When you lose one or more of your missing teeth, this could cause serious problems for your overall oral health. You also have negative impacts on your appearance, and even your ability to eat or speak. To provide a tooth replacement that could last decades, maybe even a lifetime, your Brighton, MA, dentists may prescribe dental implants!
The Difference Between Implant and Removable Tooth Replacement
Tooth loss is linked to trouble eating a variety of foods, difficulty speaking, and an increased risk of complications that range from tooth decay and gum disease to TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Replacing your missing teeth helps restore the function and health of your smile. While traditional dentures are held in place with crowns, and dentures need clasps or suction, dental implants are actually a small screw-like device created from biocompatible titanium. We insert them into the jawbone, where they act as new roots. This stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue and helps ensure your new teeth last for decades, maybe even a lifetime. In comparison, removable dentures and crown-secured bridges often need replacement every ten years.
Placing Your New Roots
We start by carefully planning the placement process with digital technology. We guide them into place, choosing the optimal area to absorb daily bite forces and ensure proper bite balance. They will bond with the bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration, which gives them the stability of a natural tooth root. We will of course look for any underlying health issues that could complicate the placement process. If we find gum disease or lack of jawbone tissue, we may need to offer treatment to strengthen your smile.
Creating a Lifelike Restoration or Prosthetic
We may use them to address a single missing tooth, and if so, we will attach a crown to them with an abutment. If you have multiple missing teeth, then we could attach a bridge or denture to multiple dental implants. The crowns and prosthetics will be custom-made based on detailed images and digital impressions taken of your smile, ensuring a comfortable fit and a lifelike appearance. We want you to feel proud to smile, and to ensure a smile that feels and functions like a natural one. If you have any questions about the dangers of missing tooth, or what you can do to enjoy a strong and long-lasting smile, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Addressing Missing Teeth?
We want to help our patients maintain whole and healthy smiles that look beautiful. To learn more about implant dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Cambridge, Brookline, and all surrounding communities.