Dental Implants – Burlington, MA
Rebuild Your Beautiful Smile with a Comprehensive Solution
Here at Complete Dental Care, Dr. James P. Kostas understands how devastating life can be when you don’t have all of your teeth. While dentures and dental bridges look more lifelike than ever before, they don’t quite feel like your original pearly whites, but dental implants do. As the only option that recreates the entire structure of missing teeth, dental implants in Burlington improve your appearance, prevent bone loss in the jaw, and help you maintain great oral health. Contact us today to learn more about how dental implants can change your life!
Why Choose Dr. James P. Kostas for Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants Placed & Restored in One Place
- Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry & the American Dental Implant Association
- Plenty of Flexible Financing Options Available
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is inserted in the gums in the area where the missing tooth’s root structure was. Once placed, the post naturally fuses with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. After the implant is secure several months later, a metal abutment connector is placed on top, allowing us to secure your custom dental crown, bridge, or denture into your smile.
For most patients, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They stay firmly anchored in the jaw, preventing the slipping that notoriously occurs with traditional dentures. They replenish more chewing power than dentures and bridges, letting you eat all of your favorite foods with ease. Best of all, their foundation in the jaw allows them to last for decades, possibly even a lifetime. This makes them the most cost-effective tooth loss solution in the long run!
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
As a Fellow of the American Dental Implant Association, Dr. Kostas can perform every step of the dental implant process right here in our Burlington office, making your treatment more convenient and consistent. That said, getting dental implants requires several appointments that can span many months to a year or more, but their potential to last a lifetime makes them well worth the wait. Here are the four basic steps of the dental implant process:
Initial Dental Implant Consultation
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kostas will carefully examine the condition of your oral health, the number of teeth that you’re missing, and the density of your jawbone. If he detects any preexisting dental issues, these will need to be treated before you can begin your dental implant surgery. Additionally, you may need bone grafting or other advanced procedures to ensure the success of your dental implants. Next, we will schedule your implant surgery.
Dental Implant Surgery
We have sedation options to keep you relaxed and calm throughout the procedure. After we have made sure that you’re numb and comfortable, Dr. Kostas will make small incisions in your gums to access your bone. He will create tiny holes in your jaw for the placement of your dental implants. Once they’re in place, you will begin a healing process, called osseointegration, that lasts at least three to four months. The time it takes to recover will vary based on the number of implants that you receive.
Dental Implant Osseointegration/Abutment
While the recovery process for dental implants is longer than other treatments, it’s what allows you to enjoy a sturdy and strong smile. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that fuses to your jawbone. This osseointegration process helps you enjoy an incredibly lifelike smile because the implants become a permanent part of your body. After your implants have completely healed, we will attach the abutments—connectors for your restorations.
Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations
Once we have taken impressions and images of your smile with your dental implants, we will be able to custom make your restorations. Dr. Kostas will ensure that you’re happy with your restorations before permanently mounting them on top of your implants. All that’s left to do is to walk out of our office with a beautiful, strong, and functional set of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike traditional dentures and bridges, dental implants don’t require any preparation or removal of your natural teeth in order to restore the complete function and appearance of your grin. Because of their unique placement in the jaw, dental implants offer benefits that other solutions cannot.
Made from Natural-Looking Materials
Restorations held in place by dental implants are made of completely natural-looking materials such as gum-colored acrylic, porcelain, and ceramic. These materials resemble the natural appearance of tooth enamel and can be customized to match the color of surrounding teeth. This makes them virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile, so you can remain confident talking, laughing, and eating.
Maximized Function & Stability
Each implant-supported restoration will be held in place by a titanium post that’s fused to your jawbone. This allows your replacement teeth to function like normal, preventing any unwanted shifting or slipping that makes it difficult to complete everyday tasks that chew foods. Plus, unlike traditional dental crowns and bridges, ones retained by implants won’t impact the health of your surrounding teeth because they don’t need to be secured to them.
Preservation of the Jawbone
When the roots of missing teeth in Burlington no longer stimulate the jawbone, your body will allow it to deteriorate because it’s not needed. Unfortunately, this can result in a change in facial structure such as droopy and saggy skin. Leaving missing teeth unreplaced can also result in the surrounding natural teeth drifting out of place to fill the gaps. Because dental implants are able to naturally fuse with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, they’re able to replace the entire structure of teeth and provide much-needed blood flow and stimulation to the jawbone, preventing it from becoming weak and deteriorated.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
It does not matter how many teeth you have lost; dental implants can replace them all from anywhere in the upper or lower jaw.
