Missing teeth can affect every aspect of your daily life, causing pain and embarrassment and interfering with normal function.
Fortunately, there is a solution that can totally restore the health, appearance, comfort, and functionality of your smile.
As a prosthodontist providing dental care since 1985, Dr. James Stein places and restores dental implants at his Boston, MA, office.
So what makes dental implants a great treatment option?
Dental Implants Offer Unrivaled Longevity and Stability
With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last 40 years or longer. While you may need to replace your restoration, the titanium implants themselves can provide a lifetime of benefits.
Improved Jaw Health
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that prevents jawbone atrophy after tooth loss. By receiving an implant-supported restoration from Dr. Stein, you can avoid the aged, sunken look caused by a shrinking jawbone.
I have been a patient of Dr. James Stein for decades and could never ever imagine going anywhere else. He is the ABSOLUTE best. Dr. Stein is a perfectionist and totally trustworthy. Over the years, I have had various dental procedures including having a new crown done 2 days ago. What a fabulous experience. The whole experience did not have any pain and took one visit (2 hours) and I walked out with a flawless crown. Dr. Stein has state of the art equipment which makes all visits extremely efficient.
I have had nothing but wonderful experiences at this office with Dr. Stein, Heather, Victoria and the front desk staff! They are so welcoming, friendly, professional and willing to explain in detail any procedures. They really take the time to get to know their patients and work with them/their situation. Whether you need a cleaning or something more complex, you can be certain that Dr. Stein and his staff will get it done to the highest quality. I highly recommend this office for your comprehensive dental needs.
Schedule a Consultation
at Our Dental Office
Dr. Stein has been providing dental care to Boston patients for more than 30 years. When patients come to our practice, they can have their dental implants placed and restored at one state-of-the-art location. We can help patients who are missing just one tooth as well as those who need a full-arch denture. We use advanced technology and effective techniques to provide patients with long-lasting results that benefit virtually every aspect of their lives.
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Let's dive into what implant placement involves...
Is tooth loss common?
Many Patients Need to Replace Missing Teeth
However, not every patient is a candidate for dental implants at our Boston, MA, dental practice...
Factors That Can Disqualify You from Undergoing Implant Treatment:
Poor Bone Density
Sufficient jawbone tissue is needed to support dental implants. Patients who have suffered bone atrophy may need to undergo bone grafting to restore their candidacy.
Smoking can inhibit your body's ability to heal properly. If you smoke, you should be committed to quitting for the entirety of the treatment process, from implant surgery to the placement of abutments and the custom restoration. Ideally, you should quit for good.
Conditions such as diabetes and other autoimmune diseases can also affect the healing process, increasing your risk of complications. It is important that these conditions are controlled before you receive dental implants.
Periodontal disease can weaken the gums and surrounding tissues. For this reason, it is imperative that you receive treatment before undergoing dental implant surgery.
Discouraged by the timeline for implant-supported restorations?
Dental Implants Require Longer Treatment
But Provide Unparalleled Support
Many patients at our Boston, MA, dentistry office are concerned about the additional time and cost required for dental implants. While the process does take several months, you can typically receive temporary crowns, bridges, or dentures during the healing period to fill the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. Additionally, the value of dental implants cannot be overstated and should be considered an investment in your quality of life. Because this option also replaces the tooth roots, implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures can provide you with the best possible results, allowing you to achieve the closest alternative to your natural teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Improved Precision, Better Outcomes
Dr. Stein is formally trained in two key implant systems: Straumann and 3i. These advanced tools allow him to develop an exceptionally precise surgical plan, which will be used during your procedure to place the titanium implants in the best possible position. Optimally placed implants and abutments can help reduce the risk of complications and improve the longevity of your implants. Dr. Stein also has CAD/CAM technology in our dental office, which can create prosthetics in as little as an hour for same-day placement.
to Improve Your Candidacy
Extractions and Periodontal Care
Implants require a healthy foundation. If periodontal disease or tooth decay has been detected, patients may need to undergo preliminary procedures to improve their oral health. This may involve tooth extractions or periodontal care to remove bacteria.
In cases of jawbone recession, you may also require bone graft surgery in order to restore lost tissue. Bone graft surgery will add four to nine months to the overall treatment timeline.
If you are missing a tooth or several teeth in the upper jaw, you may require a sinus lift to provide adequate room for implants. This procedure also requires an additional four to nine months of healing before implants can be placed.
Your Dental Implant
To discuss your replacement options for a missing tooth or teeth, schedule an appointment at our dental practice in Boston, MA. At your consultation, Dr. Stein will review your medical history and thoroughly examine your teeth and jaw with advanced imaging technology. Based on the results, he can determine if implants are the right course of action for you. He can also determine where the implants and abutments should be placed for the best results. Based on his findings and the type of restoration you choose, Dr. Stein will prepare an implant treatment timeline to fit your needs.
What does the dental implant process entail?
Treatment Will Take Several Months
Over a matter of months Dr. Stein along with his son Dr. Brett Stein did a tremendous amount of work and I have to say there was no pain involved. Their touch and their timeliness with each procedure made the entire process much more comfortable than expected. It's almost been a year now since my first visit and I couldn't be happier with the final result. Whenever I'm out with friends or family everyone compliments me on how great they look. I feel like I have my confidence back and in a sense I feel like I got my life back. He was right at that first visit, he didn't give me my old smile.....he gave me one that was even better. Thank you Dr. Stein and thank you to everyone at Stein Esthetics for all your hard work.
I’ve never enjoyed going to the dentist, but Dr. Brett Stein made me feel comfortable the moment I walked through the door. At the beginning of my appointment, we discussed the treatment plan and he reassured me that I would be comfortable throughout the entire procedure. He wasn’t wrong - he was so gentle with my cleaning and fillings that I forgot I was even at a dentist’s office! I will definitely be going to Dr. Stein for all of my future dental needs.
Prolonging the Lifespan
of Your Implants and Restorations
Choose an Experienced Dentist
Choosing an experienced dentist such as Dr. Stein can significantly lower your risk of complications.
Cleaning your dental implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures is critical. This process is very similar to caring for your natural teeth. You can prolong the life of your implants and prosthetics by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash.
Patients with bridges and dentures can benefit from the use of interdental brushes to clean hard-to-reach areas under the appliance.
In addition, patients should visit a dentist every six months or more for a check-up and cleaning, During this appointment, we will check for signs of wear on your abutments and prosthesis.