Quality Dental Implants in Somerville, MA

Dental implants are ideal for anyone suffering from missing teeth, offering a way to restore your smile and regain confidence and functionality. They serve as a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth that look and feel like natural teeth.

Smile Dental Group understands the importance of a confident smile. Our team in Somerville, MA, can provide a seamless implant process. We focus on your comfort and satisfaction, ensuring personalized care from start to finish.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow dentists to mount replacement teeth onto them. Since implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. This means replacement teeth mounted to implants won’t shift around in your mouth—an important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit also helps replacement teeth feel more natural than typical dentures or bridges. 

Dental implants can last 25 years or more with proper care.

Types of Dental Implants

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most commonly used type of dental implant. They involve the insertion of small titanium screws directly into the jawbone, where they act as artificial roots for holding replacement teeth. This type of implant is recommended for patients with a healthy jawbone sufficient to support the implant.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are an alternative to endosteal implants, primarily used for patients who do not have enough healthy jawbones.

Unlike endosteal implants, subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. Posts attached to the frame protrude through the gums to hold the prosthesis.

Zygomatic Implants

These are a less common type of dental implant, used for patients who have insufficient bone in their upper jaw. These implants are anchored into the cheekbone instead of the jawbone.

What Is the Dental Implant Procedure?

The dental implant procedure is comprehensive and involves several steps to ensure the best outcome. Here’s what you can expect:

Initial Consultation

The first step is a thorough examination of your oral health. It includes X-rays, 3D images, or creating models of your teeth and jaw.

Treatment Planning

Considering the number of teeth missing and the condition of your jawbone, the dentist customizes a treatment plan. This step may involve collaboration among dental specialists.

Tooth Extraction

If needed, any damaged or remaining tooth where the implant will be placed is removed.

Bone Grafting

Dentists may recommend bone grafting for patients with insufficient jawbones to provide a solid base for the implant. This step may include a healing period before the implant procedure can continue.

Implant Placement

The dental implant, a titanium post, is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia.

Healing and Bone Integration

After the dentists surgically place the implant, the patient will go through a healing period to allow the jawbone to grow around and unite with the surface of the dental implant. This process, known as osseointegration, can take several months.

Abutment Placement

Once osseointegration finishes, an abutment, which will hold the new tooth, is attached to the implant. This may include a minor surgical procedure to expose the implant and fit the abutment.

Artificial Tooth Placement

After your gums heal, the dentist will make impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth to create the crown — your realistic-looking artificial tooth. They will then attach the crown to the implant abutment.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?

  • Have a Fully Grown Jawbone. Candidates must have completed their jawbone growth. It makes dental implants more suitable for adults rather than children.

  • Have Adequate Bone Density. Sufficient bone density is necessary to support the implant. Dentists might suggest bone grafting if the bone is too thin or soft before proceeding with the implant.

  • Have Healthy Oral Tissues. Good gum health is crucial for the success of dental implants, as the gums support and surround the implant structure.

  • Are Not Suitable Candidates for Dentures or Bridges. Some individuals might not be able to tolerate dentures or may lack the necessary teeth to support a bridge, making implants a better option.

  • Do Not Have Health Conditions That Affect Bone Healing. Chronic diseases or health conditions that impede bone growth or healing could disqualify someone as a candidate for dental implants.

Smile Dental Group Offers Dental Implants

Smile Dental Group is always happy to bring back your smile and confidence with high-quality dental implants. If you’re considering this procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team in Somerville, MA. We will evaluate your oral health and determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. Our personalized care and expertise ensure successful outcomes and a comfortable experience throughout the entire implant process.

Don't let missing teeth hold you back—let us help restore your smile today!

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