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. 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 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 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.
A dental implant includes two parts: an abutment and a restoration. Together, these two pieces create a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a natural one would.
The first step of the dental implant process is a consultation at North Billerica Smiles. During your visit, we’ll assess your smile to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If so, we’ll move onto the treatment planning phase.
One of our dentists will take x-rays and scans of your mouth, then use the detailed images of your teeth, gums, jawline, and surrounding bone structures to come up with a precise treatment plan. Once this is complete, you will come in for your oral surgery and your abutment will be placed in your gum. When this heals, this is the part of your implant that will function as an artificial tooth root.
3-6 Months after your abutment is places and your gums are fully healed, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. During your last visit, we’ll attach a dental crown or other restoration to the abutment, and this will create a replacement tooth that looks and feels natural. You’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile with ease - with no gaps in your teeth!
Since dental implants are an invasive oral surgery, you can expect to feel some pain. However, we use powerful numbing agents and anesthetics to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. What’s more, we also send you home with a prescription for medication that will help ease your pain, if necessary. We do everything in our power to provide a smooth, pain-free implant treatment.
With proper care and oral hygiene, your dental implant should last the rest of your life. We also offer maintenance appointments to help ensure that your implant stays in good shape throughout the years.