- Sturdy restorations that will not move or slip
- Decades of support for prosthetic teeth
- Prevention of jawbone degradation
An advantage unique to the dental implant system is preservation of the jawbone. When a tooth root is missing for an extended period of time, the body redirects nutrients to other parts of the body and the jawbone begins to degenerate. As it breaks down, the cheeks become concave and the lips may pucker, leaving patients looking older than they feel. However, because implants are embedded in the jawbone, they can stimulate tissue in the same way a tooth root does, preventing atrophy.
Candidates for Dental Implants
To receive dental implants, patients should be in good general and oral health. Tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems should first receive treatment to ensure a healthy foundation for their implants. For patients with systemic health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes, we may recommend traditional, nonsurgical tooth replacement solutions.
Since an implant is embedded into the jawbone, the patient must also have sufficient jawbone density to support it. If you have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift or bone graft to enhance your candidacy.
The Dental Implants Consultation
At your consultation, Dr. Stein will thoroughly evaluate your smile with advanced imaging technology. Based off the results, he can determine if implants are the right course of action for you, and if so, where they are best placed. Formally trained in two key implant systems, including Straumann and 3i, Dr. Stein can develop a precise surgical plan that meets your unique oral health requirements. At this time, you will also discuss other logistics of your procedure, such as costs, surgical expectations, and the timeline.
If you have lost jawbone tissue as a result of missing teeth, Dr. Stein can perform a sinus lift or bone graft to enhance your candidacy.
The Dental Implants Procedure
After administering anesthetic and sedation to keep you comfortable, Dr. Stein will make a small incision in the gums and bone below, based on the computer-guided surgical plan. He will then thread a titanium post through each hole, anchoring it into the jawbone. Once the incisions are sutured up again, the doctor may attach temporary restorations to protect the site. Dr. Stein is proud to have CAD/CAM technology in the office, which can create prosthetics in as little as an hour.
Over the next four to six months, the implant will fuse with the jawbone. Known as osseointegration, this process forms a foundation for your restorations unmatched in durability and reliability. Patients can return to our office in six months to have their permanent restorations placed, whether those are crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Strengthen Your Smile
Learn for yourself how a dental implants procedure with experienced implant dentist Dr. Stein can restore the function of your bite and the beauty of your smile. Call our practice today at (617) 227-6076 or schedule your dental implants consultation online.