Not being able to eat favorite foods like a juicy steak or apple, missing out on a dream job, or a limited social life are real-life consequences of missing teeth. Although many people ignore this problem, especially in the back of their smiles, even a single missing tooth can cause loss of bone and shifting of surrounding teeth. In addition, the empty spaces can harbor bacteria and cause a gum infection that can spread to other parts of your body when left untreated. Fortunately, dental implants are the ideal solution to prevent these issues from impacting your quality of life. They offer incredible versatility because they can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch lost to dental trauma, decay, or gum disease. This coupled with longevity, functional benefits, and natural appearance is why dental implants are considered the gold standard tooth replacement solution. We offer free initial consultations and second opinions for dental implants in Holbrook and Scituate, MA because we’ve seen firsthand how they transform patients’ lives and want you to obtain the same benefits!
Dental implants are made up of three components—post, abutment, and restoration—that mimic the function of natural teeth. Secured in your jawbone, dental implants are one of the most versatile tooth replacements available, able to replace any number of missing teeth. This permanent solution requires the precision of a skilled implant dentist and advanced surgical technology to optimize the outcomes of your treatment and its long-term success. Our team routinely provides dental implant treatment across a variety of cases, leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and high-quality materials for best results. With our expertise, we can help you experience a life of health, function, and confidence with dental implants in Holbrook & Scituate, MA!
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that replicates your tooth root, a connector piece called an abutment, and a customized crown that resembles and replaces your natural tooth. After the implant fuses with your jaw bone in a process called osseointegration, it provides a strong artificial tooth root to support the crown. Full mouth implants enable biting with increased force (up to 70% more), prevent bone deterioration, and restore facial features. At Pearl Dental Associates, we customize treatment options to meet your unique needs, enabling you to enjoy a smile with long-term functional and aesthetically pleasing benefits.
State-of-the-art options offered at Pearl Dental Associates include natural-looking dental implants for single teeth, zirconia bridges for several missing teeth, and full mouth dental implants. For single missing teeth, we can create the crown in house using CEREC technology or send it out to a specialized dental lab to create E.Max® crowns milled from a solid lithium disilicate block. We also offer All-on-4, an alternative option to traditional dentures that maximizes the use of available bone with placement of a minimum of four implants. Implant-supported dentures eliminate many of the problems associated with your grandparents’ dentures, including discomfort, slipping, clicking, and falling out when eating! Dental implants in Scituate and Holbrook, MA will help you eat comfortably and more nutritiously, feel confident in a complete smile, and live an overall healthier and better quality of life.
Most dental practices have to refer implant patients to an outside specialist, which adds time, money, and stress to the process. Dr. Teresa Salem and her team have the experience and special training needed to complete the entire procedure from start to finish, with the clinical excellence they bring to all procedures. This includes planning, placing, and restoring dental implants. Dr. Salem has attained Diplomate status in the International Dental Implant Association as a result of her vast expertise and experience placing and restoring dental implants in Scituate and Holbrook, MA, as well as on multiple charitable missions to the Dominican Republic. Dr. Salem continually strives to advance her implant skills and deliver the best possible outcomes by attending symposiums and courses focused on the latest dental implant techniques and technologies.
During your initial visit, we evaluate your oral and general health to look for issues that may impact your body’s ability to heal or fight infections, such as untreated gum disease. We encourage you to ask any questions or discuss concerns at this appointment. A CT scan is taken to assess the health of your jawbone and make sure there is adequate jaw bone volume to support the implant posts. The CT scans are also used to precisely pinpoint the most optimal areas for placement and to create custom surgical guides we use the day of surgery. If you don’t have sufficient bone, we may recommend bone grafting or a sinus lift to strengthen the area.
We administer minimal oral sedation or anesthesia to ensure your ultimate comfort. Gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone, then a small hole is drilled for insertion of the titanium post. After your gum tissue is sutured closed, the area heals over the next three or more months. Once your jawbone is completely healed, you’ll return to our office for a second minor surgery to attach the abutments. To help our lab craft high-quality tooth restorations that perfectly match the natural color, size, and shape of your other teeth, we take additional digital impressions.
The final cost of an implant procedure can vary depending on specific patient’s needs, including how many teeth need to be replaced, location in the mouth, and the type of restoration being used. Although dental implants are associated with a higher initial cost, their longevity and amazing benefits make them the most cost-effective long-term tooth replacement option. Regular dentures and bridges typically need to be completely replaced every 7-10 years, compounding their cost, while implants can often last 30 years or more. To help you afford this transformative treatment, we’ll file insurance claims on your behalf, work diligently to maximize your benefits, and offer financing with two leading financing companies to enable manageable monthly payments.
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