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Dental Implants – Burlington, MA

Rebuild Your Beautiful Smile with a Comprehensive Solution

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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 

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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

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Dr. Kostas will never make any sort of recommendation without considering your unique circumstances first, but if you’re eligible for dental implants, chances are he’ll bring them up as one of your best options. With the unique placement of dental implants inside the jawbone, it’s little wonder why 500,000 new people get implants each year. Check out the benefits that implants can bring you on a day-to-day basis as well as in the long term.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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  • No More Diet Limitations: Are you tired of an incomplete smile or unstable dentures dictating what you can and can’t eat? With dental implants, your new teeth will have strength nearly equal to your natural teeth. That means you can continue eating tough foods like steak that would give you trouble with traditional dentures.
  • Confidence: Having an incomplete smile can make you feel self-conscious, but that won’t be a problem once you fill in the gap with a sturdy, stable dental implant. The restoration will look just like your real teeth, so don’t hesitate to show the world your new smile!
  • Easy Maintenance: With dentures, you have to learn all-new hygiene habits and will have to take your teeth out of your mouth to clean them. With dental implants, nothing changes; you can just brush and floss as you always have.
  • No Slipping: Once you upgrade from traditional dentures to implant dentures, the inconvenience of false teeth that slip will be a thing of the past.

Health Benefits

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  • A Stronger Jawbone: The stimulation of dental implants encourages the growth of new bone in your jaw, which is necessary to keep it healthy over time. Traditional dentures and bridges do not provide such stimulation. As such, implants are your best option for avoiding bone loss.
  • No Sensitive Teeth or Sore Gums: Other forms of tooth replacement might involve making changes to existing teeth, causing them to become more sensitive as a result. Meanwhile, traditional dentures can result in gum sores and similar issues. Dental implants avoid both issues; they leave existing teeth alone, and the restorations are supported by implant posts instead of the gums.
  • Improved Health: Due to the benefits of having new teeth that interface directly with your jawbone and can be brushed normally, dental implants make it easier to maintain excellent oral health and avoid long-term issues.

Long-Term Benefits

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  • Longevity: Dental implants rarely need to be replaced. The average lifespan for an implant post is around 30 years, and some last far longer than that. You could even keep the same implants for the rest of your life.
  • High Success Rate: Your dental implants are still likely to be in excellent shape even after 10 years provided you take good care of them.
  • Cost-Effective: Because you’re not paying for replacements every few years and are more likely to avoid severe oral health issues, you could end up saving a significant amount of money as a result of choosing dental implants.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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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

All-on-4

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.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Bone Grafting

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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.

Sinus Lifts 

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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.

Dental Implant FAQs

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From the process and benefits to the cost, reading through the above information is a great place to start if you are considering dental implants in Burlington. If you are ready to schedule your initial consultation, then don’t hesitate to get in touch so our knowledgeable staff can help you do so. On the other hand, if you would like to do a bit more research before then, that’s okay too! Keep reading for the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear from patients.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last? 

One of the valuable benefits of dental implants is their longevity. Unlike other tooth-replacement options, this state-of-the-art smile-rebuilding solution is built to last, yielding a 30+ year lifespan with proper care! With this in mind, it is important to implement a solid at-home oral hygiene routine and visit our office every six months for a thorough checkup and cleaning. Avoiding poor dental habits, like smoking and using your teeth as tools, is also crucial to keeping your smile in pristine condition.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

If you are hesitant to commit to dental implants due to a fear of the procedure being painful, you can rest easy knowing the first step is to numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. As a result, you won’t feel any discomfort during the surgery. With that being said, it is normal to experience some soreness for a few days afterward. Fortunately, you can use a cold compress and take prescribed or OTC pain medication as directed to help.

What Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail?

With more than a 95% success rate, dental implants are considered to be incredibly successful. However, it is possible for a complication to arise. Typically, implant failure is a result of peri-implantitis (a form of gum disease) or failed osseointegration (an unsuccessful fusion of the implant post to the bone). Other common culprits include chronic teeth grinding, diabetes, and certain medications. If you experience any abnormal symptoms, like oral pain, inflamed gums, or your implant feels loose, get in touch with your dentist right away.

Will People Be Able to Tell That I Have Dental Implants?

Thankfully, no! Unlike tooth-replacement solutions from years past, dental implants are not obtrusive or obvious in any way. This is largely due to the fact that the size, shape, and shade are custom-tailored to each patient’s unique dental needs and smile goals. Additionally, since dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, they provide maximum stability, ensuring there is no embarrassing slippage while talking, eating, or laughing. Simply put, with dental implants, you’ll have a new and improved smile that looks and feels fantastic.

Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Dental Implants?

Due to their unmatched durability, dental implants don’t require you to abide by a long list of dietary restrictions. It is, however, important to remember that (like your natural teeth) your dental implants aren’t indestructible. So, it is a good idea to exercise caution when it comes to hard, sticky, and chewy foods. To keep your oral health in pristine condition, you should also consume alcoholic, sugary, and acidic foods in moderation and avoid unhealthy dental habits altogether, like chewing on ice.