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How Dental Implants Work – Burlington, MA

Behind the Scenes of The Premier Tooth Replacement

Older man smiling in dental chair wearing tieDental implants have quickly become one of the most popular dental services we have to offer because of their lifelong benefits. Unlike most dental offices that refer patients to specialists for this treatment, Dr. Kostas can place and restore your dental implants at the same location where you get your checkups and cleanings. Dental implant treatment has various stages, which is why Dr. Kostas has provided a step by step process of what getting this tooth replacement solution is like. Read on to learn more!

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Man smiling with dental implants in BurlingtonDuring 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

Consultation with dental implant specialist in BurlingtonWe 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 that lasts at least 3 to 4 months called osseointegration. The time it takes to recover will vary based on the number of implants that you receive.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

Man sitting in dental chair with thumbs upWhile 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.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

3D render of crown, abutment, and implantOnce 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.