Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have missing teeth, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. This keeps your remaining teeth from shifting position and prevents long-term damage to your jawbone. There are several options for replacing teeth, including dentures and bridges. For the most stable, permanent solution, consider dental implants, the only option that permanently ensures your teeth’s structure.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement teeth, consisting of a titanium root which is anchored in your gums, a support post or abutment, and a crown that precisely simulates a natural tooth. Many patients report that dental implants look, feel, and function the closest to natural teeth. Implants preserve your facial contours, giving you a confident smile and restoring eating and speaking ability. The titanium root bonds with your jawbone, forming a rock-solid foundation for artificial teeth. Missing teeth cause your jawbone to weaken, and implants prevent this deterioration thanks to the solid connection between metal and bone.
What is the procedure for getting dental implants?
Many factors determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, including your age, health history, and the strength of your jawbone. Before committing to the procedure, we strongly suggest a dental / radiographic examination to assess your oral health. This exam will be performed by either Dr. Chick or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon that we refer you to.
Dental implant surgery is a lengthy procedure since several months of healing time are required between each stage. You will be able to wear temporary dentures during the process.
- Some patients require a preliminary bone graft if their jawbone is not strong enough to support an implant. Bone is transplanted from another part of your body to shore up the jawbone. Several months are often necessary for new bone to grow.
- Next, the implant is placed within your gums in direct connection with the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Again, it will take time for the implant and bone to fuse properly.
- The abutment or support post is placed. Sometimes, this can be done at the same time as the first implant procedure.
- Finally, the artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. The tooth is carefully crafted to blend with the rest of your teeth, and can be either removable or fixed.
Though dental implant surgery is an involved process, it leaves you with a strong, new set of fully functional teeth. Call today to explore dental implants and find out if they’re a good option. The Dentist at Framingham staff will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Call (508) 872-8806 today to schedule your appointment!