What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone and are designed to support a restoration. The type of restoration required will depend on the number of missing teeth and how many implant posts are placed. Because of the advancements made in the implant dentistry, a full arch denture can be supported with just four to six implant posts. Once the posts are inserted, your jaw will undergo a process known as osseointegration. During this four to six month healing period, the posts will permanently bond with your jawbone tissue, providing a solid foundation for your restoration.
Dental implants are the only restorative solution created to replace a missing tooth from root to crown. Because of this, dental implants provide superior, permanent results. When properly cared for, an implant-supported restoration can last you for many years. However, patients with severe gum disease or bone loss may not qualify for this procedure.
Pros and Cons of Dental Implants
- Permanent results with little maintenance
- Protects your overall oral health, improving jawbone strength without straining remaining teeth
- Feels and functions just like natural teeth
- Requires surgery and an extensive healing period
- More expensive than traditional treatments
Contact Us Today
If you are facing tooth loss, but unsure whether a dental bridge or an implant-supported restoration is better suited for you, contact our office online or by calling (617) 227-6076 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Stein. He will meet with you to discuss all the available options, taking the time to answer any questions or concerns you may have.