Dental Implants – Wayland, MA
High-Quality Tooth Replacement to Solve Tooth Loss
Tooth loss is a devastating event, negatively affecting your oral health, your smile’s ability to function, and your overall sense of confidence and self-esteem. Thankfully, patients in this situation have several options to replace the missing teeth. One of the most predictable and long lasting is a dental implant.
Unlike other, more traditional tooth replacement methods, dental implants are designed to replicate the entire structure of the natural tooth, including both the crown (the white, visible portion) and the root (the portion hidden beneath the gum line). In comparison, bridges are held in place by crowned teeth, and partial dentures are attached with clasps.
Because they mimic nature’s natural design, implants provide exceptional durability and health benefits, as well as a seamlessly lifelike appearance that’s virtually impossible to differentiate from remaining healthy teeth. At Wayland Dental, we’re happy to help patients achieve these stellar results. Contact our Wayland, MA location today to schedule an implant consultation with Dr. Michael Putt, or if you have any questions or concerns our team can help you with.
Benefits of Dental Implants
One of the most common questions people have about dental implants is their longevity and success rate. When compared to other tooth replacement options, dental implants are capable of standing the test of time. With proper maintenance, they last anywhere from 25 years to a lifetime. Their success rates average about 95 percent and higher, even after 10 years of use! This proves them to be a truly long-lasting solution for missing teeth.
Furthermore, eating the foods you enjoy doesn’t have to be a difficult process with dental implants. There’s no worry of whether you can eat a meal on a menu or if your denture will shift in place as you chew. Dental implants are designed to function almost identically to natural teeth, which includes basic functions like chewing your favorite food.
The Dental Implant Process
Once it’s been determined that you’re a good candidate for dental implants, the first step of the procedure will be to place the actual implants into the jawbone. This allows them to naturally integrate with the natural tissue and bone over a period of time, creating a strong foundation for eventual replacement teeth. Once this is complete, patients from Framingham, MA and surrounding areas will return to our practice so that Dr. Putt can design and place a new, custom restoration over the implant, completing your new and improved smile. Your restoration model will depend on the scope of your tooth loss, your oral health, and your personal preferences.
Indications for Dental Implants
There are many ways a dental implant can replace teeth. Those who are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch should consider the extensive restorative properties of dental implants!
Missing Single Tooth
When restoring a single implant, a quality, all-ceramic crown is the option of choice, allowing our team to replenish the lost tooth structure without requiring significant alteration of nearby healthy teeth in the process.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If your tooth loss is more extensive, an implant-retained prosthetic can provide coverage that’s strong and cost-effective. This device will closely resemble a traditional bridge or denture with one important difference – it’s designed to securely attach to placed implants for added stability.
Missing All Teeth
Overdentures are extremely similar to fixed implant bridges and dentures, save for the fact that they’re designed to still be removable in nature. Only four to six implants are needed to create a stable restoration.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dentists are hesitant to give an exact cost for dental implants until you’ve scheduled a consultation at their office. The cost can largely vary depending on the number of implants you need placed as well as the restoration you choose. Furthermore, preparatory treatments like bone grafts can also increase costs and the overall length of treatment.
Regardless of which option you choose, it should be noted that dental implants are meant to be a long-term investment that’s designed to last for many years. Because of their longevity, durability, function and lifelike appearance, they’re often considered the most cost-effective solution when compared to other tooth replacement solutions.