Replacing your missing teeth helps you avoid serious complications and enjoy a full and beautiful smile once more. Often, we address missing teeth with implant dentistry. Are dental implants right for your smile? How do we place them and what makes them such a strong and lifelike option?
The Dangers of Missing Teeth
First, let’s look at what missing teeth do to your oral health. The gaps in your smile often lead to misalignment, as surrounding teeth drift from position over time. The resulting misalignment increases the risk of tooth decay and periodontal problems, as thorough brushing and flossing become difficult. Later, the pressure lost teeth place on the jaw joints makes the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism more likely. Finally, your body always notices a lack of tooth roots and responds by suspending the flow of key nutrients to the jawbone. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue deteriorates and this leads to further tooth loss and eventually, an aged appearance.
Candidacy and Placement
Before we place a dental implant, we look at your smile. We need to make sure you have enough jawbone tissue to support a new tooth root, otherwise you may first need a bone grafting procedure. We also look for the presence of periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease that could cause your new tooth to fail. If we find you’re a good candidate, then we insert the dental implant into the jawbone. Through a process known as osseointegration, the biocompatible titanium implant post bonds with the jawbone.
Restoring Your New Tooth
After the placement area heals, we create and place a custom-made dental crown, which replaces the visible portion of your new tooth and ensures a completely natural appearance. If you have any questions about implant dentistry, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Implant Dentistry?
At Brighton Family Dental Group, we know the importance of addressing tooth loss. You can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Villani or Dr. Kondrat by reaching out to our office at (617) 562-5210. We are proud to offer a range of dental services to patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all neighboring communities.