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Tooth loss affects more than just your smile; it can affect your health. When an adult tooth is pulled, the jaw loses the health benefits of the tooth’s roots. Our jawbones require a constant supply of nutrient-rich blood to keep their structure and bone density. The tooth root stimulates the blood vessels in the jaw to provide blood flow. Without that blood flow, bone tissue will be absorbed back into the body. This isn’t a rapid process, but it’s certain to happen. Losing bone tissue affects a person’s bite and chewing, which has a big effect on health. A narrowed or thinned jawbone will also affect appearance.

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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants halt the problems caused by missing teeth and serve both a restorative and cosmetic purpose. They’re made of three parts: a bio-friendly metal post, an abutment, and a crown. The titanium metal post is placed directly into the jawbone. The abutment sits on top of the post and provides the crown with an attachment spot. The crown is an artificial tooth that replaces the function of a natural tooth while looking great!

You can get implants right away if you have enough bone mass in your jawbones to support the posts. If you don’t have the needed amount of bone, a procedure called a “sinus lift” can help you gain it.

What to expect with Dental Implants?

At Burlington Center Dental Associates we’re experts in giving people a dazzling smile with dental implants. Getting implants done starts with a thorough dental exam. This includes an exam, X-rays, and in some cases, CT scans. Your complete medical history is necessary because dental implant surgery is just that—surgery.

Your and your dentist at the Burlington Center Dental Associates will develop a timeline and treatment plan which depends on your needs. The full process of getting dental implants takes 3 to 9 months, although this timeframe is highly variable. The titanium posts fuse to the bone, and new bone tissue will surround them, making them as solid and stable as a natural tooth. The fusing process takes the biggest share of the time, with the placement of abutments and crowns following rapidly.

What’s involved in getting dental implants?

The team at Burlington Center Dental Associates can place your dental implants and restore your smile with a few visits to one of their clinics.

During your first visit, your dentist takes X-rays or scans of your smile to assess the best site for your implants and whether your jaw is healthy enough to support them.

You need a significant amount of bone tissue in your jaw for implants to properly work. If you’ve experienced some bone loss, or simply have a smaller jawbone, your dentist might need to do a bone graft before you can get your implants.

Once your jaw is ready for your implants, your dentist makes a small incision in your gums, drills a tiny hole in your jawbone, and places the implant inside. Over the next few months, your implant and your jawbone will fuse together as they heal from the surgery.

After your implant has fused, you come back to get your abutment, a tiny post that connects to your implant, sticks up through your gum, and connects to your restoration.

With your abutment in place, your dentist takes an impression of your smile and sends it off to a lab that makes the restoration. If you’re getting a crown, Burlington Center Dental Associates has the ability to mill it in-office with their CEREC® same-day crown machine.

Your dentist seals your restoration to your abutment, and your tooth replacement is complete. You leave the office with a smile that feels like you were never missing a tooth in the first place.

Get started with your dental implants today. Schedule a consultation with Burlington Center Dental Associates by phone or online.

FAQ

Are dental implants safe?
Because the dental implant process involves embedding a metal screw into your jaw, some people are concerned that tooth implants aren’t safe. Our dentist wants to reassure you that dental implants are perfectly safe. The posts are made of titanium, a special metal that is biocompatible with the body. It resists corrosion and it’s the same type of metal used for joint replacements. Complications can arise if patients are allergic to titanium, but fewer than 1% of people have this allergy.

It depends. If you get your tooth implants placed by a skilled, experienced dentist, the titanium posts may well last a lifetime. However, as strong as the crowns are, they will likely need to be replaced every 10-15 years, depending on the types of food you eat.

Placing a dental implant is considered surgery, and patients are sedated for the procedure so that they do not feel any pain. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients will be sore for usually about 10 days. You might experience some swelling as well. Once your implant procedure is complete and your crown is placed, you should not feel any pain. Your tooth implant should feel just like your natural teeth.

Most dental insurances do not cover dental implants. However, the staff at Burlington Center Dental Associates can help you find out more about financing options.

It is very uncommon for a dental implant to fail — more than 95% are successful — but it is possible. One reason dental implants fail is medical issues the patient might have, such as gum disease or issues with the jawbone. However, when you get your dental implants from an experienced dentist, they are able to identify these types of issues beforehand and take care of them so that the implant procedure succeeds. Dental implants have a lower success rate among some populations such as smokers and those with autoimmune diseases.

Yes, if you itemize your deductions, you can include the cost of dental implants. Cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers and teeth whitening, are not tax deductible, however. But dental implants and orthodontic solutions such as Invisalign are not considered cosmetic.

Dental implants do not require any special care — just brush and floss as you do your other teeth. However, if your dental hygiene practices were previously somewhat lax, it’s important to remember now to brush and floss at least twice a day to prevent gum disease, because it can lead to implant failure.

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