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Dental Implants — Plymouth, MA

The Best Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants in Plymouth, MA are the best tooth replacement treatment that modern dentistry has to offer. They replace both the roots and the crowns of lost teeth, thus providing outstanding stability, natural function, and remarkable comfort. Dr. Aveni is an experienced implant dentist who can perform this potentially life-changing treatment from start to finish. To learn more about how our team may be able to help you experience the benefits of dental implants, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose Aveni Dental Professionals For Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants in Plymouth next to model teeth for comparison

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root. This small titanium post can be placed directly into the jawbone where the missing tooth’s roots once were. Once there, the biocompatible titanium will fuse with the surrounding tissues to essentially become part of the jaw. After it has fully integrated with the jawbone, Dr. Aveni will place your final restoration on top of it via a small connector piece called an abutment. A single dental implant can support one or two replacement teeth, while several can be used to anchor larger restorations into place, such as a dental bridge, partial, or full denture. No matter how many teeth you are missing, rebuilding them from the roots up with dental implants gives you a smile that looks, feels, and functions just like natural.  

The 4 Step Dental Implant Process

Plymouth implant dentist explaining dental implants to patient via model

The dental implant process takes place across multiple treatment stages over the course of several months. That may seem like a long time, but the end results are well worth it! Here at Aveni Dental Professionals, our experienced team is able to handle this complex process from beginning to end; you will not have to worry about facing the uncertainties of dealing with an unfamiliar dental practice.

Exactly how dental implants work in Plymouth varies from case to case. However, there are four main steps that patients must go through: consultation, implant placement surgery, osseointegration, and restoration.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

Dentist and patient discussing details of dental implant treatment

During your consultation, your implant dentist in Plymouth will thoroughly examine your mouth and learn about your medical history. We may use our advanced imaging equipment to get a glimpse of your oral structures beneath the gumline. Then, we will be able to tell you whether you qualify for dental implants right away or you need some preliminary treatments, such as a bone graft or gum disease therapy. We will thoroughly explain what you can expect during your upcoming journey. Feel free to ask any questions you might have — we want our patients to feel completely confident about their treatment choices!

Dental Implant Surgery

Happy patient relaxing before dental implant placement surgery

Many dental offices in our area must refer patients to an outside specialist for the implant placement surgery. However, because our dentists have advanced implant training, our team is able to perform the surgery right here in our dental office. You can, therefore, save time on travel and receive your replacement tooth roots from a doctor you already know and trust.

During the surgery, we place a prosthetic tooth root, usually made out of a titanium alloy, into the bone. We do this by first making an incision in the gums, then carefully inserting the implant at a precise, pre-planned position. Once the incision is closed, you can go home to begin your recovery.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment Placement

Diagram of a single tooth dental implant in Plymouth being placed

Soon after your implant placement surgery, a remarkable process known as osseointegration will begin. The dental implant will actually fuse with the jawbone, enabling it to provide the strongest base possible for the crown that will eventually go on top of it.

Osseointegration typically takes a few months. Afterward, you may undergo a second minor surgery to expose your dental implants. They will have healing caps placed on them, and later they will get abutments (small connector pieces) attached to them. (Some patients receive abutments at the same time as their initial implant surgery.)

Delivery of Dental Implant Restorations

Senior man enjoying his new dental implant restorations

The restoration phase of treatment is when we design and place your permanent new teeth. In order to do so, we take detailed images and impressions of your mouth. Your dentist will send that data, along with detailed notes about how to construct the restorations, to a laboratory, which will then fabricate your crown, bridge, or denture. Once they are ready, we verify their fit and make sure you are satisfied with their aesthetics before we attach them to your dental implants in Plymouth. Then, you can go off and begin to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of your renewed smile!

