Dental Implants In Billerica

Permanent Replacements For Missing Teeth

Dental Implants

Whether you’re missing one tooth or a full arch of teeth, we have permanent replacement options to meet every need.

Dental implants consist of a metal implant that’s placed directly into your gums and jaw, along with an implant restoration (such as a crown) that permanently attaches to the implant. At North Billerica Smiles, our dentists specialize in dental implant preparation, placement, and restoration. Contact us now to schedule an appointment in Billerica and see if dental implants are right for you. 

Our Implant Services Include:

- Placement & Restoration
- Implant Maintenance
- Single Tooth Implants
- Full Arch Implants

Skilled Treatment

Dental Implant Placement Surgery

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. 

Natural-Looking Results

Dental Implant Restorations

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.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy

Dental Implant Maintenance

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!

Replace One Tooth

Single-Tooth Implants

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.

Comprehensive Restoration

Full-Arch Implants

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.

Minimally-Invasive Treatment

Mini Implants

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.

Prepare For Your Implants

Oral Surgery

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.

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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

The actual titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone and is the anchor of the implant that holds the entire restoration in place is incredibly durable, biocompatible, and lasts for a minimum of 25 years. 

With proper care, implants are built to last a lifetime and you may never have to replace them. What you will have to replace, however, is the restoration that is attached to the implant. For single-tooth implants, this would be a dental crown

Crowns last anywhere from 5 to 15 years depending on their material and location in the mouth. If you have full-arch implants, then you will have a denture attached to a series of implants. Dentures last for 5 to 10 years, on average. 

Once a dental implant is integrated into the jaw bone and has undergone successful osseointegration, the implant will never move. Instead, you will have a sturdy anchor for your tooth that fully restores the natural feel, function, and appearance of a real tooth. You will be able to eat whatever you want without worrying about your tooth moving or falling out.

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how do dental implants work?

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!

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How to Take Care of Dental Implants

While dental implants are built to last and are low maintenance, you will need to care for them properly and practice good oral hygiene to prevent implant failure. An implant can fail for a variety of reasons, but one of the most common ones is an infection known as peri-implantitis which is caused by poor oral hygiene. 

The good news is that implant failure is incredibly rare and only occurs in 5% of all cases. To care for your implants, you should avoid smoking entirely, which greatly increases your risk of implant failure. 

Just like your natural teeth, you should brush your implant restorations with a soft bristle toothbrush twice a day. However, you will need to make sure you use a low-abrasive toothpaste that won’t damage your implants. You should floss between your restorations with an interdental brush at least once a day. 

You should also periodically rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce bacteria. Regular cleanings and checkups are important to remove plaque and tartar buildup and to check on the condition of your implants and restorations. At your regular appointments, the dentist will perform a thorough cleaning around the implants themselves to keep them healthy.

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Is the Process Painful?

No, the implant process is not painful. Dental implants are placed under local anesthesia. Your mouth is fully numbed and you don’t feel any pain at all. However, you may also prefer to be sedated so you have a decreased awareness of what’s going on. 

We recommend this if you have dental anxiety, are afraid of needles, or don’t like hearing noises or feeling the pressure of surgical tools moving in your mouth. We offer three different types of sedation varying in intensity. This will not only ensure you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, but it will also prevent you from remembering any of the details of the procedure once it’s over.

We Look Forward To Meeting You.

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