Can a dental implant replace one missing tooth?
The best solution for one missing tooth is an implant supported dental crown. No matter how you lost your tooth, this solution is the most natural way to replace it. A single implant fixture can be inserted into the jaw bone at the gap. Then a dental crown will be cemented or screwed to the implant.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
Most people will qualify for dental implants as there are very little qualifications. Worcester, MA dentist Dr. Robert Gauthier will conduct an oral examination and take x-rays as well other diagnostics to determine if you qualify. He will be making sure that you are free from any oral health diseases and problems. Additionally, he will make sure there is enough bone density to support the implant fixtures. Using tobacco in any form is not recommended. After the surgical implantation, your mouth requires a healthy environment where the implants can fuse with the bone and the soft tissues can heal.
I currently have dentures. Can I switch to dental implants?
Most people who are currently wearing removable dentures can switch to dental implants. Some denture wearers find it hard to adjust to wearing a removable prosthesis. Additionally, some people wear them for years then decide they want their denture to be more stable. If you suffer from bone loss, which is a common condition denture wearers face, a bone graft may be needed to build back up the jaw bone. If you have a good amount of bone, then we will plan out your treatment and schedule you for the surgical placement of the implants.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss?
Without the tooth root, the underlying bone will begin to break down and bone loss occurs. A dental implant not only supports a dental prosthesis but it also replaces the tooth root. When you chew or bite, the implant is able to provide enough stimulation in the bone allowing it regenerate. A dental implant supported prosthesis is the only tooth replacement solution that will prevent bone loss.
Will the dental implants ever need to be replaced?
With adequate oral health care, your dental implants should last forever. This includes visiting our Worcester, MA dentist office every six months for a teeth cleaning and checkup as well as daily teeth brushing and flossing. The dental prosthesis may need to be replaced due to wear and tear after 10 – 20 years.
Are dental implants worth the investment?
Dental implants offer many advantages over other tooth replacement solutions. Even though they cost more and the process takes longer, they will feel, function, and look just like natural teeth. They are more stable than dental bridges and traditional dentures, you will not have to avoid certain foods, and they will prevent bone loss in the jaw. Bone loss is a common occurrence with dentures and bridges that can alter the appearance of your face which can make you appear years older. Teeth implants are not only an investment in your health, but they are also an investment in your overall well-being.
If you still have questions or concerns regarding dental implants, please do not hesitate to contact Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA. Our helpful staff is available during business hours to talk about this innovative tooth replacement treatment.