Dentures and bridges are no longer the only option for people with missing teeth. Today, dental implants are changing the lives of patients everywhere. Longmeadow, MA implant dentist Dr. Dores provides this teeth replacement solution for ultimate function, comfort, and stability.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is tiny titanium screw that replaces the tooth root. The implant is embedded into the jawbone or gums, and the replacement tooth (crown, bridge or denture) is placed on top of the implant. Because dental implants simulate a real living tooth from the root up, they are the most stable and secure foundations for artificial teeth. Getting dental implants is like “growing” new teeth!
Anyone who has lost one or more teeth can benefit from dental implants. Besides restoring full chewing ability, dental implants preserve jawbone density and support the facial structure, making you look more youthful.
Ideal candidates for implant placement are those who are in good general and oral health. The jawbone must also be dense enough if using a traditional implant, and urgent problems like severe decay and gum disease must be treated first before implants can be placed. Dr. Dores may be able to place dental implants right after tooth extraction, but in most cases, a waiting time of 2-3 months is recommended.
Implants can replace individual teeth or all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures are better than removable dentures in many ways. Implant dentures do not require adhesive and will never come off when you are eating or speaking. With proper maintenance, they can also last for decades.
Dental implant placement and restoration is a multi-stage procedure and often requires several trips to the dental clinic. Dr. Dores will examine your mouth and jaw thoroughly to determine which teeth replacement method is right for you.