Replace Missing Teeth with Modern Dental Implants in Newton, MA
Replacing missing teeth is essential to renewing oral health following trauma, severe decay, and other causes of tooth loss. Whether patients have lost one tooth or a full arch, Dr. Walid Ben Aissa and his Newton, MA dental team offer a variety of tooth replacement options to restore optimal oral health and repair patients’ smiles. In many cases, we’ll recommend placing one or more dental implants to replace the lost root structure of teeth and provide support for the replacement teeth. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental implants, contact us to schedule a dental implant consultation at Newton Smile Centre. We welcome patients from Brookline and all of the Greater Boston area.
The dental implant tooth replacement process is completed in two phases over the course of several months. The first phase of the process is the surgical placement of dental implants. We partner with a trusted local specialist to complete oral surgery. The procedure varies based on the number and location of the missing teeth, but the basic process remains the same. The surgeon will make a small incision in the gums, and then insert the implant. A protective cap is placed to protect the implant and allow the gums to retain the necessary shape to surround the replacement tooth naturally. Following the implant procedure, the patient will need to wait three to six months before completing the restoration. During this time, the titanium implant post fuses with the gums and supportive bone tissue mimicking the lost root structure. Once this process is complete, patients return to our Newton, MA office where we’ll attach the replacement tooth or teeth.
Patients missing between one and four consecutive teeth should consider implant-retained dental crowns and fixed bridges. These are the most natural looking and feeling tooth replacement options, and they closely mimic lost tooth structures. A single dental crown can be attached to one implant post to replace one lost tooth. One implant post can also be used to support two consecutive missing teeth by attaching two crowns connected crowns to the implant. Three to four consecutive teeth will likely need two implant posts for support. The bridge of custom crafted crowns are attached to an implant on each end. In some cases of more extensive tooth loss, we may be able to use a series of dental crowns and bridges to replace a greater number of teeth. This is a more invasive procedure than implant supported dentures, but for patients who have adequate jawbone density, it offers a more natural looking and feeling result.
Traditional partials and dentures are used to replace a number of teeth or a full arch of lost teeth. The implant-retained variety offers the same restoration for those who have experienced significant tooth loss without impacting the surrounding, healthy tooth structure. Instead of connecting the denture to surrounding teeth or relying on suction between teeth and gums, four to six implant posts support these dentures. The goal will be to use the number of dental implants necessary to provide adequate support for the denture while minimizing the impact of the implant placement procedure for the patient.