Restorative Dentistry in Boston
Dental Implants in Beacon Hill
A missing tooth is a small thing, but it can cause big problems. Your remaining teeth can eventually shift into the open space, which not only makes them crooked, but can also change how your jaw fits together. This can lead to chronic pain, unconscious teeth-grinding, and it even makes you more vulnerable to gum disease! This isn’t even mentioning the effect it can have on your self-confidence, and the problems are only compounded if you are missing multiple teeth.
Thankfully, you can now replace them using the most complete and reliable solution available today, dental implants in Beacon Hill.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a comprehensive approach to tooth restoration that does what no other procedure can: replicate a tooth from root to crown.
Rather than simply giving you a fake tooth that sits on top of your gums, dental implants are held firmly in place using a small titanium post that is surgically placed into your jaw that naturally bonds with the surrounding bone. Not only does this give it the security of a natural tooth, but it also ensures the long term health of your gums and jaw.
After you have lost a tooth, the body cuts off the blood supply to the area, which can cause the surrounding tissue to atrophy and eventually affect your remaining teeth. Dental implants help restore this blood flow and keep your mouth healthy just like your natural teeth.
How Many Teeth Can They Replace?
This post can then be topped with a variety of dental prosthetics. Implants are extremely versatile, and can be used to replace a single tooth, anchor a bridge, and even support a set of dentures. For a single tooth, a porcelain crown will be attached to the post. Dental porcelain is just as strong and durable as natural enamel, and is able to completely mimic a tooth in shape, size, and color. That means the only person who will notice that you have had dental work will be you.
With a bridge, this post (or posts) will be attached to adjacent crowns to help fill in the gap in your smile. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, multiple posts can be used to support a set of dentures that fit better, last longer, and provide you the kind of bite force completely unmatched by traditional dentures.
What Is the Procedure Like To Get Dental Implants?
When you come in to see Dr. Share about getting dental implants, he will start by examining your mouth and gums to make sure they will work for you. Candidates typically need to be in decent overall health, and have an adequate amount of healthy jawbone to support the posts. Once he decides to proceed, the process involves 3 basic steps:
· You will be referred to a local oral surgeon who will place the implant into your jawbone.
· You will be given 3-6 months to heal, as well as allow the implant to bond to your jaw.
· On your final visit, Dr. Share will place your new dental prosthetic.
The placement procedure is a very minor surgery, and most people only require local anesthesia for it to be completely painless. The length of the healing period will depend on your particular situation, and is mostly to allow the implant time to meld with your jawbone (which is a natural process called osseointegration). After your prosthetic has been placed, you’ll have very little sensation in the implant itself, but your smile will be fully functional again. They are extremely easy to maintain; all it takes is regular brushing and flossing to keep them looking new for decades.
When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, nothing provides the reliability, longevity, and aesthetics like dental implants can. They are the most comprehensive solution today, which is why more and more people are choosing them to complete their smile.
If you have any questions about getting dental implants, or want to schedule a consultation, please give us a call today.