Patients with missing or damaged teeth often feel embarrassed about the state of their smiles. Having missing teeth can also make it difficult for patients to eat or speak properly, causing discomfort and frustration. At Stuparich and Nouel Dental Associates in Boston, dental implants arecommonly recommended to replace missing teeth. At their cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Mauro Stuparich and Dr. Alexandra Nouel can replace damaged or missing teeth with the dental implants procedure.
What Are Dental Implants?
When teeth are missing, removed, or severely damaged, dental implants are often recommended. Dental implant surgery is a procedure in which titanium screws, or posts, are inserted into the jawbone, replicating the function of a natural tooth root. During the healing process, the titanium in the posts will actually fuse with the bone, providing a strong support system for the custom-fitted crowns, bridges, or dentures. Dental implant restorations ultimately restore the function and aesthetic appearance of natural teeth. At the practice of Stuparich and Nouel Dental Associates, dental implants give patients a reason to smile again!
The first step in the dental implants treatment process is the consultation and exam with a dentist. A dentist will examine the condition of the patient’s teeth, gums, and jaw structure to ensure that dental implants are suitable for his or her needs. At their state-of-the-art practice, Dr. Stuparich and Dr. Nouel will perform an i-CAT scan to get a detailed reading of the patient’s bone density, as well as the structure of the entire mouth and jaw. The dentist and patient will then discuss the best treatment plan available before proceeding with the surgery.
To ensure maximum comfort, the patient will then be sedated before the surgery begins. Next, an incision is made in the gums to expose the underlying bone. Using a special tool, the dentist will then drill small holes in the jaw where the titanium posts are screwed into place. A temporary restoration can then be placed over the implant during the healing period, so the patient can still maintain a normal appearance. Following the surgery, the bone will heal and grow around the post, fusing the two together. This process, also known as osseointegration, can take anywhere from two to six months.
When the jaw and implant have healed, the patient will be custom fitted for permanent dental crowns, bridges, or dentures. The size, shape, and color of the prosthetic tooth (or teeth) will be customized to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the patient’s smile. Any restorative prosthesis applied to the implanted post will be permanent, meaning the patient will no longer have to worry about taking it out at night! Overall, most patients are extremely pleased with the results of this procedure, although, as with any surgery, there is always the slight risk of infection or other complications. Speaking to the dentist about any concerns will put the patient’s mind at ease and allow them to make an informed decision about whether this procedure is right for their needs.
Dental implants are just one of the many services offered at Stuparich and Nouel Dental Associates. Every patient is different, so scheduling a consultation is important in addressing your individual dental needs. Contact Dr. Mauro Stuparich and Dr. Alexandra Nouel at their Boston practice.