If you are looking for a long-lasting restoration to replace a missing tooth or teeth, Chestnut Hill Dental is happy to offer dental implants for our patients in Chestnut Hill, MA. Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically placed in your gums and jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. One or more posts can be attached to a bridge, crown, or denture for a natural-looking restoration that can be used like your real teeth. When you want to fix a gap from a missing tooth or teeth, schedule a consultation to hear more about dental implants at Chestnut Hill Dental. You may enjoy dental implants if you want to avoid food restrictions or removable dentures. Speak with our team about your needs to decide if implants are a good choice for you.
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Implant dentistry can replace a single missing tooth or several teeth by connecting it to an implant-supported bridge, crown, or denture. You may want an implant if you have a dental restoration, but are bothered by the look, comfort, or extra care needed. Implant-supported restorations can be cared for just like your regular teeth with regular brushing and flossing. During your dental implant consultation, our team will assess the health of your gums and jawbone to decide if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. If needed, a gum or bone graft may be completed before the implant is placed to strengthen the implant's foundation. Dental implant surgery is not a good choice if you are pregnant, use tobacco products, or are being treated for another condition including gingivitis.
What To Expect
Before the dental implant is placed, you may need to have damaged teeth extracted, plus gum or bone grafts. As soon as your mouth is ready for the implant to be placed, the treatment area will be numbed with local anesthesia. Sedation methods can be included to keep you comfortable during the process. One of our experienced dental professionals will create an incision in your gums and then insert the titanium post in your jawbone. The incision will be sutured closed with part of the implant visible above the gumline. This process will continue if multiple posts are needed. As the implant integrates with the jawbone and gums over the next several months, a temporary crown or cover will be used to cover and protect the implants. Once we decide the dental implant has successfully integrated with your gums and jaw, your chosen custom restoration (bridge, crown, or denture) will be attached to the post and adjusted for a proper fit.
You may notice some temporary swelling in your gums and face, as well as bruising, discomfort, and some minor bleeding following your dental implant surgery. A member of our team will tell you what you should expect during recovery and when to contact our office. We may also write a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. As soon as your implants have healed and your custom restoration has been attached, you should maintain a good home oral care routine with flossing, brushing, and mouthwash. You should attend annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings at Chestnut Hill Dental so our team can track the health of your implants and restorations. We will decide if your implants or restorations need to be repaired or replaced.
Depending on your dental insurance and exact coverage, a portion of the cost of your implant surgery and restoration may be covered. Our office will contact your insurance company to determine your policy and calculate your out-of-pocket costs. After your consultative appointment, our support staff can estimate your costs and talk to you about payment methods, including medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Implant dentistry can be a wonderful choice if you would like a natural-looking replacement for a missing tooth that's easy to clean and lasts for years. We will take the time to help you understand the entire process from the surgical technique to the placement of your custom restoration. If you would like to learn more about implant dentistry, schedule your consultation at Chestnut Hill Dental.