Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is placed in the bone and once fully integrated replaces what was once the root of the tooth. A crown is attached to the implant to simulate an individual tooth. Implants or cosmetic surgery can replace an individual tooth or multiple teeth.
If you’re in pain, unable to eat the foods you like or you feel embarrassed about the look of your smile because of missing teeth or loose dentures, you need to learn about implant dentistry in Worcester.
Dental implant basics.
Implant dentistry provides permanent replacement teeth that look natural and feel totally secure. Dental implants are also used to retain dentures and partials – a highly effective solution for loose, slipping or painful crowns or dentures.
The dental implant is a metal post, which is surgically placed within the jawbone. After the implant is integrated into the bone, one or more artificial teeth, or a denture, crown or partial, is attached to the implant, for a beautiful, strong and secure final result.
Choosing your dental implant dentist.
There are several options and approaches in implant dentistry, all involving extremely complex procedures. Dr. Samborski has been in advanced training for implant dentistry since 1987 and has performed over 3,000 implant procedures over the years. He mentors other dentists who are training in implant dentistry and he is a Fellow of some of the most respected organizations in his field, including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Samborski is a Worcester dental implant dentist with years of cosmetic surgery experience and a strong track record in implant dentistry. By choosing General & Implant Dentistry of Worcester County for your dental implants, you’ll also benefit from comprehensive care and advanced cosmetic dental procedures that can improve your success with this treatment.
Comprehensive dental implant care.
Because implant dentistry involves cosmetic dental surgery (sometimes dental bone graft surgery is also required) to place the implant, most dentists must send their patient to oral surgeons or other providers for this part of their treatment. Dr. Samborski has years of experience in all aspects of Worcester implant dentistry, including the surgical placement of the implant. He performs this stage of treatment in the privacy and comfort of his Worcester office, with precision and careful attention to your comfort and safety.
General & Implant Dentistry is your best choice for your dental implants due to Dr. Samborski's over 33 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. All of your dental needs are handled in house with 100% exclusive care. For example: If you require a root canal you will not be sent to another specialist, unlike other dentists, Dr Samborski has the knowledge and technology to perform your complete procedure from start to finish. All implant work is performed personally by Dr. Samborski from initial placement to your final creation of a beautiful adult smile.
There are many advantages to dental implants. A once loose-fitting denture can now be secured and stabilized with implants. Missing teeth allow surrounding teeth to drift and opposing teeth to move, changing the alignment of the teeth and allowing unnatural forces to shift teeth further.
Success rates can vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed. But, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for an implant procedure. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Other procedures including bone grafting may be necessary if adequate bone is not available.
The first step in the process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by Dr. Samborski.
Next, the implant, a small post made of titanium, is placed into the bone. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process, called osseointegration, can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small custom made connector post – called an abutment – is made and attached to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, we take impressions of your teeth and create a model. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the custom abutment.
With patients missing all their teeth, implants are placed, impressions are taken and a new denture is made to snap on to the implant post, giving you more stability and function. We will match the color of your new teeth to your natural teeth or shade of your choosing. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. General and/or local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less discomfort than a tooth extraction. IV sedation is also an option. After the dental implant, mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.
There is spirited debate in the field of implant dentistry about proper use of mini dental implants.
Proponents are urging wider use of the shorter, less costly procedure while others advocate a more conservative approach until several long-term outcomes studies are published, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Samborski will do a thorough examination prior to suggesting the proper implant recommendation.
To learn more about our preventive and restorative dentistry services or to schedule an appointment, please call our office staff at (508) 757-0591 or use our online appointment request form to schedule an appointment. We offer our services to residents of Holden, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Boylston, Westborough, Worcester, Auburn and Northborough in Worcester County, MA.