Dental Implants—Holbrook, MA
Steps to Completing Your Smile with Dental Implants
Dental implants in Holbrook have quickly become the preferred solution to replace missing teeth because they provide over a 95% success rate. The process to complete your smile varies considerably when compared to traditional treatments, like dentures. You do not need to feel intimidated by the process. We take the time to explain each step of your treatment and what you can expect to head into your procedure with confidence.
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants are suitable for most patients who have one or more missing teeth; however, you will require a thorough consultation for dental implants in Scituate. We evaluate your oral and general health to look for any issues that may impact your body’s ability to heal or fight infections, such as untreated gum disease. We also take a CT scan to assess the health of your jawbone to ensure it can support the implant posts. In some cases, we may recommend additional treatments before placing your posts, like bone grafting or a sinus lift.
Dental Implant Surgery
We use the CT scan of your mouth to pinpoint the precise location to insert your posts into your jawbone, which will require an oral surgery. Sedation or anesthesia is used during the process to ensure your comfort. Your gum tissue is opened to expose your jawbone. A small hole is drilled into it for each post to be inserted. Your gum tissue is sutured closed and the healing process begins.
If you are replacing all your teeth with All-on-4, a temporary denture is placed on your posts the same day of your surgery, so you do not need to go without your teeth while you heal.
Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment
After your implant posts are placed, the healing process begins. The posts stimulate your jawbone to encourage new growth. This allows your bone and the posts to fuse to one another to create a stable foundation for your new smile. The process will take several weeks, but it is necessary to ensure your implants last for several decades.
Once your jawbone is healed, you need a second minor surgery to attach your abutments. They act as a connector piece between each post and restoration. Your gum tissue is opened to expose the post to allow the fixture to be attached. Your gum heals around the abutment in about 2 weeks to create a natural-looking gum line while sealing out bacteria.
Placement of Dental Implant Restorations
We take a digital impression of your mouth to create your dental prosthetics. They are carefully crafted to meet the color, size, and shape you need to look natural. If you are replacing a single tooth, a dental crown is all that is needed. Multiple teeth are replaced using a custom-made bridge that is anchored to your jawbone. An entire arch is treated using a denture that is secured using an average of 4 implant posts.
Complete Your Smile Today
During your consultation, we take the time to explain your treatment process and answer your questions. Contact our office today to rebuild your smile with dental implants.