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Dental Implants – Needham, MA

The Gold Standard in Tooth Replacement

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Although we offer a few different types of tooth replacement, we always recommend dental implants in Needham as the best option for patients who are candidates for the procedure. This remarkable treatment is unique because it replaces teeth from the roots up. Here at Gillis Dental, we are proud to be able to perform every step of the implant process in one convenient location. We invite you to call us to learn more about how tooth repalcement with dental implants in our Needham, MA dental office may be able to benefit you.

Why Choose Gillis Dental for Dental Implants?

What is a Dental Implant?

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The dental implant procedure involves placing a prosthetic tooth root into the mouth that bonds to the jawbone just like a real one. This gives the implant the stability it needs to support a restoration on top that replaces the visible portion of a tooth. One implant can be attached to a crown to fill a single gap, while a small number of implants can serve as the foundation of a bridge or denture that is guaranteed to stay in place during eating and speaking.

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

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Most dental offices must refer patients to an outside specialist for the dental implant placement surgery, which can cost extra time and money. Moreover, many patients are nervous about visiting someone who has never treated them before. When you choose Gillis Dental, you can avoid such issues. Our team has the training and experience necessary to provide complete dental implant care, including your initial consultation, the implant placement surgery, osseointegration and abutment placement, and restoration.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

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During your initial consultation, our team will take some images of your mouth, learn about your oral health, and start planning the details of your treatment. If necessary, we will incorporate preparatory procedures, such as gum disease treatment or bone grafting, into your treatment plan. We will provide a rough timeline estimate and financial information to prepare you for the road ahead.

Your consultation is a prime opportunity for you to ask questions about dental implants and what to expect throughout the treatment process. We want you to be well-informed before you commit to anything!

Dental Implant Surgery

Illustration of dental implant in jawbone next to natural tooth

We perform dental implant surgery right here in our Needham office, so it is unlikely that you will need to visit an outside specialist for any portion of your treatment.

The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. First, we make sure you will feel little to nothing by administering local anesthetic. Then, we will make incisions in your gums, place the implants in their pre-planned positions, and close the incisions before we send you home to start your recovery. Most patients are feeling well enough to return to work within a few days of their procedure.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Dental implant, abutment, and restoration on reflective surface

After the implants are in your jawbone, osseointegration should take place. Basically, this is the biological process that allows the implant posts to form a strong bond with your jawbone. It allows them to provide a sturdy base for the crown, bridge, or denture that you will receive in the future.

Once adequate osseointegration has occurred, you may need to undergo another minor surgery, wherein we will expose the implant tops and place healing caps on them. Later, the caps will be replaced by abutments, which are small connector pieces that will help your new teeth stay in place. (Some patients receive abutments on the same day as their initial implant surgery, so this second procedure is not necessary in all cases.)

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

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When you are ready for your new teeth, we will use an advanced scanner to take impressions of your mouth. Those impressions, along with detailed design notes, will get sent to a dental laboratory, which will fabricate your beautiful new teeth.

Once your restoration is ready, we will verify that it measures up to our strict quality standards before we attach it to your implants. Then, you can go and start to adapt to your new smile. Before you know it, you can expect to fully experience the many benefits of implant-supported tooth replacement.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants provide several benefits that make them superior to other tooth replacement options:

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

Man looking at smile in mirror after dental implant tooth replacement

Dental implants are a versatile treatment. Whether you are missing one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth, they may be an appropriate solution for you.

Missing One Tooth

Woman smiling after replacing one missing tooth with dental implant restoration

To replace a single tooth, we insert one dental implant into the jawbone. After the implant bonds with the tissue around it, it is ready to act as a substitute tooth root. Then, we place a custom crown on top of it to replace the visible portion of the lost tooth.

Missing Multiple Teeth

Man smiling after replacing multiple missing teeth

If your missing teeth are all in a row, we will likely recommend that you receive an implant-supported bridge. This type of restoration is similar to a traditional bridge, but instead of relying on the remaining natural teeth for support, it is anchored in the jawbone via dental implants.

Missing All Teeth

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For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth, we can strategically place dental implants throughout the jawbone to provide support for an implant-supported denture. This type of restoration may be permanently fixed in place, or it may “snap” onto and off of the implants.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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Because no two patients are the same, we cannot provide an estimate for the total cost of treatment without first performing an examination. Many factors, including pre-existing oral health conditions and the number of implants needed, affect cost. Also, keep in mind that each stage of the procedure, including preparatory treatment, the placement surgery, the abutments (small pieces that connect the implants to the restorations), and the final restoration, comes with its own price.

When you visit us for a consultation, we will provide you with a personalized estimate of the cost of your treatment. We will also help you explore financing and insurance options that may help you to afford this potentially life-changing procedure.

Although dental implants present a significant cost, they are well worth it! The stability and function they provide make them a truly wise investment in your oral health. Plus, because they stand the test of time so well, they may end up costing you less in the long run than prosthetics that require replacement every few years.

Dental Implant Failure & Salvage

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Generally speaking, dental implants are a successful treatment; they thrive in more than 95% of cases. Of course, there is always the slight chance that failure will occur, perhaps due to infection, underlying illness, or other factors. If you ever believe that not all is well with your dental implants, contact us right away. After we evaluate the situation, we will be able to recommend an appropriate salvage treatment. Our goal is to get your oral health back on track as soon as possible!

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