Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have missing, damaged, or broken teeth and are looking for the perfect restoration solution, dental implants may be the right choice for you. Dental Implants are a permanent solution and are durable and long lasting. Implants function like natural teeth, and allow patients to speak and eat normally. Implants are comfortable and do not slip or click like other restorative options.

Your bright white natural smile will be noticeable and will look natural. Implants act like an artificial tooth root and are made of titanium. Implants are placed into the jawbone and act like a screw. This provides the base for one or many crowns. Custom crowns are made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth giving patients a natural white smile.

As part of the implant consultation process we will check to make sure all patients have enough bone present in the jaw to support the new implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to add the support that is needed. This helps to create that strong base that is required for the implants.

Once the implants are placed, an abutment or connector is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. Temporary crowns may be used until the permanent crowns are ready to be installed.

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Provide patients with a natural looking smile and functions like natural teeth.
  • Provide long term value financially.
  • Implants are permanent and do not slip or click like other solutions.
  • Implants preserve the natural bone in the mouth, and this helps to stimulate new bone growth.
  • Dental implants are built to last upwards of 25 years, but can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are right for you, we encourage you to set up your initial implant consultation in our office. This will give our team the opportunity to take a detailed look at your teeth and mouth, and discuss treatment options. We also will develop a customized treatment plan, and answer any questions or concerns you may have with the dental implant process.

Dental implants can be life changing, and can allow patients to live a normal healthy life eating and drinking as they would with natural teeth. Taking that first step is worth it to achieve that beautiful smile you have always wanted.

To schedule your implant consultation please call our office and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

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Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but they are used for narrow or smaller spaces. This type of implant is perfect for patients that naturally have smaller teeth. Mini dental implants can be used for single tooth restorations or full arch restorations. The procedure for mini dental implants is typically less invasive compared to traditional implants, and is usually a less expensive option.

Traditional dental implants are made of two pieces. The first piece is a screw that acts like the tooth’s root, and the second is an abutment piece or connector that holds the crown in place. Mini dental implants only have one piece that is screwed down into the jawbone. The implant has a ball on top, and this is what allows the crown to affix securely to the implant.

If you have been recommended for mini dental implants there are many benefits to consider.

What Are the Benefits of Mini Dental Implants?

  • Mini dental implants are more affordable compared to other implant solutions.
  • Healing time tends to be reduced because the procedure for mini dental implants is not as involved.
  • The procedure is less invasive compared to other options.
  • Bone grafting may not be needed with mini dental implants even if the patient’s jaw has low bone density.
  • Provide a quality solution for single tooth restorations as well as smaller spaces.
  • Mini dental implants can last a lifetime with good oral hygiene at home.

Am I A Good Candidate for Mini Dental Implants?

Patients that tend to have bone loss are typically good candidates for mini dental implants. Other criteria we look at include patients that do not smoke, grind their teeth, or have gum disease. If patients smoke or have other medical conditions, this increases the chance of implant failure.

During our detailed consultation process we will discuss what the requirements are, and take a good look at your teeth and mouth. This will allow our team to recommend which restorative solution is best for you.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about mini dental implants and if they are the right choice for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us. This will give us the opportunity to take a detailed look at your mouth and teeth, and determine what solution is right for you. Taking that next step to a beautiful smile is easy, and our team is here to help.

To schedule your implant consultation please contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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If you have been recommended for dental implants you may be overwhelmed with all of the implant choices available. Our team can help you choose which implant works best for you and discuss what your options are.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are similar to an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone. The implants serve as a base for one or many artificial teeth or crowns. Implants can be used to help patients with missing teeth and can be personalized to fit each patient’s needs.

What Are The Types of Dental Implants?

Endosteal Implants

Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant used today. This type of implant acts like an artificial tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone. These implants create a base for one or many artificial teeth or crowns that are affixed on top. During the implant process healing time is needed for the implant to fuse to the jawbone. This type of implant is durable, long lasting, and a popular choice.

Subperiosteal Implants

Subperiosteal implants are a good alternative to endosteal implants. This type of implant sits on top of the jawbone, but is still under the gum line. Using a metal frame the post is attached and the gum then heals around the frame. This allows the implant to be held securely in place. Artificial teeth or crowns are then placed on top of the poles that are in the gum area. In many cases this type of implant is used if patients do not have enough jawbone to support endosteal implants. Bone grafting can be done to provide the additional bone needed, but some patients choose to not go through that process.

What Are My Alternatives?

If a patient’s jawbone cannot support dental implants there are techniques available to help rebuild the jawbone and create a stable foundation for implants.