Missing One Tooth
Replacing a single missing tooth with an implant and a dental crown helps to prevent the loss of bone tissue and reduces the risk that you will lose even more teeth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
An implant-supported dental bridge can replace several missing teeth, preventing those that remain from shifting around and restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Missing All Teeth
An implant denture provides superior stability for a complete denture. This is especially important in cases of total tooth loss, as a traditional denture may not provide adequate security. It is not necessary to place an individual implant post for each missing tooth -- instead, the complete denture can be retained on fewer strategically placed posts.Learn More About Implant Dentures
Dental implants are nothing new in dentistry; they’ve been used for decades now, and as such there have been plenty of opportunities to develop new techniques to make the procedure as efficient and effective as possible. One such innovation is the All-on-4 technique. Four dental implants inserted into the jaw at very specific angles can be used to support a full set of false teeth. Not only does this keep the number of implants used to a minimum, but it often allows you to receive new teeth right away.Learn More All-on-4
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have risen in popularity over the past decade and are now the premiere tooth replacement option for eligible candidates. Nothing else offers nearly as many lasting benefits -- and, of course, that quality comes at a cost. Keep reading to learn more about all the factors that will determine the price of dental implants, how to make the procedure more affordable, and how visiting our one-stop-shop for implant dentistry can help you save!
Factors Influencing Dental Implant Cost
Dental implants are placed surgically using state-of-the-art technology and only the highest-quality materials. It is typically a two-stage process that requires several visits to our office as well as anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the placement. Additionally, preliminary procedures may be required to create the right environment before the implant posts can be placed.
There is no fixed price for dental implant procedures, and the grand total will depend on a few things. During an implant consultation, Dr. Kostas will consider the following to determine just how much you should expect to budget for your tooth replacement:
- The number of teeth being replaced: Dental implant posts are individually priced, which means that the extent of the tooth loss will have perhaps the greatest impact on the total cost of the procedure.
- Where in the jaw the teeth are located: Teeth in the front of the smile require special aesthetic considerations, which can make these more expensive to replace than molars and premolars.
- Preliminary procedures: A bone graft, sinus lift, or other treatment may be required before the dental implants can be placed. These procedures increase the chances that the placement will be successful, but add to the total cost of the procedure.
How to Make Dental Implants Affordable
No matter the price, dental implants can fit comfortably within most budgets. Talk to our team about how to save. Dental insurance usually does not cover the cost of the dental implants themselves, but you may be able to receive some discounts on certain aspects of the procedure. Patients who do not have dental insurance can also opt for third-party financing through options like CareCredit, which allows you to make smaller payments at the pace that suits your budget best.
Comprehensive Dental Implant Care
Patients who visit Complete Dental Care benefit from the fact that Dr. Kostas and our team offer full-service dental implant care, from initial placement to the final restoration. When you are able to visit just one practice for all of your dental implant needs, you won’t have to worry about driving all over to see multiple specialists for different aspects of the procedure. That can save you a great deal of time, stress, and money -- a great deal all around!
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
Dental implants can give you a lifetime worth of amazing benefits. However, some patients may require additional treatment or more advanced procedures before they can become a candidate for dental implants. Unlike other dental offices who have to refer out for these services, we offer all of the treatments you need to start your journey toward a full, strong, and beautiful smile. Keep reading to learn more about our advanced dental implant procedures!
In order to successfully place dental implants, patients must have enough jawbone to accommodate them. In certain cases, especially patients who have lost teeth years ago, the jawbone may have lost its strength and density. Thankfully, bone can be grafted onto your jaw to add volume by using a treatment called bone grafting. This extra bone can come from other parts of the body, a bone bank, or even synthetic materials. We will place a thin collagen membrane to prevent the graft from shrinking or growing gum tissue. For some cases, this procedure can be completed on the same day of your dental implant procedure, but this will vary from patient to patient.
When there is a significant portion of bone lost, it’s possible to place a block of bone supported by screws. However, this procedure will always require a healing period of a few months before you can get your dental implant surgery in Burlington.
Some patients may require sinus lifts, which add bone to the top arch of your smile and the back parts of your jaw to give it more volume for dental implants. When you lose teeth, it’s fairly common for your sinuses to fall into the vacant areas, which makes it hard to successfully place dental implants. However, Dr. Kostas can use a sinus lift to add volume to your jaw, making dental implants and the benefits that come with them possible. After a sinus lift, we must allow at least three to four months for your mouth to recover before we’ll schedule your dental implant surgery.