Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal (gum) issues. We also specialize in the placement of implants. At Thomas P. Rafferty, DDS, we believe implants are the ideal solution for tooth loss. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can drastically improve the function and aesthetics of your smile!
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
As a periodontist, Dr. Thomas Rafferty is uniquely qualified to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants. During your initial consultation, we will perform a comprehensive examination using advanced diagnostic tools, such as x-rays, CBCT scans, and digital impressions. By the end of your appointment, you will know whether or not implants are right for you.
Most patients qualify for dental implants. However, we may need to address bone deterioration or periodontal disease before we move forward with treatment. We offer bone grafting and other preliminary procedures to ensure the success of your implant.
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Dental Implant Placement
A missing tooth can significantly alter the shape of your face and affect many aspects of your life that you otherwise take for granted, such as chewing solid foods and even smiling for the camera. In the past, patients with missing teeth had very limited options outside of dentures that, more often than not, didn’t solve the crux of the issue: bone resorption and facial changes. Now there are advanced procedures available, known as dental implants. They mimic both the appearance and functionality of your real teeth. The wear and tear on dental implants are minimal, much like your real teeth.
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Single and Multiple Dental Implants
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically embed into the jawbone. Because the implant is placed underneath the gum tissue, it acts as the root component of a missing tooth. After a brief healing period we will place an abutment. The abutment is a support structure that links the implant screw to your restoration. A single implant is usually attached to a porcelain or zirconia crown.
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If you are missing multiple teeth we will place multiple implants to support a fixed partial or complete bridge.
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All-On-4® Treatment Concept
Dental implants are a popular restorative measure that can substantially improve your quality of life. There are several different installation techniques that may be used to install dental implants. One treatment concept used by our team at is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. By using this method, our professionals can provide you with a functional, natural-looking set of dental implants.
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How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Implants are ideal for your long-term oral health. It is the only restoration that provides stimulation to your jawbone. This stimulation will preserve the structure of the jaw by preventing deterioration. Because implants rely on the bone, there is also no risk of structural damage to your surrounding teeth.
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Dental implants are one of the most popular and durable full teeth restoration procedures available today. They are a means by which our team at can provide you with a completely new smile that looks and functions like natural teeth. However, certain consequences of tooth loss may have influenced your mouth’s ability to support implants.
If this is the case, you have no need to worry. Our professionals can repair the damage caused to your bone structure as a result of tooth loss through the use of a sinus lift. A sinus lift is a procedure that targets the upper jawbone. By using a sinus lift, our team can strengthen and repair your jawbone and prepare it to receive dental implants.
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Dental implants are a great restorative option. They are a means for you to obtain a brand-new smile that looks natural and functions great. However, not everyone’s mouth is strong enough to support dental implants. If this is true in your case, our team at can utilize bone grafting to strengthen your jawbone and prepare you for dental implants.
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Ridge augmentation is a specific type of bone graft that targets your alveolar ridge. This ridge is part of your jawbone and forms the foundation that your natural tooth roots are attached to. Gum disease and tooth loss can damage this ridge, making it difficult for your jawbone to receive dental implants. By grafting new bone material to this ridge, our team can repair the damage caused by tooth loss and prepare your mouth for dental implants.
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Schedule Your Initial Consultation
You, too, can experience the wonderful benefits of dental implants! Call (978) 720-9009 to schedule your initial consultation now!