Are you missing one, two or even all of your teeth? Would you like your smile to be healthy, strong and attractive again? Then, why not explore dental implants in Norwood from Central Dental Associates? Very experienced in these exceptional tooth replacements, Drs. Maheu, Viventi, Shomali, Faris, Stoddard and Mattos evaluate patients for dental implants and place them in during simple in-house oral surgeries. The results are dramatic and absolutely life-changing!
What are Dental Implants?
Very simply, dental implants are completely artificial teeth which realistically mimic the look and function of natural teeth. Dental implants have three distinct parts: a titanium screw which resides in the jawbone where the natural tooth root was, a metal alloy post which extends above the gums and a customized porcelain crown.
At Dental Dental Associates the dentists place dental implants in patients who have good oral health but have lost teeth too for various reasons. Patients must possess sufficient jaw bone size and density, too. Very versatile, dental implants may anchor one tooth, a multi-tooth bridge or even a full set of dentures in Norwood, resulting in unparalleled appearance, oral function, and comfort. Plus, dental implants literally last for decades.
What Makes Dental Implants Special?
Dental implants fully bond with human bone. This natural process is called osseointegration. Once the doctor inserts the dental implant into the bone and closes the site, osseointegration takes over, helping the jaw bone meld to the titanium metal in the implant. Biocompatible, strong and lightweight, titanium contributes to the more than 90 percent success rate of dental implant surgeries.
Over many weeks, the surgery site heals, and then the dentist installs the metal post and customized crown. As the patient chews on the new tooth, the jaw bone gets stronger. In other words, the process of osseointegration continues. No other tooth replacement option can offer this wonderful benefit.
How Do You Care for Dental Implants?
People who are in good overall health make great candidates for dental implants. Also, patients must have healthy gums and a strong jaw bone, although gum disease may be treated and bone augmented to prepare a site for implant insertion.
To care for dental implants over the long term, patients should brush and floss around them daily just as they do their natural teeth. Good oral hygiene at home and at the dental office prevents peri-implantitis, an infection similar to periodontitis, the most destructive kind of gum disease. Peri-implantitis may necessitate implant removal.
Also, smoking encourages peri-implantitis. So, while smokers may still receive dental implants, they are urged to cease tobacco use 72 hours before implant surgery and 72 hours after it. Of course, smoking cessation is best for anyone’s overall and oral health.
Could Dental Implants Complete Your Smile?
Chances are they could help you enjoy a beautiful, well-functioning smile for the rest of your life. Why not contact Central Dental Associates to arrange your own implant dentistry consultation? Bring your questions so you fully understand your options for replacing missing teeth.