Dental Implants

Why Choose Dental Implants?

Dental implant therapy is tooth replacement therapy that mimics nature. It helps preserve facial contours, may minimize or reduce bone loss in areas where implants have been placed, facilitates proper eating and chewing and enhances quality of life. They do not move as do non-implant supported partials and dentures do.

Dental ImplantsWHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant is a biocompatible screw-like titanium fixture that is surgically placed into the jawbone. After healing is complete and the implant is anchored in the bone, an implant post or abutment and permanent tooth can be attached in a variety of designs.

HISTORY

The scientifically-based method of implant therapy was accidentally discovered over 30 years ago in Sweden. A Swedish orthopedic surgeon and researcher, Dr. Per Ingvar Branemark, was performing an experiment on blood flow in bone and this required a titanium cylinder be embedded in bone. It contained a glass window to allow him to observe the blood vessels in a sterile environment.  When he tried to remove it he discovered that it was so solidly embedded in the bone that he investigated this phenomenon further. He observed then that a titanium implant of any type could naturally and predictably bond with bone. This phenomenon was termed "OSSEOINTEGRATION" and implants have since been used for attaching various missing anatomical parts. Since the original implant was placed three decades ago, several hundred thousand patients have enjoyed the benefits of successful "permanent" tooth replacement with dental implants.

PHILOSOPHY OF TREATMENT

Dr. Rosen and his staff are committed to providing the highest quality periodontal and dental implant care for our patients in a safe and comfortable environment. To help achieve this goal, we utilize Biomet 3i implant fixtures and components which are produced by Biomet 3i, the world leader in dental implant manufacturing, education and research.

We strongly believe that it's essential to work as a team with the restorative dentist.  The periodontist is a highly trained surgeon and is responsible for all surgical aspects of implant therapy. The surgeon works closely with the general dentist or prosthodontist and laboratory technician, who have each received advanced, specialized education in the restoration of dental implants. This process of collaboration results in a beautiful and functional rigid tooth replacement that leads to an enhanced quality of life for our patients.

EXAMINATION AND TREATMENT PLAN

During the examination process, it is essential to evaluate the overall condition of the mouth as the presernce of periodontal disease can compromise the success of a dental implant. We gather Information about the health of the gums, quality and quantity of underlying bone, position of teeth, occlusion and cosmetic desires. Routine x-rays will be necessary to help evaluate the teeth and bone. In many cases, more sophisticated imaging such as a CT Scan will be required to precisely determine bone contours in 3 dimensions and evaluate the position of vital anatomical structures.  Once we record all of the information, we work together with the dentist and lab technician to determine the best treatment options available.

Are you missing teeth? Call David B. Rosen, DMD in Lexington, MA at (781) 862-4550 to learn more about dental implants!

We use Simplant and Anatomage software to evaluate the CT scan results and simulate placement of the implants. The following is a screen shot of a case. This allows us to take accurate measurements in 3 dimensions and place an image of an implant on the CT scan to find the proper size and position.

Dental Implants Exam

SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT SEQUENCE

Dental Implant Procedure

REPLACEMENT OF A SINGLE TOOTH

Replacement of a Single Tooth - Dental Implants

REPLACEMENT OF A SEVERAL TEETH

Replacement of Several Teeth - Dental Implants

"REMOVABLE" REPLACEMENT OF A LOWER OR UPPER ARCH

Removable Replacement of a Lower or Upper Arch

OTHER EXAMPLES OF IMPLANT RESTORATIONS

Dental Implants in Lexington, MA

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS DURING IMPLANT TREATMENT

Implant Replacement Dental ImplantsSTEP 1: IMPLANT PLACEMENT

Using regular dental anesthetic, the surgeon lifts the gum tissue away and performs a precise and gentle technique to place the dental implant fixture into the jawbone. The gum is repositioned and sutured. Most patients experience no major discomfort after the procedure.

Osseointegration Period Dental ImplantsSTEP 2: OSSEOINTEGRATION PERIOD

The dental implant fixture will be left undisturbed in the jawbone for a period of four to six months. During this time, the bone attaches to the implant and OSSEOINTEGRATION takes place. Depending on the case type, a temporary removable denture may be worn to preserve cosmetics, as shown at right.

 

Abutment Connection Dental ImplantsSTEP 3: ABUTMENT CONNECTION

Using regular dental anesthetic, the surgeon lifts the gum tissue away and performs a precise and gentle technique to place the dental implant fixture into the jawbone. The gum is repositioned and sutured. Most patients experience no major discomfort after the procedure.

Final Prosthetic Restoration Dental ImplantsSTEP 4: FINAL PROSTHETIC RESTORATION

Your dentist will take an impression of the implant and will work with the lab technician to make the new implant-supported tooth, as per the original treatment plan. The final prosthetic tooth can be screwed to place or cemented. The new tooth is firmly anchored into the bone and gums, and will look and feel just like a natural tooth.

 

Contact Us

(781) 862-4550
1 Wallis Ct Lexington, MA 02421-5416