Dr. Ancy Verdier earned his B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, where he served as Student Body President and was the winner of the coveted Wendell Phillips Award (sole student speaker at graduation). Following his graduation, Dr. Verdier completed the post-baccalaureate program at Harvard University and then matriculated at Tufts University’s School of Dental Medicine.
After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine, Dr. Verdier completed a prestigious three-year residency program in Periodontology at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, after which he was awarded Diplomate status by the American Academy of Periodontology. He also was featured in the magazine Incisal Edge Top 40 Dentist under 40. Finally, Dr. Verdier is a member and Fellow in the International College of Dentists.
Dr. Verdier is a former teacher at NYU School of Dentistry, Lincoln Hospital GPR Program, and Interfaith Hospital GPR program. He is a frequent speaker at national dental meetings and oral health seminars. Currently, Dr. Verdier is the Director of The Seattle Study Club of Central New England, a dental study club for advanced and comprehensive dentistry and clinical excellence in Worcester, Massachusetts and surrounding areas, which includes over 40 dentists from all aspects of dentistry. He serves on the Tufts University Dental School Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees of Tufts University and, Board of Directors of Hanover Theatre, a Dance Company. He is also a regular contributor to Tufts Practice Based Research Network.
Outside of the office, Dr. Verdier enjoys a great workout class, playing golf, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dental implants are now the generally preferred tooth replacement treatment over partial dentures and fixed bridges. Traditional treatments either rest on your gums, as with removable dentures, or rely upon adjacent teeth to serve as anchors for fixed bridges. Dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, offering a highly successful, long-term replacement option.
Tooth Loss and Implants:
Did you know an estimated 69% of adults ages 35-44 have lost a minimum of one tooth to either injury, decay, or gum disease? Moreover, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Dental technology now offers alternatives to the traditional methods of tooth replacement: dentures and fixed bridges, which are associated with increased complications over time. Removable dentures cause bone loss which impacts facial structure and can loosen or alter denture fit. Improperly fitting dentures can make embarrassing clicking sounds when eating or talking. Fixed bridges are placed by grinding down remaining adjacent teeth, also known as abutments, making these healthy teeth more susceptible to damage. Despite long-term complications, these treatments are still safe and viable.
Research indicates that dental implants yield better long-term results for tooth replacement. Titanium implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, where the implant fuses with the existing natural bone in a process called osseointegration. Properly integrated implants do not slip or make embarrassing noises and are more difficult to distinguish from your natural teeth. Because they mirror tooth and root structure, implants provide stimulation for the jawbone, preventing bone loss, while their titanium composition makes them resistant to decay. These factors contribute to the long-term success of dental implants and subsequent overall oral health.
Dental implant technology has been around for over 20 years. Not only does the technology continue to develop and improve, but it has also stood the test of time! Patients who received implants in the ’80s and ’90s continue to report optimum functionality of their implants. With proper care and hygiene, dental implants are truly a life-long solution for missing teeth.
Missing teeth not only affects your oral health, but your quality of life as well. Without tooth replacement, your smile is less attractive and you may experience pain or difficulty eating and speaking, which can be embarrassing. Dental implants can alleviate these concerns by acting as natural teeth.
Dental implants are a safe, predictable solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Patients with implants experience improved taste and appetite as they are able to chew without pain or discomfort. Dental implants also improve your aesthetic appearance by rebuilding your smile, and preserving your facial structure. Your overall quality of life can improve with dental implants.
There are no limitations as to who is eligible for implants. They are a suitable solution for all ages, provided there is enough bone in which to set the implants.
Implants successfully integrate with the jaw bone in 97% of cases. When integration is not successful, your doctor will attempt to place the implant in a slightly different location within the jaw in hopes of promoting better integration.
No. A local anesthetic is administered before and during surgery to ensure the patient does not feel pain or discomfort throughout the procedure. Usually your doctor will prescribe post-operative pain medication to minimize any discomfort that may initially occur after the surgery.
Patients can often return to work the next day. Your doctor will discuss your post-operative care plan with you prior to the procedure.
Dental implants may be covered under certain policies. Coverage is generally limited to what is covered for bridges or dentures.
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth: daily brushing and flossing as well as regular, bi-annual dental check-ups.
If you do not opt for dental implants, you will experience steady, gradual bone loss, causing additional problems with your remaining healthy teeth. This bone loss can eventually impact your denture fit and affect your facial appearance and diet. It is important to replace missing teeth before these side effects occur. The risks incurred by waiting to replace teeth may make you ineligible for dental implants and require bone grafting.