Replacing missing teeth with dental implants in Leominster, MA area practice
Missing teeth impact the smile in more than one way. Not only can they cause patients to feel self-conscious about how they look, but it can also result in reduced chewing, biting, and speaking efficiency as well. When a patient does not immediately replace a missing tooth, it also causes shifting of the remaining teeth that results in the formation of gaps that might require orthodontic treatment to repair. Patients of the Leominster, MA community and beyond are strongly encouraged to book an appointment with the team at A & S Dental Wellness Center of Leominster to learn about tooth replacement options such as dental implants.
What are dental implants and how do they work?
The dental implant as a tooth root replacement. Made of titanium, this small post is placed during oral surgery. The jawbone is used as the foundation, and the implant is placed inside where the previous tooth once was. This stimulates the growth of the bone through osseointegration, which wraps around the restoration and holds it firmly in the jawbone. The abutment of the dental implant that is above the gumline is then restored using a bridge, denture, or crown, depending on the patient’s needs. These restorations look and function just like natural teeth, ensuring restored beauty and health.
Who is a candidate for a dental implant?
Dental implants do require patients to have a healthy smile free from cavities and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that can cause the shrinking of the jawbone. If a dental implant is placed when periodontal disease has not been controlled, it can cause the implant to fail. During an initial evaluation, x-rays are taken to determine candidacy for this or other treatment options.
What are full mouth dental implants?
Several implants can be placed along the gum line and used to hold a full denture in place. Implant-retained dentures are highly desirable for patients who struggle to keep their dentures functional.
Looking for missing teeth replacements?
Consider the benefits of dental implants. Our team provides single implants as well as full mouth dental implants with implant-retained dentures for new and current patients. Call A & S Dental Wellness Center of Leominster today at (978) 926-9010 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate.