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 this procedure may be able to benefit you.
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.
Dental implants provide several benefits that make them superior to other tooth replacement options:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most practices 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 perform the surgery right here in our office. Then, after you have recovered, you will come back to us so we can design and place your custom restorations.
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.