Missing teeth can cause more than just cosmetic issues. When an individual has lost several teeth, he or she can find it difficult to eat and speak in some cases. In these situations, a patient needs a permanent, stable solution like dental implants to enhance the appearance and function of natural teeth.
When patients are ready to restore their smiles with full arch dental implants, they can visit our Boston, MA, office for a consultation. Our experienced dental team works closely with patients to design a treatment plan that will meet their needs. Once the implants are in place, patients can enjoy all of the things they may have been missing, such as their favorite foods.
This type of implant treatment can replace the entire top or bottom row of missing teeth with only four implants. Instead of receiving an implant for each missing tooth, a dentist in our Boston office strategically places the implants in your jawbone to support a bridge. The bridge consists of natural-looking teeth that will look and act like your own teeth.
Dental implants provide patients with an array of benefits. Patients can expect:
The best candidates for full arch dental implants should have several missing teeth. The patient should also have relatively good oral health. If a patient has tooth decay, gum disease, or bone disease, these conditions have to be addressed before the procedure. Patients with bone loss might need to undergo bone graft treatment prior to dental implant surgery.
For patients with certain illnesses like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes, your dentist will need to determine if your health is adequate for the procedure. Additionally, smokers should cease smoking to ensure they heal appropriately after the treatment.
Several appointments are normally involved to place the implants. Once you are deemed a candidate for the procedure, your dentist uses a CT scan to make a replica 3-D model of your mouth. The model allows the doctor to place the implants in the appropriate locations for better results.
The implants are installed in the jawbone through small incisions. Over several months, the implants fuse with the bone during the osseointegration process. Once your gums have sufficiently healed, a connector or abutment is placed on top of the implant. Your gums will heal for several more weeks. Finally, the dentist places the customized bridge on top of the implants. The bridge will match the size, shape, and color of your remaining teeth.
Patients should follow all of their dentist’s instructions to properly maintain their implants. They should also visit their doctor regularly for check-ups. Implants are easy to care for, similar to your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are required to keep implants looking great and performing as they should. With proper care, some individuals can enjoy their implants for a lifetime.
If you are interested in learning more about full arch dental implants and how the treatment can benefit you, contact our Boston office. Patients can reach us at (617) 582-2479 or conveniently schedule an appointment online.
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*Disclaimer: results are not guaranteed, may not be permanent, and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients.