We’ve recently been discussing our tooth replacement options, such as bridges, partial dentures, or full dentures. However, we have another, unique option to address tooth loss: dental implants. In addition to replacing the missing tooth, the implant can provide a number of benefits. How do dental implants preserve your smile? What does placement involve?
Candidacy and Placement
First, we need to make sure you’re a good candidate. We will look at the factors behind your missing teeth and watch for any underlying health issues that may require treatment, such as periodontal disease. If you’re a viable candidate, we will the work with an oral surgeon, who will insert the dental implant into the jaw. The implant and jawbone will bond through a process known as osseointegration, ensuring the new implant acts as a tooth root. Finally, we place an abutment onto the implant that holds a dental restoration in place. A custom-made crown will act as the new visible portion of your tooth, offering durability and a lifelike appearance.
Stimulating Jawbone Growth
When we lose teeth, the body stops supplying the jawbone around the lost tooth with doses of calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the jawbone will deteriorate, leading to further tooth loss and a prematurely aged appearance.
However, the dental implant acts as a new tooth root. The body will resume the flow of nutrients, stimulating jawbone growth and preserving your facial structure.
Long-Lasting Tooth Replacement
Since they preserve jawbone tissue, they don’t need periodic replacement. With proper care and attention, you can expect your new tooth to last for decades, if not a lifetime. You should continue to brush and floss daily to prevent plaque buildup (which can cause gum disease, a major threat to new teeth). You also need to have your teeth leaned every six months to remove any plaque that has accumulated.
Ready to Try Implant Dentistry?
Dr. Janet Goguen, DMD, can provide strong and lifelike tooth replacement with a dental implant. Call our office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591 to schedule your next cleaning. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities, including, Grafton, Hopedale, Whitinsville, and more.