The Lucky Accident Of Dental Implants

Dental Implants & Restoration Wellesley, MA Dentist | Tocci Dental Associates

That empty space in your smile is more than just unattractive. When you are missing a tooth, your other teeth will eventually become crooked because they lack support from that lost tooth. Your bite changes, which can lead to TMJ pain. You can even get cavities and gum disease near that gap.

That’s why you need to call our Wellesley, MA dental office today at 781-304-8172 and make an appointment for a dental implant. This restorative dentistry treatment gives you back the look and strength of a healthy smile by replacing that lost tooth. Dr. Tocci is your Wellesley dentist with a dental implantology certification from Harvard, giving him advanced training to help place your dental implant just right.

Dental Implants Explained

What are dental implants? They’re as close to regrowing a lost tooth as is possible with today’s technology. With a dental implant in place, your smile is restored to how it should be.

All dental implants have three parts:

  1. The artificial root: Your natural teeth have roots that extend into your jawbone, so your dental implant will come with an artificial root. Dr. Tocci has partnered with local oral surgeons to place the implant in your jawbone.
  2. The replacement tooth: The replacement tooth will look and feel like one of your natural teeth and will be individually made so it fits in with your smile.
  3. The abutment: A small connector that attaches the replacement tooth to the artificial root. This way, if the replacement tooth ever gets damaged or needs changing, you don’t have to remove the root.

Our Wellesley dentist works with some trusted local oral surgeons to place traditional dental implants. If your jawbone is thin or weak, you might be able to get mini dental implants instead. Either way, Dr. Tocci will use his advanced training to make sure your dental implant procedure gives you the smile you deserve.

An Accident Led To Dental Implants

Believe it or not, dental implants work because of a lucky accident.

Some form of dental implant has existed for a long time. There’s evidence that ancient Mayans used shells and crystals as replacement teeth. But the bone tissue in the jaw wouldn’t hold onto those; they would keep falling out.

In the 1950s, a scientist was studying how bones worked. He implanted some tiny titanium rods in a rabbit’s leg bone. After collecting his data, he went to remove the rods — only to discover they had fused with the bone. No other metal does this.

Once dentists learned of this accidental discovery, they realized an artificial root made from titanium would fuse with the jawbone. This is why dental implants have the same strength and stability as your natural teeth.

How Dental Implants Benefit You

It’s obvious that a dental implant will give you back a tooth you lost, but there are other benefits as well to this restorative dentistry treatment.


When you chew, sensation travels down the roots of your natural teeth and into the jawbone. This stimulates the bone tissue there and helps it stay strong. So when you’ve lost a tooth, you’ve lost that sensation. The bone there will start to deteriorate.

Dental implants include an artificial root. Once in place, that sensation can stimulate the bone tissue there and help keep it strong and healthy.


It’s hard to feel happy about your smile when you know there’s a gap in it. You can worry about what other people think when they see that dark space, and that can lower your self-esteem and confidence. But with a dental implant in that gap, you can talk and smile with confidence once again.


Because dental implants are as close to having your old tooth back as is possible, they last a long time. Although it depends somewhat on how you take care of your smile, your dental implant will last 20 years or longer. Some people never have to get any other dental restoration after getting a dental implant.

Call us TODAY at 781-304-8172 or send us a message using our online form to schedule your appointment for a dental implant. Because he has a dental implantology certification from Harvard, Dr. Tocci is your Wellesley dentist with the right training to help restore your smile with a dental implant.