Dr. T. John Megas Jr., D.M.D.

Dr. T. John Megas Jr. was born and raised in Springfield, MA.  Since 1984, Dr. Megas has been providing comprehensive oral healthcare, with a focus on periodontal surgery and the placement of dental implants.  Dr. Megas received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine and Periodontology Degree from Tufts University.  He also completed Dental Implantology Training at Harvard University.  He is a member of numerous prestigious organizations including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Massachusetts Dental Society, and the Valley District Dental Society.  Dr. Megas is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest quality of treatment available.

Dr. Megas has devoted his professional career to all aspects of Periodontics and Implantology with special interests in Dental Implants, Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery, Connective Tissue Grafting, and Bone Regeneration.  To keep abreast of the latest developments in Periodontics and Implantology, Dr. Megas has always exceeded the continuing education requirements of the state.  Dr. Megas prides himself by staying on the cutting edge of the latest technology.

As a dedicated husband and father, Dr. Megas has many interests outside of Periodontics and Implantology.  He enjoys tennis, paddle, skiing, music, reading, and spending time with his family.

Dental Implants :

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium or zirconium– the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, Dr. Megas will first replace the root with a dental implant.

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium or zirconium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

Surgical Advances :

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Megas is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them. Dr. Megas will either place an encode abutment on the implant or will temporize the implant immediately with a temporary post and crown. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between Dr. Megas and your restorative dentist.  Dr. Megas performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Q Do I Need X-Rays?

We will need current periodontal x-rays in order to see disease not otherwise visible. If your referring dentist has taken x-rays, you may request that they be forwarded to us.

Q What Will It Cost?

Since all patients are different, your periodontist must complete your examination before establishing your treatment planning and the fee for care. The fee for periodontal treatment can vary considerably depending on the type of problems and the complexity and length of treatment. An approximate fee can usually be determined at the initial visit; but on occasion, some initial treatment or further diagnostics must be completed before the final treatment planning can be established. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Q Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?

Dental insurance policies often cover periodontal treatment. Please bring all medical and dental benefit information and cards to your examination appointment. Upon request, we will submit a claim to predetermine your insurance benefits; however, this is not required by most plans.

Q Will I Need Surgery?

Not everyone needs periodontal surgery. If treated early, gum disease can be controlled without surgery. We will make recommendations based on your individual situation. Our philosophy of practice is to treat as conservatively as possible to attain treatment goals.

Q Can My Teeth Be Saved?

The recent advances in periodontal treatment allow us to successfully treat most teeth.

Q When Will I Go Back To My General Dentist?

Our office and your dentist will work closely together. If crowns and fillings are needed your dentist will provide them. Regular visits to your dentist are an important part of periodontal maintenance.

Q What If I Don’t Have Gum Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a progressive, painless infection. Delay can cause you further bone loss and more expense. If your teeth are lost, dentures are never as effective as your own natural teeth.

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