Loss of permanent teeth can be challenging. Not only does it affect your appearance and confidence, it also impacts your ability to chew and speak effectively. Deciding what type of treatment, you will use for tooth replacement requires research. At the office of Dr. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D in Boston, MA we have several options for tooth replacement including dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement treatment that physically replaces the missing tooth root. Often referred to as the gold standard in tooth replacement, dental implants fully restore functionality and appearance to the smile and are unparalleled in stability and longevity.
Similar in appearance to a tiny screw, dental implants are typically made of titanium or zirconia. During an outpatient procedure, the implant is placed into the jawbone and left to heal. During this healing process, the implant and bone fuse together which is what creates the stable foundation for the final restoration.
Dental implants are a versatile solution to several different tooth loss scenarios, including:
- A single dental implant can be used to anchor a dental crown when replacing an individual missing tooth
- Multiple implants can be placed strategically in the bone and used to support dentures and replace an entire arch of teeth.
- Implants can be placed to support a dental bridge for several teeth missing in a row.
Dental implants are titanium roots, that are replaced with in the jawbone to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. A screw is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. A porcelain crown is then attached to the screw to become the new tooth or teeth. They can be used to support dental prosthesis including crowns, dentures, and bridges. Today’s treatments are so natural looking, no one will know you had surgery. There’s approximately a 95% success rate for all implants. With modern advances in dentistry, some implants can be restored immediately with life like all porcelain crowns. For more details ask your dentist.
Cost of dental implants
Dental implants require the most in upfront costs versus other methods of tooth replacement. Most patients find that in the end they are worth the investment. At our office, our dental implant restorations use the highest quality of materials so you can trust that your restoration will last for the long haul. With good oral hygiene, dental implants can often last a lifetime.
Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants today
Dental implant technology has come a long way which means that most patients that are in good overall health can be a candidate for the treatment. In some cases, bone or soft tissue grafts may be necessary to ensure the longevity of the restoration. If you are in the Boston, MA area and would like to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for you, call (617) 581-0689 to schedule an appointment.