Dental Implants - Boston, MA
Rebuilding Your Beautiful Smile
Your smile impacts every aspect of your life. If you have lost teeth to decay, gum disease, or an injury, replacing them as quickly as possible will help you avoid the health complications and the emotional distress associated with missing teeth. Dental implants are a natural-looking, permanent replacement solution that can beautifully strengthen your smile and let you regain your active lifestyle. At Kraft & Schrott Dental Associates, we offer several dental implant options to help patients permanently replace missing teeth and create stronger, healthier smiles.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a number of benefits for eligible candidates. Some of the most significant advantages associated with this tooth replacement include:
- A comprehensive replacement: Because dental implants take the place of both the missing tooth and its supportive root, you won’t find a more stable or longer-lasting option than dental implants.
- High success rate: Dental implants have a success rate of more than 95 percent.
- Increased comfort: Compared to other options in tooth replacement, dental implants offer more comfort and make it easier to speak clearly.
- Promote a balanced, nutritious diet: Stable dental implants allow you to eat all of your favorite foods, including health-promoting items that keep you healthy and feeling great.
- Long-lasting: When cared for properly, dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime.
- And many more!
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a wonderful option for a variety of cases. No matter how many teeth you are missing, it is likely that you can benefit from this comprehensive replacement. The types of dental implants are listed in brief below.
Missing Single Tooth
If you are missing one tooth due to decay, gum disease, or injury, we can replace that tooth with a single dental implant. Our periodontist, Dr. Alexander Schrott will place a titanium post in your jawbone beneath the open socket of your missing tooth. Over a period of a few weeks, this implant and the surrounding bone tissue will fuse to form a solid foundation for your new porcelain crown, which will be placed by one of our highly skilled restorative dentists.
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Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing more than one tooth, dental implants may be used to support fixed implant rehabilitations such as bridges or hybrid prostheses, which are custom designed in a dental laboratory to fit perfectly alongside your remaining teeth. Likewise, multiple implants can be used to secure a partial denture. You’ll never have to worry about your partial coming lose when you smile, talk or eat.
Missing All Teeth
For our patients who already wear full dentures, as well as those who have recently lost all of their teeth along one or both arches, we offer implant-retained dentures. They are secured to dental implants by snapping onto implant attachments, which hold the dentures firmly on your implants. For patients who have been missing all of their teeth for some time and have suffered bone loss as a result, All-on-4 can usually support a complete denture without necessitating bone graft surgery.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants cost more than other options in tooth replacement, but they are certainly worth the investment. In fact, over time, they may end up costing you less than a traditional denture or crown and bridge, as these non-implant supported options will need to be replaced periodically as the bone structure weakens and wears away.
There is no single sticker price for dental implants, so the total price you pay will depend on certain factors — like how many teeth you are missing, where in the jaw they are located, how healthy your jaw bone is, and more. To understand the cost of your tooth replacement, we invite you to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Boston today. No matter the price, the multiple benefits of dental implants make them well worth it!
Dental Implant FAQs
Before you receive your dental implants in Boston, it’s important to make sure you completely understand the process – what needs to happen, what you can expect during the process, and so on. If there’s anything you’re uncertain about, you should never hesitate to ask your team at Kraft & Schrott; that’s what we’re here for, after all! If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for below, feel free to call us with your own questions.
How old do you need to be for dental implants?
While implants are an excellent solution for replacing permanent teeth that were lost, most of the time they’re not recommended for smaller children. We’ll generally wait until their facial growth and development has been completed so as to ensure that the placement surgery is as successful as possible. This normally happens around age 16 in girls and age 18 in boys, but of course, every patient is different. We’ll examine your child’s mouth to figure out the best course of action; when necessary, we can help you explore effective alternatives for tooth replacement such as dental bridges and partial dentures.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
Just like with any other dental surgery, your mouth will be numbed, and you’ll be appropriately sedated during the implant placement procedure. Afterwards, you may experience some discomfort, but you can control it with ibuprofen or other painkillers. You’ll normally be able to return to work and daily activities the next day. The discomfort and bruising should only last for a short time; if they suddenly grow worse, contact us immediately so that we can act quickly and prevent any long-term complications from developing.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The process typically lasts around six to eight months. This is due to the fact that after the implants are in place, they need time to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue. You can only receive a restoration once the implant has firmly bonded with the bone. The healing process can take about three to six months depending on the health of your jaw as well as the number of implants you receive. Also, you will need to undergo an additional procedure to receive an abutment, which anchors your artificial tooth in place. You’ll receive your crown (or bridge or denture) once the gums have recovered following the placement of your abutment.
What is the best way to care for dental implants?
You actually don’t need any special strategies to care for your implants; you can just brush and floss like they were your natural teeth. You don’t have to worry about cavities, of course, but the nearby gum tissue can still become infected, which in turn could cause your dental implants to fail; thus, it’s important to keep the area as clean as possible. Be wary of worrisome symptoms such as a loose implant post or persistent pain around the site; these are usually signs that you need to make an appointment with us right away.