Tooth loss can have serious consequences for your physical and emotional well-being. Although modern dentistry offers a number of ways to replace lost dentition, dental implants stand out as the best. They provide some remarkable benefits — in fact, many dentists agree that they are the next best thing to natural teeth. At Fresh Pond Dental, we are proud to offer comprehensive tooth replacment options, using dental implants in Cambridge, MA. Call us to find out more about how this treatment may benefit you.
A dental implant is a small cylinder, usually made out of a titanium alloy, that we place into the jawbone at the site of a lost tooth. Following placement, it bonds with the tissue around it in a process known as osseointegration. It is thus able to act as the substitute for the root of a missing tooth. It supports a crown, bridge, or denture that replaces the visible portion of the lost tooth (or teeth).
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental implants include:
Most people who have suffered tooth loss are candidates for dental implants. They may be able to help you whether you have lost one tooth, a few teeth, or all of your teeth.
If you are missing just one tooth, we can place a single dental implant into your jaw. After you heal from the placement surgery, we will design a custom crown to permanently go on top of the implant. This is a sturdier and longer-lasting option than a traditional dental bridge.
If all of your missing teeth are adjacent to one another, we can use one or two dental implants to support an implant-supported bridge. If your missing teeth are at various places throughout the mouth, we will design a plan to replace them using as few dental implants as possible.
For patients who have lost all of their teeth throughout a dental arch, we recommend an implant-supported denture. This type of denture may be permanently fixed in place, or it may simply “snap” onto and off of the implants. Implant-supported dentures provide stability, comfort, and longevity that traditional dentures cannot.
Mini dental implants have a smaller circumference than regular dental implants. They may be used to support a denture, crown, or bridge. Whether or not we will recommend mini dental implants for you depends on the strength of your bone, the location of your lost teeth, and other factors.
We may be able to replace an entire arch of teeth with as few as four strategically placed dental implants, which are inserted where the bone is naturally strong and thick. You can even receive a provisional (temporary) denture to accompany the implants on the same day as your placement surgery!
Many dental offices have to refer patients to an outside specialist for at least part of the dental implant procedure, particularly the implant placement surgery. In most cases, our highly trained doctors are able to perform the entire treatment right here in our dental office, from your initial consultation all the way to the moment when you receive your final restoration. You can thus gain peace of mind from knowing that you will be the same trustworthy team through every stage of your treatment journey.
The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. Logically, if you need one implant, the cost will be much less than if you require full mouth replacement. Other factors, such as the extent of any necessary preliminary treatment, also have a bearing on the overall cost. When you visit us for your consultation, we will provide you with a candid estimate for the price of your treatment. Often, dental insurance is willing to pay for at least a portion of the procedure. Financing is also available for many patients.
Although dental implants may seem expensive, they are actually a worthwhile investment. Their longevity may even make them a better long-term value than tooth replacement options that last for just a few years. Plus, it is impossible to assign a monetary value to the other benefits they offer, such as the confidence that comes from having a fully functional, natural-looking, and natural-feeling set of teeth.