Dental Implants

Dental Implants Framingham, MA

Periodontal Associates proudly offers a wide range of dental implant solutions to patients in Framingham and Newton, MA.

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Are Dental Implants Right For You?


Dental implants are the best and most conservative choice for “permanently” replacing one or more missing teeth. This remarkable advancement in dental treatment has dramatically changed the quality of life for thousands of our patients by restoring health, chewing ability, and beautiful, natural smiles.


What is a Dental Implant?


A dental implant is a substitute tooth root that is used to replace the natural tooth in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing. Just like your own natural tooth, the implant is anchored in bone. Typically, an “abutment” is connected to the top of the implant, and extends through the gum. The “crown” or visible part of the tooth is then connected to the abutment in a variety of designs (see diagram). Dental implants provide a strong, solid foundation for biting and chewing. And, teeth supported by dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth!

Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. With a success rate of greater than 95%, dental implants have the best long term prognosis of any method of tooth replacement.


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History


The scientifically-based method of implant treatment was first developed around 1960 in Sweden. Dr. Per Ingvar Branemark observed that a titanium implant could naturally and predictably bond with bone. This phenomenon was termed “OSSEOINTEGRATION”. Since the original implant was placed several decades ago, millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of successful “permanent” tooth replacement with dental implants.


Benefits of Dental Implants



Implant Procedures



Replacing a Single Missing Tooth


Overview
A dental implant-supported crown is the most ideal treatment for replacement of a single missing tooth and has become the standard of care in dentistry today. Although a single tooth may be replaced with a traditional tooth-supported bridge, it is a less desirable treatment option. With a bridge, the natural supporting teeth have to be ground down in order to fit the cemented bridge in place. The nerves of the teeth may die and root canal treatment will become necessary. The natural teeth may also decay which could lead to loss of the bridge and the natural teeth. Fortunately, single implant teeth are “self contained”, and do not affect the adjacent natural teeth in any way. The single implant tooth will look and feel just like a natural tooth, and is the most conservative, predictable and long-lasting treatment option.

Advantages of single implant-supported crowns include:

  • Implant teeth do not decay.
  • Implant teeth do not require root canals.
  • Adjacent natural teeth are not ground down.
  • Implant teeth look, feel and function just like a natural tooth.
  • Implant teeth have a greater than 95% success rate.
  • Implant teeth are the most conservative and predictable long term solution.
  • Implant teeth preserve jawbone
  • Single implant teeth are easier to clean than natural tooth bridges.

Replacing Multiple Teeth


Overview
When multiple teeth are missing, treatment options for replacement include dental implant-supported crowns and bridges, “long span” bridges supported by natural teeth, and removable partial dentures. Implant-supported teeth are the treatment of choice, and have become the standard of care in dentistry today. “Long span” bridges supported by natural teeth generally fail over time due to the forces of chewing. Decay or fracture of the supporting teeth is common, and may result in loss of the teeth. The natural teeth have to be ground down in order for the bridge to be cemented in place. Oftentimes, the nerves of the teeth die and root canal treatment becomes necessary. With removable partial dentures, clasps are hooked onto the supporting natural teeth. Over time, the pressure of chewing rocks these teeth and can lead to bone loss and extraction. Fortunately, implant-supported crowns and bridges are “self-contained” and do not damage the adjacent natural teeth in any way. The implant teeth will look and feel just like natural teeth, and are the most conservative, predictable and long-lasting treatment option.

Advantages of multiple implant-supported crowns include:

  • Implant teeth do not decay.
  • Implant teeth do not require root canals.
  • Adjacent natural teeth are not ground down or loosened by denture clasps.
  • Implant teeth look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
  • Implant teeth have a greater than 95% success rate.
  • Implant teeth are the most conservative and predictable long term solution.
  • Implant teeth preserve the jawbone
  • Implant teeth are more stable than removable dentures

Replacing all of the Teeth


Overview
Years ago, the only option to replace all missing teeth was a complete removable denture. This treatment option is a poor long term solution because the jawbone continually deteriorates and shrinks over time. Dentures loosen and become painful. This, in turn, results in poor function because patients cannot chew or taste foods the way they could with natural teeth. Speech is compromised, and dentures can fall out when eating and speaking. The structures of the face and lips collapse inward resulting in a prematurely aged appearance. Self esteem and confidence are lowered because of the uncertainty and insecurity associated with dentures. Fortunately, dental implant-supported teeth can be used to replace all of the missing natural teeth. The implant teeth will look and feel just like natural teeth, and are the most conservative, predictable and long-lasting treatment option. Your quality of life will be improved and your beautiful smile will last a lifetime.

Advantages of full arch implant-supported teeth include:

  • Implant teeth provide the strongest chewing function.
  • Implant teeth are more stable than removable dentures
  • Implant teeth preserve the jawbone
  • Implant teeth look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
  • Implant teeth preserve a more youthful appearance
  • Implant teeth have a greater than 95% success rate.
  • Implant teeth are the most conservative and predictable long term solution.

Videos


All on Four (Complete Lower Bridge)


Simple Implant Procedure (Three Teeth)


Single Tooth Replacement


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