Benefits of Dental Implants

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If you have lost one or more teeth, there are several treatment options that might be able to fill in those gaps in your mouth. Each of those choices offers distinct advantages and disadvantages. However, when you weigh the long-term benefits of various tooth replacement treatments, there is one that stands out from the pack: dental implants. Read on as we discuss some of the reasons why dental implants are considered to be the gold standard in tooth replacement. They can improve your everyday quality of life, boost your health, and offer decades of strong smiles.

Day-to-Day Benefits

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Some ways in which dental implants in Plymouth may positively affect your everyday life include:

  • Natural form and function. You will be able to eat practically any food without taking special precautions or worrying that your new teeth will become destabilized. Many patients find that their implant-supported teeth are so comfortable that it is easy to forget the implants are there!
  • Beautiful aesthetics. Our team carefully designs dental implant restorations so their appearance is as natural as possible. We pay great attention to their shape, size, and color, making sure that each of these elements works well with a patient’s oral anatomy and their facial characteristics. Once your implants receive their restorations, it is high unlikely that onlookers will be able to tell that you ever suffered any degree of tooth loss.
  • Easy maintenance. Caring for dental implants is quite simple. In fact, you can care for them in almost the same way that you would care for natural teeth. Thorough oral hygiene habits, as well as regular visits to your implant dentist in Plymouth, will play a pivotal role in making sure that your restored smile stays as clean, functional, and healthy as possible.

Health Benefits

Young woman smiles after getting dental implants in Plymouth

The benefits of dental implants in Plymouth also extend to your health. Some of the advantages you might experience include:

  • Jaw preservation. After you lose a tooth, a natural process known as resorption begins; the body recycles the bone that once supported the tooth. Over time, so much of the jaw’s mass can be lost that it begins to change shape. A sunken facial appearance may result. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone and help to keep it as strong and whole as possible, thus helping your face to retain its natural, youthful shape.
  • Protection for your natural teeth. When you lose a tooth, the ones around it may begin to drift out of their proper positions. Dental implants serve as placeholders; they help to ensure that all of your teeth stay where they belong. Additionally, the dental implant process usually does not require that any of a patient’s remaining natural teeth be altered or extracted.
  • Systemic health improvements. Dental implants enable you to eat a balanced diet that can benefit you from head to toe. They might even lower the risk of some disease that are correlated with tooth loss.

Long-Term Benefits

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Some of the long-term benefits of dental implants include:

  • Monetary value. Traditional tooth replacement options, such as dentures and bridges, might last for 5 – 10 years or so before replacement becomes necessary. Dental implants, on the other hand, have the potential to last for many decades if they receive proper care. Their longevity makes them an excellent monetary value.
  • Save time. Because maintaining dental implants is fairly simple, you may save a lot of time that you would otherwise have spent maintaining and replacing dentures.
  • Lower risk of common oral health problems. Some oral health problems, such as sensitivity and gum disease, are more common among seniors. Dental implants do not suffer from sensitivity, and they can lower your risk of gum disease by encouraging you to take excellent care of your mouth.

Who Dental Implants Can Help

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Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants may be a suitable treatment for you.

Missing 1 Tooth

To replace just one tooth, Dr. Aveni will insert a single dental implant in your jawbone. Then, he will restore it with a custom-made crown.

Missing Multiple Teeth

An implant bridge is often the best solution for replacing multiple missing teeth in a row. This type of restoration is supported by two dental implants and their accompanying crowns, which are placed on opposite ends of the empty space. The crowns support an artificial tooth (or teeth) between them.

Missing All Teeth

It is possible to replace an entire arch of missing teeth with a number of strategically placed dental implants (usually 6 – 8 implants). An implant denture may be removable and simply “snap” onto and off of the implants, or it may be permanently attached to the implants.

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Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

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The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. Preliminary work, the implant placement surgery, and the restoration phase of treatment each come with its own price. When you visit us for your consultation, Dr. Aveni will design a custom plan for replacing your lost teeth, and we will provide you with a personalized estimate of the plan’s costs. Remember that although dental implants may seem expensive, they are a worthwhile investment that could provide you with outstanding oral health benefits and many years of reliable function.

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