Whether you lost teeth due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease, the outcome is the same – large gaps in your smile that make life difficult. Dentures were the most practical solution to resolving tooth loss issues in the past. Today, more people are turning to implants to replace missing teeth due to their efficiency and natural-looking appearance. If you’re considering implant treatment, we encourage you to contact Acton Dental Associates for teeth implants in Acton, Massachusetts.
Modern dentures have improved dramatically over the years but are still limited in the services they provide as replacement teeth. Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable to wear, have a tendency to slip when you eat or speak, and require special care to keep them in good shape long-term. Over time, they’ll lose their usefulness and need to be replaced at your expense.
In contrast, implants are permanent as the titanium post is surgically imbedded into your jaw, where it fuses with your jawbone and becomes your new tooth root. Once the implant has healed, an abutment is attached on top to hold a dental crown that will replace your lost tooth. The result is a replacement tooth that’s stable, durable and natural-looking – everything you would want in a new tooth.
Dental implants are specifically designed for comfort, attractive appearance and functionality. With implants, you benefit from the following:
Longevity: The implant itself can last the rest of your life, while the porcelain crown can last up to 15 years with proper care.
Efficient chewing: Implants give you replacement teeth that are strong and stable, enabling you to chew even crunchy foods with ease. You can dine with friends confidently, knowing your new teeth won’t slip, slide or shift when eating.
Versatility: Implants can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. Single implants can replace front teeth, molars or any other tooth that goes missing. An implant-supported bridge can be used to replace multiple missing teeth in a row. Suppose all your teeth need to be pulled due to irreparable bone damage from periodontal disease. In that case, Acton Dental Associates can replace them with implant-supported dentures using all-on-four or all-on-six implant treatment.
Better oral health: When natural teeth go missing, the remaining teeth have a tendency to shift to fill the gaps left by lost teeth. Implants keep your teeth from shifting to preserve your alignment and bite. Straighter teeth are easier to clean, which can reduce plaque buildup to prevent cavities.
Bone loss is another drawback of losing natural teeth, as there are no tooth roots to stimulate bone growth. Implants act like tooth roots in replenishing jawbone tissue to keep your bone structure strong and healthy. This keeps your jaw and face from sagging.