Dental Implant Placement in Wellesley

Cheerful senior couple enjoying peaceful naturePeriodontal diseases, tooth decay, and injury are some of the most common causes of tooth loss. For many years, the best treatment options for tooth replacement were dentures and bridges. Today, we have a more comprehensive and effective treatment with dental implants. This beneficial restorative treatment not only replaces the tooth from root to crown, but it also helps the surrounding bone and tissue remain healthy, supporting optimal oral health.

At Stephens Oral & Maxillofacial, we offer comprehensive dental implant treatment, from single implants to full mouth reconstruction, and all related surgical procedures. We work closely with your dentist and other specialists to provide treatment that fully restores your smile comfortably and safely. Contact us today and learn more!


What Are Dental Implants?

Realistic dental implant structure with all parts: crown, abutment, screwDental implants involve three main components: the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant post, made from titanium, replaces the root of the tooth and supplies the stability for the crown or other prosthetic. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth, and because they replace the entire tooth from root to crown, they are also effective in preventing bone loss.

Before the development of dental implants, the only solution for achieving a complete smile was wearing dentures, partials, or a bridge. With these conventional prosthetic devices, the underlying jawbone does not get the stimulation it needs to continue supporting your best oral health.

Dental implants posts fuse to the surrounding bone and tissue to provide a stable foundation for a custom restoration. Unlike dentures and bridges, dental implants will not slip or move in your mouth. A secure foundation makes your prosthetic teeth feel more natural than conventional dentures or bridges. Anyone healthy enough to undergo oral surgery or dental extraction can consider dental implants. The most important factor is the availability of healthy bone to support the implant.

Types of Dental Implants

There are three types of dental implants used depending on the condition of the jawbone and surrounding tissue. Endosteal Implants fuse to the jawbone and are the most common among patients seeking tooth replacement. Instead of fixing the implants on the jaw, subperiosteal implants fit on top of the jawbone but under the gum. Subperiosteal implants suit patients whose bone density does not support endosteal implants. Zygomatic Implants posts attach to the cheekbone rather than your jawbone for those with insufficient jawbone density to support endosteal implants.

Dental Implant Treatment

Middle age Asian woman relaxing at homeThere are usually three phases to get an implant: placement, healing, and restoration. Our implant treatment process is designed to address your unique dental issues. We begin with a thorough examination, which includes the use of our digital imaging to reveal the details of your oral structure, including bone density. This helps us determine if you need additional treatments before your implants are placed. Weakened jaw structure can be improved by performing bone grafting, a procedure that creates an even and stable jaw for implant success.

After the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone, it begins to integrate with the surrounding tissue in a process called osseointegration. After the area has healed, your permanent restoration will be attached, and your dental implant complete.

Our expert team works together with your general dentist and the lab to design a custom restoration that blends naturally with your smile. If you replace more than one tooth, you may be fitted with customized bridges or dentures. In the meantime, your implant team will provide you with a temporary crown, bridge, or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.

Dental Implant Aftercare

Aftercare is crucial to the success and longevity of dental implants. Until the local anesthetic wears off, stick to cold drinks. Try not to disturb the surgery site and avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours. For the first few days after surgery, the affected region may be tender but over the counter pain, medicine is usually all that is needed. You can brush your other teeth but avoid scraping the surgical area. While you chew your food, try to keep the activity away from the surgery site and rinse your mouth after every meal. Warm salt water can be used as a soothing mouthwash.

Once your permanent restoration is fitted, you can resume your regular dental hygiene routine. Dental implants require the same care are your natural teeth, include brushing, flossing, and bi-annual visits for cleanings and exams.

Implant-Supported Restorations

Modern technology has revolutionized dental implant placement as well as the crafting of artificial teeth. The crowns, bridges, and dentures supported by dental implants are realistic reproductions of your own teeth, customized for color and shape to enhance your smile. Not only do these replacement teeth match the shade and contours of your own, but they also reproduce the natural shine of opaque enamel.

  • Implant-supported crowns can replace a single unit at any point in the smile without altering neighboring teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges can replace several teeth in a row when adjacent teeth are not healthy enough to support the bridge. The simulated root of the implant provides a more natural look and feel while preserving jawbone health.
  • Implant-supported dentures can completely replace an entire arch using four to six implants. These dentures do not need to be removed every day and offer a more secure and comfortable option than traditional dentures.

Implants also protect the aesthetics of your facial structure by providing essential stimulation to the bone. This prevents reabsorption and helps you retain youthful facial features.

Restore Your Oral Health with Dental Implants

Middle-aged guy with trendy eyeglassesWhether you need single tooth replacement or comprehensive smile restoration with full-arch implants, our team is here to help. Our implant surgery options cover the scope of treatment planning, preparation, and placement of implants. We work closely with your general dentist, prosthodontist, or referring doctor to ensure your entire care plan is easy and comfortable. Our team can also provide implant treatment for emergencies and facial trauma reconstruction. 

Visit us at the corner of Washington and Prescot in Wellesley Hills and see how we can improve your oral health with dental implants. Schedule your appointment today!