Dental Implants – Milton, MA
Building Stronger, Long-Lasting Smiles
Thanks to Dr. Kevin Thomas’s advanced training, when you have a missing tooth to replace, we can take advantage of modern dental technology and techniques to permanently fill the gap with a highly durable dental implant that looks and feels like the real thing. Implants have been used to repair smiles for decades now, and they are more reliable than ever before; they are highly recommended for anyone who can receive them. If you would like to learn more about implants and think they might be the right treatment for you, call us today to schedule an in-depth consultation to discuss tooth replacement with dental implants in Milton, MA.
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Benefits of Dental Implants
- Superior Stability: A dental implant actually consists of both an implant post and a restoration such as a crown, a bridge, or dentures. The post is placed directly into the jaw so that it can fuse with the bone, which effectively means it becomes a part of your body. This keeps your dental restoration firmly in place so that you can eat all of your favorite foods again. You also do not have to remove your teeth in order to clean them.
- Dazzling Appearance: The dental implant itself will be completely hidden under the gums, and the restorations they support will be made out of a ceramic that has been color-matched to the rest of your natural smile. The result is new teeth that look and feel natural.
- No Bone Loss: Once your teeth are gone, your body decides that the section of jawbone that supported them is no longer needed. As such, the tissue in that area will start to break down. Once dental implants have been placed, they’ll provide the stimulation that encourages blood to continue flowing to the area, allowing the bone to maintain itself. A healthy jawbone will retain its strength and appearance as time passes.
- Long Lifespan: Dental implants can last an extremely long time compared to traditional restorations and can even stay in your mouth for an entire lifetime without being replaced.
Indications for Dental Implants
No matter how severe your tooth loss is, dental implants can be considered as long as your jaw and your gums are still healthy.
Missing One Tooth
We don’t have to remove enamel from surrounding teeth to replace a single tooth with a bridge. We can simply place an implant post in the empty space and attach a crown to it to recomplete your smile.
Missing Multiple Teeth
Whether you simply want to preserve your natural teeth, or if they’re already too weak to support a regular bridge, you can consider implants as an alternative for replacing multiple teeth in a row. A pair of implants can support a single bridge, granting it extra stability as well as longevity.
Missing All Teeth
It only takes about four to six implants to support full dentures. Once the surgery is done and your implants are ready to bear the load of your new teeth, you won’t have to worry about dentures that slip while speaking or chewing. You’ll also have a much stronger bite and will be able to eat tougher foods such as steak that tend to give traditional denture-wearers trouble.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
The dental implant treatment process is different for everyone based on their needs. An estimated cost can only be formed after we’ve examined your mouth and determined the number of implants needed, where they’ll need to be placed, and the kind of restoration that will be anchored to them. The initial cost of dental implants is normally higher than that of other tooth replacement options, but over time you’ll find that they can actually save you money. That is because they can last for decades at a time, meaning you’ll be paying for replacements much less often, if at all. In comparison, bridges and dentures often have to be replaced every 5 to 7 years depending on the care they received in that time.
Preliminary Treatments & Dental Implant Surgery
If you have gum disease or need to have a tooth extracted prior to implant placement, these treatments can also add to your overall cost. However, taking care of these procedures beforehand can better prepare your mouth to receive implants. After the implant post placement, your mouth will need about three to six months to fully heal and accept the implant.
The Parts of Your Dental Implant
Once the jawbone has surrounded the post, we can then place the abutment or connection piece. At that point, we’ll wait for the gum tissue to heal around it, which usually takes a couple of weeks. Then, we can focus on creating your new crown, bridge, or denture to be attached on top.
Final Dental Implant Restoration
Whether you’re missing just one tooth or an entire arch, we’ll design your prosthetic teeth to look and feel as natural as possible. With implant dentures, you can choose to have them permanently affixed or have them be removeable, but either way, they won’t slip out of position when you eat, smile, or laugh. Your implant-retained restorations will be strong and give you a much more powerful bite than traditional dentures or bridges all while looking like you never lost any teeth in the first place.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Implants?
It depends on your insurance plan; most do not cover the implant placement and abutment parts of this treatment. Keep in mind, however, that your restoration will most likely be covered in part by your insurance. Also, the cost of some preliminary work, such as gum disease therapy, may also be reduced with insurance. Before we begin, we’ll closely look at your unique plan and let you know what you’ll be responsible for paying out-of-pocket, so you’ll have fewer surprises.
Making Dental Implants Affordable
Paying for dental implants entirely upfront may not be possible. The good news is that we accept payment through CareCredit or LendingClub, which are trusted third-party financiers. They can divide the overall cost into an easier monthly bill at a low or even zero interest rate. As a result, your dental implants and your more confident smile may comfortably fit within your budget.