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Helping you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible is every dentist's goal. With preventive dentistry, good oral hygiene habits, Dental-Implantsand a healthy lifestyle, more and more people are keeping their teeth well into old age. But tooth loss is still a big problem for millions of American adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of American adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, and over 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. While the risk for gum disease related tooth loss increases with age, young people are not immune. Whether you have lost teeth due to an accident, sports injury, or oral health problems, you have options and don't have to live with a damaged, incomplete smile. Dr. John Burns, a dentist in Hingham, MA, recommends dental implants for healthy adults looking for a long term solution.


Invest in a Beautiful, Healthy Smile with Dental Implants in Hingham, MA

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to good oral health and a beautiful smile. What's happening behind the scenes in your gums doesn't get as much attention as what you see when your smile, but it's equally important. When you lose a tooth, the bone tissue in your gums starts to erode. Over time, this can increase your risk of periodontal (gum) disease, infections, and affect the general stability of your teeth.

An implant replaces the root of the missing tooth in the socket, so in addition to acting as a stable and secure anchor for a cosmetic crown, it also helps to prevent bone loss. Some of the benefits of dental implants include:

  • Look and feel just like a natural tooth
  • Can be used to replace a single tooth, or to support an entire set of dentures if you suffer from full tooth loss
  • Don't require adhesives or constant adjustments - once they're in, you won't even remember that it's not your "real" tooth
  • Offer a long term solution when properly cared for

If you are in good health, can commit to a dedicated oral hygiene routine and follow up dental care, and have enough bone density to support an implant, you may be a good candidate for dental implants!


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For more information about dental implants and how they can help you get your smile and oral health back, contact our office today by calling (781) 749-6750 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns.


Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.

Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.

But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.

It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.

The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.

The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.

We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.

Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.

If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”

By John M. Burns, D.D.S.
November 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantTooth loss is a widespread problem that affects close to half of all American adults according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 40% of adults are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. These problems increase the risk of a number of oral and general health problems while also creating a wealth of cosmetic issues. To combat this, Dr. John Burns, your dentist in Hingham, MA, offers dental implants, a restoration option that most closely resembles the structure of a natural tooth. If you are an adult experiencing full or partial tooth loss, read on to discover the benefits of dental implants.

More About Dental Implants

Dental implants replace both the root and the crown of the missing tooth, which helps to make the restoration permanent and secure. This also prevents bone loss in the gums, which can lead to additional oral and general health problems over time. In the first step of treatment, you will visit our Hingham office where our staff will surgically place the implant in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant then slowly begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue, which anchors it in place through a process known as osseointegration. After the implant has healed, the cosmetic crown is attached and the restoration is complete. With good oral hygiene and regular follow up visits to the dentist (generally every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning), implants have a very high success rate and will look, feel, and function much like a natural tooth.

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For more information about dental implants and to find out if they are the right type of dental restoration for you, contact our Hingham, MA, office by calling 781-749-6750 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns today.


If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.

Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.

So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.

Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.

Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.

Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?


With a 95-plus percent survival rate after ten years, dental implants are one of the most durable replacement restorations available. Implants can potentially last much longer than less expensive options, which could make them a less costly choice in the long run.

But although a rare occurrence, implants can and do fail—often in the first few months. And tobacco smokers in particular make up a sizeable portion of these failures.

The reasons stem from smoking’s effect on oral health. Inhaled smoke can actually burn the outer skin layers in the mouth and eventually damage the salivary glands, which can decrease saliva production. Among its functions, saliva provides enzymes to fight disease; it also protects tooth enamel from damaging acid attacks. A chronic “dry mouth,” on the other hand, increases the risk of disease.

The chemical nicotine in tobacco also causes problems because it constricts blood vessels in the mouth and skin. The resulting reduced blood flow inhibits the delivery of antibodies to diseased or wounded areas, and so dramatically slows the healing process. As a result, smokers can take longer than non-smokers to recover from diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease, or heal after surgery.

Both the higher disease risk and slower healing can impact an implant’s ultimate success. Implant durability depends on the gradual integration between bone and the implant’s titanium metal post that naturally occurs after placement. But this crucial process can be stymied if an infection resistant to healing arises—a primary reason why smokers experience twice the number of implant failures as non-smokers.

So, what should you do if you’re a smoker and wish to consider implants?

First, for both your general and oral health, try to quit smoking before you undergo implant surgery. At the very least, stop smoking a week before implant surgery and for two weeks after to lower your infection risk. And you can further reduce your chances for failure by practicing diligent daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

It’s possible to have a successful experience with implants even if you do smoke. But kicking the habit will definitely improve your odds.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”

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