Dental Implants: Replace Missing Teeth with Superior Form and Function
Missing teeth can be incredibly uncomfortable. In addition to making the smallest tasks like eating or speaking much more difficult, tooth loss can also lower your self-confidence.
The Benefits of Implant Dentistry
Implant-supported restorations offer many advantages over conventional restorations, including:
Dental implants securely hold restorations in place at all times. You can be confident that your replacement teeth will remain firmly in their proper positions when eating and speaking.
Protection for Your Oral Health
Dental implants are the only type of restoration that prevents jawbone atrophy.
Bite and Tooth Alignment
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, your surrounding teeth will shift out of position, affecting the alignment of your teeth and bite. By filling in the space left by missing teeth, dental implant-supported restorations prevent the teeth from moving out of their proper positions.
Missing teeth leave noticeable gaps in your smile. With the use of dental implants and natural-looking restorations, we can maintain the appearance of your smile.
If you maintain good dental hygiene, implants can last 40 years or longer.
More Information About Dental Implants
Dentistry has improved dramatically in the last few decades, and dental implants represent a milestone in recent dental innovations. These small titanium posts are implanted in the jawbone to serve as prosthetic tooth roots, providing the absolute best support for dentures and bridges, as well as crowns used to replace a single missing tooth. With implants, patients do not have to worry about their dentures slipping out of place when they speak or chew. Dental implants are also incredibly durable. With proper care, dental implants offer a lifetime of support.
To find out more about dental implants and why choosing an implant dentist with the expertise of Dr. Whiteman is important, contact us today.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Your dentist will precisely place the implants to maximize your bone volume and provide a strong base for your dental restoration. Over the next three to six months, your bone and gums will heal around the posts. They will become a permanent part of your jaw, essentially replacing your tooth roots. Once the bone has fully healed and the implants have integrated within your natural jawbone structure, Dr. Whiteman will attach the abutment hardware to the implants, and then secure your new crown, bridge, or denture.
The Implant Procedure
Your first step in having implants placed will include a thorough one-on-one consultation and x-rays to determine your unique health and aesthetic needs. Dr. Whiteman offers traditional dental implants as well as mini dental implants. Traditional implants require two surgeries with several months of healing time in between. Mini implants can often be placed and restored in a single day. Determining which is right for you can depend on how long you have waited to address missing teeth. In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to atrophy, or shrink. If you have adequate bone mass, traditional implants may be the best solution. If you have compromised bone mass, mini implants may be recommended. However, if you have lost significant bone mass, a bone graft procedure may be necessary to prepare you jaw to accommodate implants. Meanwhile, if x-rays reveal that your sinus cavities may be disrupted by placing implants in your upper jaw, a sinus lift procedure involving the augmentation of the upper jaw may be necessary to ensure a safe and effective procedure.
Types of Implants
Dr. Whiteman offers traditional implants as well as mini implants. They can be used to support a single crown, a dental bridge (partial denture), or a full denture. He also offers All-on-4® implants, which are specially configured mini implants that can support an entire arch of missing teeth with only four implants. With our advanced technology, we can also provide the Teeth in a Day service to qualifying patients.
In certain cases, Dr. Whiteman can provide restorations for your implants in a single day using our in-office CEREC® technology, a digitized CAD/CAM tool that can create beautiful custom crowns in a single visit.
Dental Implant Benefits and Candidacy
Dental implants have a number of benefits that make them the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. Advantages of dental implants include:
If you are non-smoker who is missing teeth, you are probably an excellent candidate for dental implants.
Determining Your Dental Implants' Cost
For many of our patients, missing teeth have left a gap in their otherwise beautiful smiles. The most functionally and aesthetically pleasing restorative treatment for tooth loss is dental implants. A dental implant and implant-supported restoration are designed to replace the entire tooth's structure. The implant is integrated into the jawbone, where it mimics a tooth root, and offers support to a restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or denture. Many different components of the procedure can affect your total treatment cost. Dr. Whiteman can help you understand the entire process and discuss your unique dental implants' cost at our Brookline office. To learn more, please contact our office today and make an appointment with Dr. Whiteman.
Investing in Your Smile
The dental implant procedure differs on a case-by-case basis. When you come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Whiteman, he will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health and determine your candidacy for dental implants. He will also make recommendations for any other work that might be needed before you are considered a suitable implant candidate. Prior to implant placement, patients will often require:
- Periodontal Disease Treatment - Healthy tissue is required before an implant can be placed, so patients with periodontal disease will first need to have their gum health restored.
- Bone Grafting - For patients with insufficient jawbone density or mass, a bone augmentation procedure may be recommended to strengthen the treatment area.
- Sinus Lift - This specialized bone grafting procedure is often necessary for implants that will be placed in the back upper portion of the mouth. Moving the floor of the sinus and placing a graft can create thick, dense bone tissue to support an implant in this area.
