Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, we have permanent replacement options to meet every need.
- Placement & Restoration
- Implant Maintenance
- Single Tooth Implants
- Full Arch Implants
The dental implant process begins with initial placement surgery. During this step, your mouth will be numbed, and a small opening will be made in the gums and jaw. A titanium implant will be placed in this opening, which will then be ssutured to encourage healing.
Over the next 3-6 months, the implant will permanently attach to the jaw bone, creating a strong, stable point to which an implant restoration can be attached in order to replace your missing tooth.
Dental implant restorations are the false teeth that attach to implants to restore your smile. Dental crowns are the most common for single-tooth implants, but implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures are also used.
As you heal and recover from your procedure, the team at North Billerica Smiles will schedule multiple follow-ups in Billerica to begin crafting a natural-looking, durable dental implant restoration. Once you’re fully healed, your restoration will be attached to your implant or implants to fully restore your smile.
During your six-month visits to North Billerica Smiles, we’ll check your natural teeth and your implants to ensure your mouth is healthy. Beyond this, you’ll also need to make sure you continue to brush your teeth, gums, and implants twice a day at home. That’s it!
Single-tooth implants consist of one dental implant and a dental crown. The implant acts as an artificial root, while the crown functions as a replacement for your missing tooth. This is the most common type of dental implant, and is ideal for patients who are missing a few teeth but have otherwise healthy mouths.
Full-arch implants use a series of 4-6 implants that are placed in the upper, lower, or both arches of the mouth. A set of fixed or removable implant-supported dentures is built to attach to these implants. With full-arch implants, you can restore your entire smile while avoiding the drawbacks of dentures, such as a short lifespan and teeth shifting when you eat and speak.
As the name suggests, “mini” implants are about half the size and thickness of traditional dental implants. This means they are appropriate even for patients who have lost some jaw bone mass, and are less invasive. Mini implants are usually used to support a set of lower dentures, but may be used for a wide variety of different purposes.
We offer a variety of oral surgeries to prepare patients for dental implants. Our Billerica dentists can handle complex occlusion (bite) issues and adjustments, and perform bone grafts and sinus lifts to add bone mass in preparation for dental implants. We also offer alveoloplasty to smooth out tooth extraction sites and prepare for the dental implant surgery process.
Dental implants are a safe, reliable, and permanent approach to restoring missing teeth. The implant process begins with a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. Once the initial evaluation is completed, the jawbone is prepared to accept the implant. Afterward, we will place the implant into your jawbone before fixing a new crown. We will provide aftercare instructions after the procedure.
In some circumstances, dental implants can be done in a day. However, these restorations have temporary prosthetics to protect the area and keep your bite and smile functional until the implant is placed. The temporary restoration is fitted to allow you to speak and eat as the implant is healing.
Dental implants are ideal if you're looking for a permanent solution to missing teeth. They are a great replacement option because they look and feel like natural teeth. Not only do they restore your smile, but they also provide improved comfort and more stability while eating or speaking. Dental implants can also preserve the appearance of your jawline and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
Your dental implant can get infected. Peri-implantitis is a condition that can affect your implant due to poor aftercare procedures. For this reason, you should find a professional and reputable dentist to perform the procedure.
With adequate care and maintenance, dental implant solutions can last a lifetime. While the implant itself is permanent, some materials used to secure it may need to be replaced periodically. North Billerica Smiles's team of experienced dentists can help you understand what you must do to keep your dental implants in top condition.
Dental implants require the same precautions as natural teeth, such as brushing and flossing twice daily. Additionally, it is essential to attend regular follow-up appointments and cleanings with a dentist or hygienist. It is also crucial to avoid eating hard foods that could damage the implant. Doing so can ensure that your dental implants last for many years.
The entire process of fitting a dental implant shouldn't be painful. Here at North Billerica Smiles, we use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients get the best possible care in a painless and comfortable setting. Our dentists will always provide pre-and post-operation instructions to ensure you have the best experience possible.