Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants at Worcester Endodontics
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. To find out if you are candidate for dental implants in Worcester, MA, please call us for a consultation appointment.
What are dental implants?
The implants themselves are titanium cylinders, which are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing at Worcester Endodontics. These metal foundations act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong base for artificial teeth. Posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Implant bonded to jawbone
Artificial tooth attached to implant
The Surgical Procedure
For most Worcester, MA patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants beneath the surface of the gums are gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time.
This radiograph demonstrates an implant integrated into the bone in the lower (mandibular) molar area. The abutment (equivalent to a crown preparation) at the top of the implant will hold the permanent restoration.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Our Worcester, MA team will attach posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, our Worcester, MA endodontists are able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implants can be placed at the same time as a tooth extraction - further minimizing the number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant technology have made it possible, in select cases, to extract teeth and place implants with crowns at one visit. This procedure is called “immediate loading,” and greatly simplifies the surgical process.
What types of prostheses are available?
The crown on the implant looks, feels, and functions the same as a natural tooth. With today's modern implant technology, the gum tissue around the implant appears the same as it would for a natural tooth.
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace one missing tooth – each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or fixed) is recommended by our Worcester, MA team. A removable prosthesis (over denture) attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed prosthesis is permanent and removable only by your dentist or a Worcester Endodontics professional.
Worcester Endodontics performs in-office implant surgery in a hospital-style operating suite, thus optimizing the level of sterility.
Why dental implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve your life. When you have several missing teeth either due to recent events or it’s something you have lived with for years, chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself. Our Worcester, MA staff is here to help you during this difficult time.
Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons. Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a partial at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures which slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
If you are considering this procedure, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed at our Worcester, MA office. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended. Because the success rate for smokers is significantly less than for non-smokers, Worcester Endodontics will not place implants in patients who smoke.
What type of anesthesia is used?
The majority of dental implant placement and bone grafting can be performed at Worcester Endodontics under local anesthesia, with or without nitrous oxide analgesia.
Do implants need special care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
Contact Worcester Endodontics today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Mary Guzek and Dr. Mariya Shnaydman regularly see patients from Worcester, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Millbury, Auburn, and other Massachusetts areas. If this will be your initial appointment at our Worcester, MA practice, take a look at our new patient page. For dentists or other dental professionals interested in learning more about our practice, we encourage you to explore our website, and then call us. Our team is happy to answer your questions.