We are proud to offer dental implants and restorations so you can be proud of your smile.
If you are struggling with a missing tooth (or several missing teeth), it is important to know about all of your options.
Typically, we like to place implants, which will act like your tooth’s replacement root. Overtop of the implants, we use crowns, which are artificial teeth, restoring your mouth with normal-sized and shaped teeth.
We also offer bridges, which are used to bridge the gap between your teeth, making sure your mouth keeps its normal shape. Bridges can be removable, making them easy to clean, or fix. Some bridges are cemented into place.
Another option, depending on what you want, is dentures. Dentures come in either full or partial, depending on how many teeth you are missing.
After doing a thorough examination with x-rays, we will take time to discuss your options. We want to talk about any procedures that may help you and the aftercare that may be needed. We want you to make an informed decision about which you feel confident. It is our goal to give you a smile you can be proud of anyway that we can.
If you are considering dental implants, it is important to understand a little bit about them, especially the benefits.
There are three pieces to a successful implant: the implant, which is made up of titanium, the abutment, and the crown. During the first part of the procedure, we will place the implant into your jawbone, where it will begin to fuse. This is very natural. The implant acts like your tooth would in the jaw. Then we place an abutment over the part of the implant that is showing above your gum line. Then we put your replacement tooth (a crown) over the abutment.
Many people who are missing only one tooth elect to use a fixed bridge. However, there are complications to this method. The bridge can be harmful to your other teeth since it is attached to them. Bridges usually need to be replaced at least once or twice during your life, depending on your age. There are also similar complications with partial dentures. Within five to seven years, thirty percent of patients have problems with their bridges or dentures. Since they often have complications and require repairs, bridges and dentures can cost more, especially with our younger patients.
Compared to traditional procedures, implants are a much healthier choice. They help to preserve the jawbone. When you lose teeth, the jawbone will start to become weak and even erode. If this happens before we place your implants, we may need to do bone grafting. This procedure helps to build up your bone. Once you have implants, they will act like normal teeth, creating stability while keeping your jaw and mouth healthier.
Though dental implants are newer than traditional choices, there is still over fifty years of research done on them. They seem to be the best option for long and lasting results.
We are usually able to fill in broken teeth to make them look like normal teeth. We even use a cement that is the color of your teeth. If that does not work, we offer veneers and caps to cover up your broken teeth.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at (781) 236-3586 if you have any questions about dental implants or restorations.