Dental Implants Framingham MA
Are you ready to emerge from quarantine and begin resuming your normal life? For many of us, this includes routine dental care such as dental exams and cleanings. It is tempting to delay such things during the time of COVID-19, but it is possible to both protect your overall health, while still maintaining the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.
For instance, dental implants may be an option for those with missing teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that we place into your jawbone to replace one or more missing teeth. It begins with the placement of a titanium screw that your jawbone fuses around. Once this process is complete, we place what is known as an abutment over the screw or post. Finally, a crown is placed onto the abutment to serve as a chewing surface.
Benefits of Dental Implants
One unfortunate side effect to leaving a missing tooth untreated is that the underlying jawbone will start melting away. Depending upon how many missing teeth you have, and their positions, this could even negatively affect your facial appearance. Your new dental implant will serve as a replacement tooth root, encouraging your jawbone to fuse around it and preserve bone in this area.
If it has been awhile since you have had a missing tooth, this does not necessarily mean that you would not make a good candidate for receiving a dental implant. You could still receive a bone graft to shore up the area in preparation for later receiving a new dental implant to replace your missing tooth.
Another way that dental implants help is by “taking up the slack” left by one or more missing teeth. If you simply do nothing, surrounding teeth in the area can eventually begin shifting into the empty space left by the missing teeth. Implants prevent this possibility by filling in the gaps.
Your new dental implant will provide both the function and appearance of a natural tooth. No one will know that you had anything done.
Unlike other tooth replacement options like dental bridges, implants last for a long time. A dental bridge can last an average of 10 years. Whereas, a dental implant can be expected to last for a lifetime when properly cared for.