If you have teeth that require replacing, you may be a candidate for dental implants. While a veneer covers the existing tooth, an implant completely replaces the structure, mimicking the feeling and appearance of a natural tooth.
What is a Dental Implant?
After removing the decayed root of the natural tooth, your dentist will insert a titanium rod into your gumline, which keeps your new tooth in place. The titanium structure will be able to support a crown or bridge, depending on which method you and your dentist agree will be best for you. No one will be able to tell the difference! Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth depending on your needs.
Benefits of Dental Implants
There are many benefits to having dental implants installed:
Bone Loss Prevention
If a tooth decays to the point where nothing is left in the jaw, you may be prone to bone loss. Since the area will not be affected by talking and chewing, especially if it is the only missing tooth, the area can begin to deteriorate, losing volume and functionality in the first year. Since an implant mimics the natural structure of a tooth, bone growth will be encouraged.
Keeps Surrounding Teeth Stable
An implant will sit in your jaw like a natural tooth, providing the same level of functionality when you chew or talk. In addition to functionality, an implant keeps your natural teeth stable and in place. Gaps from missing teeth can lead others to begin shifting, leading to crooked or awkwardly spaced teeth. This not only affects the appearance of your smile but also your ability to chew and the possibility of TMJ.
Dental implants, if cared for properly, can last the rest of your life. While a bridge or veneer may only last a few years, the titanium used to construct the implant integrates directly with the jawbone, greatly reducing the possibility of rejection. With proper brushing, flossing, and checkups, your implant will be able to keep your smile perfect.
Dental Implants & Crowns in Newton, MA
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns, contact Newton Dental Associates today. Dr. Stephen Rellas specializes in crowns and implants and was named one of the Top Dentists of 2018 by Boston Magazine. To schedule a consultation, Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or filling out our online contact form.