Implant Dentistry

Dr. German Gallucci

Dental implants are the premiere tooth replacement option for patients with missing or broken teeth that are considered beyond repair. Implants provide the patient with a look and feel that is as close to natural teeth as possible. Dental implants can be used to restore your bite, your smile, and your confidence. Most often, dental implants are used to provide non-removable tooth replacements; however, they can also be used to anchor conventional dentures so that they do not fall out.

Treatment options:

  • Single tooth replacement with dental implants
  • Multiple tooth replacement with dental implant bridges
  • Full arch tooth replacement with complete dental implant replacements
  • Immediate dental implants
  • Bone and soft tissue grafting
  • Implant retained dentures
  • Multidisciplinary care for complex cases

Which departments provide dental implants at the Harvard Dental Center?

  • Faculty Group Practice (including all aspects of surgery and implant prosthetics)
  • Advanced Graduate programs:
    • Implant Dentistry Program 
    • Periodontics Program 
    • Prosthodontics Program 
  • Dental Students (select implant prosthetics only)

Why choose to have a dental implant procedure at the Harvard Dental Center?

  • World-class experts
  • The complete treatment can be performed in one location and often with one provider
  • Onsite CBCT scanning for three dimensional radiographic assessment of your bone structure
  • Use of premium implant systems, components, and biological materials
  • Best value in Boston
  • Variety of insurance plans accepted
  • Culturally sensitive care
  • Choice of Teaching or Faculty Practice

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the treatment take?

The duration of dental implant treatment is dictated by the healing period of the jaw bones after removal of teeth and insertion of the dental implants, as well as the complexity of the treatment. Treatment often takes between three and six months for single tooth replacements.

How much does it cost?

Being the premiere tooth replacement option for missing or broken teeth, dental implant treatment can be expensive. Following a routine consultation to determine if you are suitable for dental implant treatment and the type of treatment required, our professionals will provide you with a treatment plan estimate. This estimate will help determine your out-of-pocket expenses and level of insurance coverage. The treatment cost will vary depending on whether you choose to be seen by a faculty member, a resident, or a student provider.

Do I have to go without teeth while I have my implants done?

It is almost always possible to provide some sort of temporary tooth replacement during the duration of the treatment so that you can continue to eat and smile!

How many surgeries does it take to have a dental implant?

Most commonly, only one surgery is required to place the implant following the removal of the tooth. However, additional surgeries may be required depending on the complexity of the treatment.

Is it possible to perform a full procedure in one day?

It is possible to pull out teeth, place implants and a crown on the same day; however, the jaw bones and patient need to be suitable for this type of treatment and it does carry additional risks. 

Do I need to have a bone graft done in order to have a dental implant? 

Not always, however it is often required to rebuild the part of the jaw bone with bone grafts to provide an ideal appearance and shape of the tooth after dental implant therapy. Bone graft techniques and materials vary considerably and need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.