Dental Implants

The closest alternative to your missing teeth.

Over the past several decades, dental implants have emerged as one of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth. They boast various unique benefits that distinguish them from traditional prosthetics, and with the proper care, they can outlast them by several decades.

Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. This keeps your remaining teeth from shifting position and prevents long-term damage to your jawbone. There are several options for replacing teeth, including dentures and bridges. For the most stable, permanent solution, consider dental implants, the only option that permanently ensures your teeth structure.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement teeth consisting of a titanium root that is anchored in your gums, a support post or abutment, and a crown that precisely simulates a natural tooth. Many patients report that dental implants look, feel, and function the closest to natural teeth. Implants preserve your facial contours, giving you a confident smile and restoring your eating and speaking ability. The titanium root bonds with your jawbone, forming a rock-solid foundation for artificial teeth. Missing teeth cause your jawbone to weaken, and implants prevent this deterioration thanks to the solid connection between metal and bone.

What is the procedure for getting dental implants?

Many factors determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, including your age, health history, and jawbone strength. Before committing to the procedure, we strongly suggest a dental/radiographic examination to assess your oral health. This exam will be performed by either Dr. Camille or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon we refer you to.

Dental implant surgery is lengthy since several months of healing time are required between each stage. You will be able to wear temporary dentures during the process.

  • Some patients require a preliminary bone graft if their jawbone is weak enough to support an implant. Bone is transplanted from another part of your body to shore up the jawbone. Several months are often necessary for new bone to grow.
  • Next, the implant is placed within your gums, directly connecting with the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Again, it will take time for the implant and bone to fuse correctly.
  • The abutment or support post is placed. Sometimes, this can be done simultaneously with the first implant procedure.
  • Finally, the artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. The tooth is carefully crafted to blend with the rest of your teeth and can be either removable or fixed.

Though dental implant surgery involves a process, it leaves you with a robust and new set of fully functional teeth. Call today to explore dental implants and determine if they’re a good option. The Dentist at Framingham staff will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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