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Types of Dental Implants

If you have one or more missing teeth, you’re not the only one. Many adults in the United States experience tooth loss for a variety of reasons:

Dental implant illustration

The good news is that, thanks to our experience and skill as implant specialists, you won’t have to settle for a less than perfect smile. We know that our Burlington, Bedford and Billerica restorative dental patients will find that implants are terrific missing teeth replacements. The benefits of dental implants include:

Implant Placement

Graphic representation of a dental implantTo place the dental implant, Dr. Kostas inserts a titanium post into the jawbone, which acts like a natural tooth root. The procedure varies depending on a number of external factors including number and location of missing teeth, oral and overall health, and patients’ response to treatment. Regardless, the procedure is relatively similar. We make a small incision in the soft tissue, insert an implant into the jawbone, and place a protective cover over the surgical site. Once the jawbone heals around the post, over the course of three to six months, it will be time to add either the porcelain crown or attach the dental prosthesis.

Implant Restorations

Patient smiling after an implant restorationAfter the implant post fuses with the jawbone, a process known as osseointegration, the implant mimics the natural root structure of teeth and can be attached to a replacement tooth or teeth to restore the full form and function of patients’ smiles. We may place a temporary prosthetic during the osseointegration process in order to protect the implant site and give patients the ability to consume a more varied diet until the final restoration can be placed. We typically recommend the following restorations once implants are fully fused with patients’ gums and jawbones:

  • Single tooth – One dental crown is attached to a single dental implant
  • Two consecutive teeth – in certain situations two attached dental crowns can be supported by a single dental implant post
  • Three to four consecutive teeth – a number of dental crowns are fused together to form a bridge that is supported by two dental implants (one on each end)
  • Multiple consecutive or nonconsecutive teeth – partial dentures can be attached to a number of dental implants for a more stable replacement solution
  • A full arch of missing teeth – a denture can be attached to between four and six dental implant posts to provide a secure, natural looking and feeling tooth replacement option

In Burlington, Dr. James Kostas can place and restore your dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can also be used to anchor your full or partial dentures. At Complete Dental Care, our Burlington patients can rely on us to make their dental implant experience as comfortable as possible. Let us help you smile again!