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!
Dental Implants: Facts & Benefits
What is a tooth implant?
A dental implant is a full restoration for a missing tooth. It is a titanium cylinder that fuses with the jawbone at the tooth socket of the lost tooth. This confers strength and stability to the artificial tooth, which is a combination of the implant and a dental crown on top of it. Therefore, an implant actually acts as the root of the artificial tooth.
Benefits of dental implants
- Improved appearance: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.
- Improved speech
- Improved comfort
- Easier eating
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved oral health
How successful are dental implants?
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed, but in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.
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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 implants for patients using dentures - Explained by Scott Siemen, DMD
How is this a different experience for the patients?
Patients who have lost all their teeth and have been using dentures may not be happy with them.
This is where dental implants come into play to help anchor a loose-fitting denture.
Does the denture need to be redone?
Only if the current denture cannot be used will a new denture need to be done.
What are the benefits of this method?
The dentures will now be more stable, and the patients experience improved chewing and appearance.
What are the options for patients using dentures?
Dentures will still be removable but snap in place very securely on the implants placed. The other option is that the dentures will be screwed on to the dental implants permanently.
All about Dental Implants at Paxton Dental Care - Explained by Scott Siemen, DMD
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is the replacement of a missing tooth.
What is the process of placing a dental implant?
The procedure is very simple, and as most people say, painless. In the place where the tooth once was the dental implant is placed to serve as a tooth root substitute.
A very small titanium fixture is placed into the bone where the previous tooth was. It takes 2-3 months for this tooth root replacement to heal and integrate into the bone.
After three or four months, the dental implant fixture is examined for proper healing. At that point, a new tooth or some other device is placed on top.
Who is an ideal candidate for a dental implant?
The ideal candidate for this is a healthy male or female of any age, preferably a non-smoker who is interested in,
- Improving the way they chew.
- Improving their appearance
- Restoring their bite to the way it was before
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
Dental implants, the restorations that best mimic your natural teeth
What is a dental implant?
Today, dental implants provide patients with the opportunity to replace missing teeth in a way that achieves permanent, fixed results. Implants themselves are not designed to replace missing tooth structure. These titanium posts, inserted into healthy jawbone by your experienced dentist, replace the missing root.
Advantages of dental implants
The progression of dental techniques and materials has significantly improved the look and feel of dentures. However, only dental implants will replace missing roots. As such, dental implants most closely mimic the overall structure of natural teeth. When teeth are replaced with dental implants and crowns, a bridge, or full denture appliances, functionality and aesthetics are restored to such a degree that even implant patients forget their teeth.
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.