Dental Implants: Planning, Placement, and Restoration, All in One Office
Dental implants are considered the absolute best way to replace missing teeth, and Dr. Yelena Gutnichenko oversees every step of this life-changing procedure in her office. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw to replace lost tooth roots and provide support for restorations such as dental crowns and full-arch dentures. To learn more about how you can benefit from a custom dental implants treatment, please contact our Waltham, MA, practice today.
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About Dental Implants
Dental implants replace missing tooth roots. Placing implants typically requires two surgeries. During the first, an oral surgeon will insert the implants into the jaw bone. Over the next four to six months, the jawbone will become permanently fused to the implants. This fusion process results in a foundation that will keep your restorations firmly in place as you chew, speak, and smile.
After you have fully healed, your oral surgeon will attach small abutment pieces to the implants. These serve as the point of connection with the restorations. Your crown, bridge, or denture will be custom-crafted to fit your smile and achieve balance, comfort, and beautiful aesthetics.
Planning and Preparation
In the prolonged absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink. Implants require sufficient jaw bone tissue, which must be assessed before treatment can begin. We work with a trusted local company that performs 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CT) scans. For your convenience, the technicians can come to your home to perform the scans, if you prefer. By examining the the jawbone with these advanced tools, we can determine if your jaw can support implants, and identify the best placement strategy.
If you have experienced significant jaw atrophy, Dr. Gutnichenko can coordinate a bone grafting procedure in which donor tissue is used to augment the jaw. We can also provide a sinus lift if the CT scans reveal that your sinuses lay too close to the treatment site. During this procedure, the upper jaw is augmented with donor tissue to lift the soft tissues of the sinuses, creating room to safely accommodate implants.
Placing and Restoring Implants
Dr. Gutnichenko and Dr. Gomer are members of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. They work together as a team to ensure your comfort, safety, and long-term satisfaction. Immediately before surgery, your dentist will administer local anesthesia. Next, an incision is placed in the gums, and the implants are placed in the jaw bone. While you heal, we can provide temporary restorations so you can retain some dental function. Once healing is complete, we will begin crafting your custom dentures, bridge, or crown. A fully restored smile is the most immediate benefit of implants. Meanwhile, implants are the only restorative treatment that can actually prevent jaw atrophy following tooth loss, making them one of the wisest investments you can make in a compromised smile.
Learn More about Dental Implants
If you are suffering with missing teeth, dental implants can help you smile, eat all the foods you love, and have lively conversations with friends, all without having to worry that your restorations will slip out of place. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.