Dental implants are a permanent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They’re also an area of specialty for Greg Rosenblatt, DMD, of Saugus Smiles in Saugus, Massachusetts. If you’re considering various tooth replacement options, schedule a time to come in for a dental exam and a personalized consultation. Booking a visit is fast and easy with the online scheduling tool, or you’re always welcome to call the office to check appointment availability.
If you have one or more missing teeth, the problem is deeper than just an aesthetic concern. Your teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue. Each time you bite down, you stimulate the underlying bone, keeping it healthy and strong.
When you lose one or more teeth, the bone tissue that lies beneath can begin to wear away, a process called resorption. That can weaken the connections of the surrounding teeth and lead to a cascade of negative effects.
Dental implants are artificial teeth that are anchored into your natural bone tissue. They’re a permanent tooth replacement option. Once in place, they look and act just like your natural teeth.
Implants consist of three components. The implant itself is a metal post that sits within your jawbone. An abutment is a small piece that attaches to the visible portion of the implant. An artificial crown connects to the abutment and is the only visible portion of the dental implant.
Some dental implants are designed without an abutment. The crown portion simply attaches directly to the implant. Another type of dental implant is called All-on-FourⓇ, which has an entire span of artificial teeth that are anchored to four implants in your jawbone.
Getting dental implants is a form of oral surgery. If you have one or more teeth that need to be removed to make room for your implant, that occurs first. Then Dr. Rosenblatt opens your gum tissue to gain access to the underlying bone.
You’ll receive an injection of numbing medication to keep you comfortable during the process. Dr. Rosenblatt drills a small hole to ease the process of placing the implant post into your bone tissue. Your gums are closed over the implant and a period of healing follows to allow your bone tissue to fuse with the implant.
When you’re healed, you return to the office to have the abutment and crown portions of the implant placed. Once the crown is securely attached, the restoration is complete and your implant will look and function just like your natural teeth.
From start to finish, the entire process can take several months, depending on how your body responds to the implant procedure.
Learn more about dental implants during a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Rosenblatt, which you can book online or by phone today.