Posts for: June, 2019
If you are considering getting dental implants from our Boston, MA, dentists Dr. Edwin Riley, III, Dr. Edwin Riley, IV and Dr. Rita Han, chances are good that you might have questions about this tooth replacement option. We’re here to answer all of your questions about this popular restoration.
How does a dental implant work?
While an implant is made up of three different parts the implant itself is a small metal post (typically made from titanium) that takes the place of your missing tooth roots. In order to replace your tooth roots, our Boston, MA, implant dentist will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. While the metal post is not the part of the implant that’s visible, it is designed to hold a false tooth firmly in place.
How long does implant placement surgery take?
The surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on how many implants you need and where they are being placed. Surgery is relatively minor and is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia.
How long does the entire implant process take?
The length of treatment will depend on several factors including whether you need bone grafting prior to implants, how many implants are being placed and where the implants are placed. The implant can also take anywhere from 3-6 months to fuse together with the jawbone.
Can dental implants replace multiple teeth?
Yes! While a single dental implant is designed to replace a missing tooth, we can also place multiple implants along the jawbone in order to support partial or full dentures.
Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?
They absolutely can be. Since an implant is made from durable metal that can withstand the powerful chewing forces of your jaws, in some ways it can actually be stronger than a real tooth. You will find that chewing is fully restored and that with the proper care the implant that our Boston, MA, implant dentists place could just end up lasting you the rest of your life.
If dental implants sound like the tooth replacement option you’ve been looking for in Boston, MA, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Riley Dental Associates. Let us give you your confident smile back.