Dental Implants Avon, Medford & Somerville, MA
More than 36 million Americans have no teeth in both their upper and lower jaws, says the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). Moreover, 120 million are also missing at least one tooth. According to the ACP, these numbers will continue to grow.
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to this growing dental concern.
First Dental completes missing smiles with dental implants in Medford, MA — a tooth-replacement option that guarantees longer-lasting results.
Implant Dentistry: The Basics
Tooth loss results in the deterioration of tooth-supporting bones. This, in turn, leads to aesthetic and functional problems for your mouth.
Implant dentistry keeps the situation from getting worse. Dentists will take small, screw-shaped titanium posts to replace the missing tooth’s root. Unlike other surgical procedures, implant surgery is minor and will only require local anesthesia. After the healing period, dentists will top the implant with custom-made crowns.
Implants have a success rate of 95 percent, which is higher than other tooth-replacement solutions.
Tooth Replacement Options Using Dental Implants
Dental implants are the standard of excellence by which other tooth replacement solutions are judged. People missing a tooth or more can depend on implants to restore their natural smile.
Our dental implants in Avon, Medford, and Sommerville will replace teeth in various ways, depending on the patient’s needs. Our dentists will recommend one of the following options:
- Single tooth replacement. Patients missing a tooth only need a single implant. The dentist will insert the implant into the bone to replace the missing tooth’s root part. After the healing process, you will receive a custom-made replacement tooth (crown), which goes on top of the implant.
Ask our dentists about single tooth replacement. The initial cost may be pricier, but it’s a cost-effective solution that lasts longer. Implants are resistant to decay and will never need root canal treatments.
- Multiple tooth replacement. Patients missing several teeth benefit greatly from implant-supported bridges. You need not replace each tooth with a new implant; instead, our dentists will install implant teeth that support fixed bridgework.
Since implant-supported bridges will replace some roots, your bone will be protected from deterioration. Our implants integrate with your jawbone, keeping the bone intact and in good condition.
Patients missing three teeth in a row will receive two implants on either side of the gap. This overcomes the issue of using your natural teeth as supports for bridgework.
- Permanent replacement of all teeth. Full-arch dental implants offer a complete set of upper or lower replacement teeth. Dentists will permanently fix dental arches into the mouth. Some cases require only 4 implants to support the new teeth’s structure. On the other hand, 10 to 12 teeth will require 5 to 6 implants for steadier support.
Support for Dentures
Traditional dentures place excess pressure on the underlying bones in your mouth. The effect accelerates bone loss, which causes the jaw to shrink. Patients would then have to deal with slipping dentures.
Implants make removable dentures more comfortable and healthier for wear. Our dentists will attach removable dentures onto your dental implants, which prevents the dentures from slipping when you eat or speak.
Dental Implant Care and Maintenance
You’ll have a problem on your hands if you fail to regularly maintain your dental implants. Poor oral hygiene may result in bleeding or a bacterial infection called peri-implantitis, for instance. Instead of leaving the future of your oral health to chance, practice daily dental implant care.
Caring for your implants is very similar to how you care for your natural teeth. Brush and floss implants twice a day to prevent plaque build-up. Gently brush the sides of your implant with small and soft brushes.
Apart from daily oral hygiene practices, visit your dentist regularly, too.
First Dental’s dentists will check your dental implants to ensure each implant is still in good condition. Do not hesitate to ask us about your implants or how to properly care for it. For patients struggling with clenching or grinding their teeth, we recommend using night guards to protect their implants.
Flash a complete smile that impresses others. Schedule an appointment today and speak with our friendly dentists.
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