Dental implants are a very reliable source for effective tooth replacement. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, implants can provide a permanent solution that looks and functions normally.
in Boston, MA
Dental implants are among the most effective tooth replacement options available. A dental implant is an artificial root on which a prosthetic tooth can be affixed. The implants can be used to support a single tooth, several teeth, or even larger prostheses, such as dentures. Over the following months after implant placement, the bone tissue surrounding the implant grows, firmly anchoring the implant in place. Implants are a superior alternative to other tooth replacement options as they do not require altering adjacent teeth. They are also an excellent way to stabilize a denture.
We offer dental implants at our offices in Hyde Park and West Roxbury. Call our office to set up a consultation today.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants involve multiple steps to complete the entire procedure. Each patient’s process will vary, depending on your oral health at the time, including if tooth extraction or bone grafting is required.
- Consultation and dental exam. To decide if dental implants are an option for you, we will complete a comprehensive dental exam, including digital x-rays to measure bone health. Following the exam, we will discuss treatment options.
- Tooth extraction. Depending on your situation, we may need to remove the tooth/teeth being replaced by implant(s). If the tooth is already missing, extraction is not necessary. If there is bone loss around the future implant site, we will perform a dental bone graft.
- Implant placement. The implant will be surgically placed in the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant so the healing phase can begin. If you have an aesthetic concern, we can place a temporary tooth before the implant crown is completed.
- Implant healing. After your implant is placed, osseointegration begins. During this process, your jawbone heals around the dental implant, fusing with the implant, and providing a solid base for your new artificial tooth. Typically, it will take 4-6 months for the implant to integrate with the bone. It is after this integration period that a crown is placed on the implant.
- Abutment / crown placement. The abutment is a small metal piece used to connect your artificial tooth (crown) to the implant. The abutment is attached to the implant, and then the crown is placed on the abutment.
Dental implants will function, feel, and look like a normal tooth. If you believe a dental implant is the treatment option for you, contact us today.
Ace Dental Boston's
Dental Implant Specialist
Dr. Shawn Kim
Dr. Shawn Kim specializes in providing dental implants to the Boston community. Dr. Kim has more than 10 years of experience and received ICOI fellow status after the training. He has earned the highest ratings in quality and patient satisfaction.
Dental Implant Cost
At Ace Dental Boston, we strive to offer dental implants at an affordable cost for our patients in Boston, MA. Please note that the prices can slightly vary, depending on the needs of each patient as every case is different.
Dental Implant: $4,000*
*If no bone grafting is involved.
We know that cost can cause hesitation for those needing dental implants, so that is why we are proud to offer a variety of financial options. A few of these options include our Ace Dental Boston Savers Membership Plan, an in-house dental savings plan, and external dental payment plans such as CareCredit, Proceed Finance, and LendingPoint. Click the buttons below to read more about each option.
Before & After Dental Implants
At Ace Dental Boston
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to keep pain at a minimum. This will numb the surrounding nerves so you will not experience any pain. Pressure may be felt during the procedure, but no pain should be felt. It is important to communicate with Dr. Kim if you are feeling any pain.
After the procedure and once the numbness is gone, you may experience some discomfort and soreness for a day or two. Typical discomforts you may experience near the implant include: swelling, pain, and minor bleeding. Follow the recommendations on the cards below to alleviate these discomforts.
Relieving pain at home is going to vary on the severity of pain and issue being dealt with. At home remedies for pain include:
- Pain relievers
- Massaging the affected area, if not painful to apply pressure
- Applying ice or heat packs
- Avoiding hard and chewy foods
Applying ice to the swollen area will not only help with pain, but also swelling. Place an ice pack on the affected area for 10 minutes and then remove for 20 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Small amounts of blood in your saliva for a day or two after your procedure is common. If you are experiencing bleeding, gently bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes. If the bleeding persists for more than a couple of days following the procedure, please contact our office.