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Dental Implants

Why choose a prosthodontist for dental implants? As a prosthodontist, Dr. Cusanello has received specialized training in the creation of replacement teeth that look and function just like your natural teeth. While there are many dental practices that offer implants, prosthodontists have a unique understanding of the artistry involved in creating a beautiful smile for their patients. Our Burlington, MA dental practice offers the following types of implants:

Single Tooth Dental Implants

The term “dental implants” is often used as a catch-all, but the actual dental implant is the small titanium post that is implanted into the jaw. A piece called an abutment is attached to the implant, then a crown is secured to the abutment to complete the restoration. Dental implants are the preferred solution for missing teeth because they are the only option that replaces both the visible portion of the tooth as well as the root, which prevents bone loss in the jaw.

Implant-Supported Bridges

When three or more adjacent teeth are missing, implant-supported bridges are an ideal solution. These bridges are held in place by two dental implants used to replace the outermost missing teeth. The bridges we create are made with a realistic looking materials that blend in with your natural teeth, improving both function and aesthetics.

Implant-Supported Dentures

While traditional dentures are held in place by adhesive paste, implant-supported dentures are secured with two or more dental implants. These dentures can be full or partial, fixed or removable (also known as snap-on dentures). Not only do implant-supported dentures stay in place better than traditional dentures, they also result in a stronger bite and prevent changes to facial structures.

Full Arch With Only Four Implants

When an entire upper or lower arch of teeth is missing, we can replace them all with only four dental implants used as anchors to hold the restorations in place.

Mini Dental Implants (MDIs)

If there has been bone loss in the jaw, traditional dental implants may not be an option. In these cases, we can place mini dental implants, or MDIs. These implants function the same way as traditional dental implants, but the size of the implanted post is smaller, making them easier to support. MDI placement is less invasive than dental implant surgery, usually requiring only local anesthetic and no sutures, and the entire process can often be completed in a single day.

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