restoration. In most cases, the restoration is placed during the same appointment.
- The final step is adding your new tooth or teeth. If we are replacing just one tooth, this will be a crown. For several teeth, a specially designed bridge or denture is used. The type and design of the restoration is customized, depending on your needs. No matter what style, you can rest assured it will look, feel, and function just like your own teeth do.
Caring for your dental implants
Implants are made of titanium and restorations are made of ceramic, neither of which are susceptible to decay. However, that doesn’t mean you can slack on oral hygiene. Like any other surface in the mouth, these materials can accumulate plaque and tartar if exposed. Gum tissue around implants, just like that around teeth, is sensitive to irritating tartar and susceptible to infection. Peri-implant mucositis, also called implant gingivitis, is essentially gum disease that affects tissues around implants rather than teeth.
Fortunately, the same techniques that prevent gingivitis and periodontitis can also prevent peri-implant mucositis. Those include brushing and flossing regularly, as well as having your teeth cleaned by a hygienist at Four Corners Dental Care twice a year. Take care of your implants and they could last for the rest of your life!
If you are seeking the optimal tooth replacement solution, call us at (781) 315-4456 and schedule a dental implant consultation.