Dental Implants: A Better Way to Replace Teeth

Why are dental implants important?

Single Tooth Loss

Consequences of Bone Loss

Missing a tooth isn’t just bad for your looks; it can be bad for your health as well! Healthy teeth play an important role in the body from head to toe. When you are missing one, your jawbone deteriorates, your self-esteem suffers and so does your diet, which negatively affects the health of your entire body. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth and are widely recognized as the best replacement method.

The Miracle of Osseointegration (How Dental Implants Work)

Our bodies are truly amazing – their ability to coexist with a variety of native and foreign materials means that our treatment options, as oral surgeons, are constantly expanding. “Osseointegration” refers to the fusing of bone with an artificial material. Its origins date back to the 1940s and 50s, when Swedish physician Per-Ingvar Branemark discovered that titanium fuses so well with bone that it is nearly impossible to remove! Since then, the biocompatibility of titanium has proven itself to be amazingly reliable over and over again.

A smiling elderly man

“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are made of titanium. A completed implant includes three pieces: the implant itself (a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone), the abutment (a connector between the implant and crown) and the crown (the part that is visible and looks like a tooth). Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Hanratty, Dr. Wise, Dr. Sterio, Dr. Sabra, Dr. Lock, Dr. Reiser and Dr. Amin will place the implant and the abutment, and the crown will be completed by your general dentist.

Time is of the Essence

You may be surprised to hear that your jawbone is a lot like a muscle, in that it must be stimulated regularly in order to maintain its volume. Therefore, when a tooth is extracted (or falls out naturally), the jawbone begins to deteriorate almost immediately. In fact, studies show that within a year of tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone width. Thankfully, dental implants can take the place of natural teeth to provide the stimulus needed by the jaw. If done early, this greatly reduces the need for bone grafting down the road.

Are you considering a bridge or a dental implant?

How much do dental implants cost?

While the upfront cost is often more than that of alternatives such as bridges and dentures, dental implants outlast those approaches by several decades. This increased longevity makes implants the more affordable choice in the long run. For further information, visit our dental implants cost page.

Dental Implants: The Process

  1. Consultation and Treatment Plan: During the initial phase of the dental implant process, imaging is gathered along with your medical and dental histories to give us a clear picture of your current health. We will then explore your treatment options with you to formulate a plan that ensures that both your health goals and budgetary needs are met.
  2. Extraction: The next step is to have the tooth in question extracted. In some cases, we may be able to place the implant at the same time of extraction. In others, bone grafting will be required prior to implant placement (see next step).
  3. Bone Grafting: It is fairly common for the jawbone to lack the mass needed to accept an implant. In this case, a bone graft will be performed first to strengthen the target area. Bone grafting is typically followed by several months of healing before the implant can be placed.
  4. Dental Implant Surgery: During the implant procedure itself, a titanium screw is inserted into your jawbone. You will be anesthetized for comfort during the surgery, which takes about 1-2 hours.
  5. Osseointegration: After placing the implant, we cover it with the surrounding soft tissue and let it sit for 3 months in order to fuse with the bone.
  6. Final Restoration: After osseointegration is complete, an abutment is placed on the implant to connect with the final crown restoration. Typically, the final restoration is done by a general dentist.

For more information, please visit our dental implant FAQs page.

At The Perico Group, we are proud to offer a safe, comfortable and affordable dental implant experience to our patients with the help of cutting-edge technology and utilization of the latest techniques. Call us at Swampscott Office Phone Number 781-596-2220 to get started on your journey – we are here with the support, guidance, and expertise you deserve.

The Perico Group

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I can't recommend the Perico practice highly enough. I've been to both the Boston and Reading offices and the staff is exceptional at both. I have seen Dr. Sabra four times for dental implant work and he is amazing, truly. In addition to being highly knowledgeable, professional, and courteous, he sometimes breaks out into a whistle while he's working on your teeth, which is very calming. He loves what he does and it shows! It's never fun to get dental work, but Dr. Sabra and team are at your service, making it as tolerable as they possibly can. After one particularly complicated procedure, the office gave me a Dunkin's gift card to treat myself to a cold beverage to ease my gums. Who even does that?? Perico does.

- Jackie F

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The entire team is fantastic. I would recommend Dr Sterio and the entire staff at Perico. Should I need additional treatment in the future, I would not hesitate to return.

- Nina E

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I've been a patient at Perico since the early 1990s. I always receive the best of care at, especially from Dr. Wise and from Dr. Hanratty and all the rest of the team.

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I can't believe I am saying this about a dentist visit but it was such a pleasure. I visited the office hoping to get implants but was feeling like they would be too expensive or that the dentist (Dr. Sterio) would give me a quote for all the work I needed. Well that didn't happen! I explained exactly what I could afford and wanted done and he couldn't have been more understanding . PERFECT! Now I am excited to have the procedure done and look forward to getting more work done in the future. Having someone like "Nancy" to talk to made all the difference as well.

- Lynn F

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Very friendly and professional service. I will recommend this office.

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