Dental implants to replace missing teeth in Paxton, MA
If you have lost a tooth due to injury or disease or need to have a tooth extracted, there are many terrific options available to replace it thanks to the many advances that have been made in modern dentistry. Dental implants, often called the “gold standard” in tooth replacement, are one of the most popular solutions for missing teeth at Paxton Dental Care in Paxton, MA. These custom-made dental restorations not only replace your lost tooth but also provide several other oral health benefits – read on to learn more!
How dental implants work
What makes dental implants such a good tooth replacement is that they mimic the root portion of a natural tooth, which holds the tooth securely in place in your mouth. In your first visit, the dental implant (which looks like a small screw) is placed into your jawbone through an incision in your gums. As it heals over the next few weeks to months, it undergoes a transformative process called osseointegration where it fuses with your jawbone to form a strong foundation for your replacement tooth. In your next visit, a small connecting piece called an abutment is placed on top of the implant, and then the final step is to secure your replacement tooth (typically a dental crown) onto the abutment.
Dental implant benefits
Dental implants have benefits beyond just restoring a healthy appearance to your smile. Because they fuse with your jawbone, dental implants place enough force on the bone to prevent it from atrophying over time (like how a muscle that is not used deteriorates in size over time). In addition, dental implants:
- Provide a functional and durable replacement for your tooth so your bite, chewing motions, and speech are not affected
- Can last a lifetime with proper home care
- Are made from biocompatible materials, such as titanium implants or zirconia implants
- Prevent other teeth from shifting in your mouth, as they naturally try to fill the gap left by your lost tooth
- Take years off your appearance by helping to fill in a “sunken” look in your cheeks
- Are versatile – depending on your needs, everything from mini dental implants to full dental implants and implant-supported dentures are available
If you are a patient in the Paxton or Worcester MA area facing tooth loss or upcoming extractions, call Paxton Dental Care today to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you. Our Paxton, MA office can be reached at (508) 557-2400.