• Bone Augmentation – This procedure helps to restore or regenerate bone in the jaw when a patient does not have enough to support an implant. This process is very successful, and many patients choose this process in order to get those implants they have always wanted.

• Sinus Lift – A sinus lift can add bone below the sinus cavity to help that area if bone has deteriorated.

• Ridge Expansion – Bone grafting material can be added along the top of the jaw or small ridge to help make your jaw wide enough to support dental implants.

What Are Other Dental Implant Options?

• Mini Dental Implants – Mini dental implants are similar to traditional dental implants, but they are used for smaller spaces. Patients that have naturally smaller teeth may find that mini dental implants fit them best. This procedure is less invasive and tends to be less expensive compared to other options. Mini dental implants are made of one solid piece that is screwed into the jawbone. Each implant has a ball on top and this allows the crown to be secured.

• Immediate Load Dental Implants or Teeth In a Day – This type of implant process allows the placement of the crown or temporary tooth at the same time as the dental implant. Patients that have sufficient bone structure in the jaw are good candidates for this option.

• All-On-4 Implants – All-on-4 implants provide patients with implants in just one appointment. With this option implants are not required for each tooth. Four implants are placed, and this makes the process easier and less invasive. Bone grafting is not needed with this option, and temporary teeth can be placed that same day. With this option there is a healing process while the implants fuse to the bone. Once the healing process is complete, permanent teeth can be placed.

Are You Interested in Learning More About Dental Implants?

Our staff is here to help you choose which dental implant option works best for you. With our high-end technology and implant surgical software, the implant process is faster and more efficient. Our team provides the very best care to our patients, and we are here to support you throughout the implant process.

To find out what dental implant option is best for you, contact our office and our friendly staff can schedule your consultation. Let us help you take that first step to a beautiful smile!

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When deciding on a restorative solution it is important to look at all of your options to help you decide on the best option that works for you. A common question patients face is if they should choose a dental bridge or dental implants when they are looking for a tooth replacement solution. Both are restorative solutions for missing teeth, and it is helpful to understand the differences. At Wellesley Oral Surgery, we provide our patients with a thorough consultation to examine their teeth & mouth and will discuss the differences between all of the restorative options available. Our staff works closely with our patients to help choose the best solution.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to one or more neighboring teeth also known as abutment teeth. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. The false teeth are in-between and are called pontics.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

During your first appointment at our dental office in Wellesley, MA  we prepare the neighboring teeth. The preparation for a bridge involves removing part of the enamel to allow room for the crown. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth. Impressions of your teeth are taken to make the bridge in the lab, and temporary bridges are used while you wait for your permanent bridge.

Patients return to the office, and we remove the temporary bridge to prepare for the permanent bridge. The new bridge is installed, and we check to make sure the bridge is comfortable, and the perfect fit. Patients may have to return to our office again to ensure the bridge is working well with your bite. Once we know the bridge fits properly we will cement the bridge in place.

How Long Will Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges last around 10-15 years. Bridges do involve using some of your natural teeth, and this can cause your bridge to fail over time. The teeth around the bridge are still vulnerable to decay and disease which can attribute to the life of the bridge. Patients must practice good oral hygiene habits at home to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Dr. Robert Memory, our dentist in Wellesley, MA recommend brushing twice a day and flossing to ensure you carefully clean around both the false and natural teeth. Visiting our office regularly can help to keep your teeth clean, and your bridge looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Surgery is not required
  • Dental bridges tend to be less costly compared to implants
  • Jawbone density is not an issue with bridges
  • Overall the bridge procedure is less invasive compared to dental implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Implants are a permanent solution for patients that have missing, broken, or damaged teeth. They are durable, and act similar to a screw that is placed into the jawbone. The screw acts like an artificial tooth root, and provides a strong base for one or more artificial teeth. Implants require a healing period to give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process allows the implant to function just like a natural tooth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants require multiple appointments in our dental clinic in Wellesley, MA, and the process takes a few months. The first step involves placing the implant into the patient’s jawbone. Once this is done there is a healing period where we must give the implant time to fuse to the jawbone. This process is known as osseointegration.

Part of our implant evaluation process is to determine if the patient has adequate bone in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required to provide the necessary support. Once the healing process is complete the patient returns to our office, and an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured to the implant. Custom crowns are made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Temporary crowns may be used while patients wait for the permanent crowns to be installed.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are durable and last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Implants are built out of titanium, and provide patients with a permanent solution for missing teeth. Caring for dental implants is like caring for natural teeth, and Dr. Robert Memory recommends practicing good oral hygiene habits at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

  • Dental implants are long lasting, and are a permanent restorative solution
  • Easy to care for
  • Implants function like natural teeth
  • Chewing power is restored with dental implants
  • Speech and overall appearance are improved
  • Patients can eat all the foods they normally would with implants
  • Dental Implants tend to cost more, but are a good investment because they are built to last

Looking for a Dentist to Provide Dental Implants or Dental Bridges Near You?

