Do you have one or more missing teeth? If so, you are far from alone. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, over 69% of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth. If you would like to once again enjoy a healthy and whole smile, then you may be interested in dental implants. You can once again eat, smile, and speak with confidence and ease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What if I’m missing more than one tooth?
Answer: Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. The procedure involves inserting a biocompatible implant post into the jawbone, where the bone tissue bonds with it. For multiple tooth loss, we can place multiple implant posts to support a dental prosthesis, such as dentures.
Question: Does it matter if my gums are healthy?
Answer: Yes, it does. Gums afflicted with periodontal disease can actually lead to adult tooth loss. Which means if you have implants, they can fail. You must have disease-free gum tissue before proceeding with the treatment.
Question: Do I need to have a certain amount of jawbone tissue?
Answer: You do. The jawbone tissue holds the new tooth in place. Without a certain amount of jawbone you won’t qualify for the procedure. However, patients can undergo a bone grafting procedure to buildup their jaw tissue.
Question: How long will my dental prosthesis last?
Answer: On average, with the proper care, you can expect the new tooth to last for as long as 25 years. In some cases, they have been reported to last even longer. If you have any questions or concerns about this process or would like to schedule a consultation, then contact our office today.
ABOUT YOUR BRIGHTON DENTISTS:
Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.