Dental Implants Restoration and Replacement in Lexington, MA.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that restores both the crown and the root of a
missing tooth. These restorations look and feel natural, offering you improved comfort, self-confidence, and dental health. John Pallotta, DMD is pleased to offer dental implants in Lexington in addition to general and cosmetic dentistry services, including toothache treatment, teeth whitening, and extraction of impacted wisdom teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process. While the dental implant process will take many months from start to finish, the result is a natural tooth replacement option that will last for a lifetime.
- You will meet with your dentist to discuss your tooth replacement options. Dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants can all be used to replace one or more missing teeth; the right solution for you will depend upon your dental health, your overall health, and your personal preferences.
- If dental implants are the right solution for you, your dentist will begin the process with a short surgical procedure to place the titanium implant posts inside the bone of your jaw. Following this minor dental surgery, you will typically need to heal for four to six months, which allows the posts to become integrated with the bone of your jaw in a process called osseointegration.
- After osseointegration is complete, your dentist will perform a second short surgery to expose the titanium posts in your gums and attach an abutment to each post. The abutment will hold the final dental restoration, or crown, in place to complete the dental implant process. You may need one to two weeks to heal after this step.
- The final step in the dental implant process is attaching the crown to your implant to restore your full, healthy, and natural smile.
Caring for Dental Implants
With the right dental care, your dental implants will last for the rest of your life. If you’d like to find out more about dental implants and tooth replacement in Lexington, call John Pallotta, DMD at (781) 861-9597.
- After the dental implant process is complete, you should brush and floss your dental implants just like your natural teeth.
- Because periodontal disease can affect the integrity of dental implants, your dentist may also suggest the use of a water flosser to clean more thoroughly around the gum line.
- If you notice any symptoms of gingivitis, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- Continue to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings. Catching any dental issues early on will ensure you are treated right away to protect your dental implants and remaining natural teeth.