Choosing the best restorative option is a big decision, and our team is here to help. Our consultation process will answer all of your questions, and we will discuss what option may work best for you. We want our patients to be proud of their smile, and our team works to give patients the highest level of care. At Wellesley Oral Surgeyr & Implant Center, we welcome our patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment using state of the art technology. Creating beautiful smiles is what we do, and we take pride in giving patients a smile they can be proud of.

If you are interested in finding out more about your restorative options such as dental implants or dental bridges, please contact Dr. Robert Memory at our dental office in Wellesley, MA to schedule your consultation.

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In order to improve dental aesthetics, it is first necessary to proceed with the placement of the dental implant through a surgical intervention.

Before proceeding with this treatment, it is of great importance to make a patient’s medical history where all the data of interest will be recorded, as well as the background, current pathologies and medication. Also other concepts such as allergies or toxicological habits.

The next step is to perform a detailed examination both extra orally and intraorally, in order to determine the risks and possible benefits of implant placement.

Sometimes, for the placement of a dental implant, complementary tests are necessary, such as a panoramic radiograph or a CT scan, in order to study the case in detail and know exactly the diagnosis and to establish an adequate prognosis and an individualized treatment plan.

The prosthetic rehabilitation phase with which an aesthetic improvement is obtained, although also functional and phonatory, is performed once the dental implant has been placed and the necessary time has elapsed for an adequate osseointegration between the implant and the bone, that is about 3 or 4 months. After these months, the molds and crown tests on the implant begin.

Crowns on dental implants can be, mainly of two types: cemented or screwed. The crown on the implant that is most frequently used today for its main advantages is the screwed crown. This offers advantages such as allowing a new cover to be placed in the future simply by unscrewing the old crown and re-screwing the new one.

This type of crowns can be made with various materials: ceramic metal, ceramic zirconium or pure ceramic. If you want to perform an implantological rehabilitation in the aesthetic zone, that is, in the anterior area of ​​the oral cavity, aesthetic and white materials are usually used so that the aesthetic is not compromised over the years. The most suitable material is ceramics or crowns on implants using zirconium and ceramics, combining both where the zirconium provides a greater masticatory and ceramic resistance placed in the last layer to offer a perfect, natural and pleasant aesthetic result.

So before a prosthetic rehabilitation in the anterior sector where aesthetics is highly compromised, if a good dental aesthetic can be achieved through the placement of implants and a subsequent rehabilitation with the placement of a crown on the implant.

What Are Dental Implants

For patients who are missing their own natural teeth, it can be difficult to find a solution that is long-lasting and durable. Implants have quickly become the go-to option for patients worldwide. These small titanium rods work to replace missing teeth without compromising surrounding dentition. Your new implants can last for decades without needing to be repaired or replaced.

What to Know About Dental Implants

Your implant will work naturally with your body to replace missing teeth within the mouth. Once the implant is embedded into the jawbone during surgery, it will osseointegrate (fuse) with the surrounding bone. This process can take anywhere from about three to nine months depending on your ability to heal. Once the implant has been given enough time to heal, a new restoration can be made to be placed over the top of it. These restorations can include a single crown, multi fixed bridge or even an overdenture plate.

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What To Know About Dental Implants

What Makes You a Good Candidate?

Most patients are good candidates for implants. The procedure to place them takes just about an hour or so, and the implant itself will be fully healed in just months. However, in order for the dental implants to heal properly, you need to have enough healthy, solid bone structure in the area where it is going to be placed. If you have bone loss, we might recommend that you have a bone grafting done. The bone grafting is a simple procedure that simply adds bone material to the area where it is currently missing. You should be healthy enough to both undergo the surgery itself as well as heal from it afterwards.

What to Expect During Treatment

The procedure involves creating an incision into the gums and then placing the implant’s post deep into the jawbone. The surgery itself takes about an hour, though this may vary depending on the amount of implants you’re going to have placed. You will need to give the new implants a few months to fully heal. Once the implant has healed on its own, we can make another restoration, like a crown or bridge, that will be able to sit over the very top of the implant. Your smile is restored and you can feel confident in your new appearance.

If you would like to find out more about how dental implants work, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient consultation appointment.