Thanks to dental implants, you can replace teeth lost due to trauma, extractions, or decay. At Lakeside Family Dental, experienced general and family dentist Assia Fain, DMD, PhD, boasts years of experience placing and restoring dental implants. Dr. Fain’s knowledge and expertise ensure beautiful smiles and positive treatment outcomes. To make an appointment in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, call the office or book online today.
Dental implants are titanium posts that replace your natural tooth roots. They’re placed beneath your gums during an outpatient procedure and integrate with your jawbone over time.
After the implants fuse with your jaw, your Lakeside Family Dental provider covers them with crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. These prosthetics restore your smile to its near-original condition and allow you to bite and chew.
Dental implants offer various benefits, including:
Dental implants are also durable. If you brush and floss daily and visit Lakeside Family Dental twice each year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning, they can last a lifetime.
At Lakeside Family Dental, getting dental implants takes at least three visits.
During the first visit, your Lakeside Family Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes X-rays to assess your gums and jaw. If you have enough bone to support the implants and there aren’t signs of gum disease, your dentist numbs your mouth and places a series of implants into your jaw.
After the placement procedure, your provider writes a prescription for pain medication and provides care instructions for home.
It takes several months for dental implants to fuse with your jaw. Once that happens, you return to Lakeside Family Dental, and your provider takes scans of your mouth. They send your scans to a lab that manufactures your crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures.
When the lab finishes your implant restorations, you return to Lakeside Family Dental. Your dentist attaches the restorations to your dental implants, polishes them, and explains how to care for them.
You need to have a healthy jaw and gums to get dental implants. If your Lakeside Family Dental provider determines that you have gum disease or low bone volume, they might recommend periodontal treatment first.
For example, if you don’t have enough bone to support the implants, your provider might recommend a bone graft. A bone graft involves your dentist inserting a piece of synthetic bone material into your jaw. Once placed, the graft encourages the production of new bone tissue.
If you’re interested in replacing missing permanent teeth with dental implants, make an appointment at Lakeside Family Dental by calling the office or booking online today.