Patients who require one or more of these procedures can expect a higher dental implant treatment cost than those who only need minimal preparatory work.
Two additional factors that will determine the total cost of your treatment are the types of implants you choose and the materials that your restorations will be made from. Depending on your existing bone structure and the location and number of your missing teeth, Dr. Whiteman will recommend traditional or mini implants. For certain patients, we are able to provide restorations using our in-office CEREC® machine that creates crowns from milled porcelain using computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technologies. Choosing high quality, durable materials like milled porcelain will ensure your restorations last for years to come. Lastly, decisions like the type of anesthesia you choose will affect your treatment cost.
Previously, medical and dental insurance plans did not cover the cost of dental implants unless a patient's tooth loss was related to another condition. However, there are now some providers that offer limited coverage and discount plans for implants as part of their benefits package. Our staff is happy to check with your insurance provider to find out if you are eligible.
Experience Is Key When Finding an Implant Dentist
If you are looking for the most lifelike replacements for missing teeth, dental implants are a great option. These restorations are firmly rooted in your jawbone, providing the most stable anchor for crowns, bridges, and dentures. Because dental implants require oral surgery and great precision, it is important to be selective when finding an implant dentist. Our Brookline dentist, Dr. Whiteman, has extensive experience with dental implant placement, and he uses the latest technology for optimal results. Contact Whiteman Dental Associates today to learn more about dental implants.
Dr. Whiteman’s Experience and Expertise
Implant placement requires great accuracy. Therefore, it is important to find a dentist who has extensive experience with this procedure. Dr. Whiteman has an impressive educational background and vast knowledge of dental implants. After attending college at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, he came to Boston to attend dental school at Boston University (now known as Boston Medical Center). Dr. Whiteman has completed licensing examinations in three countries. He also achieved a perfect score on the exam for the Northeast Board of Regional Examiners. Although he already boasts an impressive resume, he is committed to continuing education and has several classes in advanced implant placement. These courses include:
- Multidimensional Approach to Implant Dentistry
- Prosthetic Aspects of Anterior Implants
- Graft Materials and Implants
- Esthetic Overdentures
- Single Implants in the Esthetic Zone
- From Site Design and Enhancement to State of the Art Restoration
- The Team Approach to the Management of Adjacent Implants and Complex Situations in the Esthetic Zone
- Critical Issues in Implant Restorations: Ideal Custom Abutment Selection and Design
Thanks to this impressive background, Dr. Whiteman offers both implant placement and restoration. He can also perform bone grafting and sinus lifts. These procedures will restore lost bone volume and create a strong base for your implants.
Along with experience, you should select a dentist who offers advanced technology. Dr. Whiteman will use digital x-rays to obtain a detailed and accurate view of your jaw. Digital images are much sharper than traditional film x-rays. With these images, he can determine the right position for your dental implants. He also uses the advanced CEREC® system. Thanks to this technology, he can often provide same-day dental restorations made here in the office for immediately restored dental function.
Understanding Dental Implants Benefits and Risks
You may know that most experts consider dental implants to be the best method of tooth replacement. However, while dental implants offer a number of benefits to patients, implant placement does involve oral surgery. Therefore, you may be hesitant to choose implants due to concerns about the risks of the procedure. Dr. Whiteman is able to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of dental implants by having control over the entire process. Thanks to his outstanding care, you can enjoy beautiful restorations with very few side effects. To learn more about dental implants benefits and risks, contact our Brookline practice to schedule a consultation.
Risks of Dental Implants
Dental implants require oral surgery, and all surgery does involve some risk. These may include:
- Nerve damage
- Damage to the sinus passages
- Implant failure
Although these risks may sound alarming, they are extremely rare. Implant surgery has a remarkable success rate of 95 percent. When you choose an experienced dentist like Dr. Whiteman, these risks are less likely to occur.
Further Minimizing Your Risks
Dr. Whiteman supervises the entire implant process from placement to restoration. Thanks to this comprehensive approach, he can better control your surgical outcomes and the aesthetics of your smile.
To ensure your complete safety, Dr. Whiteman will discuss your health history and look for any health conditions that may affect your ability to undergo surgery. He will also take digital x-rays to look for signs of bone degeneration. With insufficient bone volume, you will be at a higher risk for implant failure. If needed, Dr. Whiteman can perform bone grafting or a sinus lift to create a stronger base for your implants.
Following any preparatory procedures, Dr. Whiteman will place your implants using precise techniques and advanced technology. He will monitor your recovery to reduce discomfort and ensure your safety. When you have fully healed, he will attach your permanent and highly lifelike restoration.
Whiteman Dental Associates
Dr. Daniel M. Whiteman has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is licensed to practice in three countries. He uses the latest tools and technology to provide patients with the most comfortable, stress-free visit. Our office is equipped with:
- BIOLASE Dental Laser
- Intraoral Cameras
- Digital X-rays