Losing permanent teeth, either through an accident or natural causes, is a difficult, stressful situation. But Dr. Alaa AlWazzan DMD PC and the team at Quincy DMD have years of experience helping patients find just the right treatment for missing teeth, and our expertise means you can be back to a beautiful, fully functioning smile in no time.
One excellent, long-term solution for missing teeth is dental implants. The reason why is because they can restore the look, health, and functionality that your original teeth offered.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are one of the most popular and premanent solutions to missing teeth, and is what Dr. Alaa AlWazzan recommends as the best option. Dental implants are customized teeth replacements made specifically for your mouth, and can fully restore your smile whether you are missing one tooth or many. Implants are made up of a titanium post, which functions like the root, and a dental crown which looks and feels natural. Unlike dentures, implants are a durable, permanent solution to missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants. As mentioned above, implants look and function like your natural teeth; there is no extra difficulty when eating with them or cleaning them. Most importantly, however, implants perform the same functions as your natural teeth in promoting and maintaining bone growth and density in your jaw.
Without a natural tooth or implant replacement, your body will stop creating new bone material in your jaw and will even reabsorb some of the existing bone. When this happens, your face can start to look collapsed or sunken, and eventually, eating and speaking abilities may also be affected. But when you receive dental implants, your bone will fuse to the titanium post, allowing it to integrate with your body, and whenever you bite and chew, the movement of that post will stimulate the surrounding bone. This encourages bone growth and creates a healthy support system for your teeth.
What can I expect during an implant procedure?
Placing dental implants is a surgical procedure and will generally happen while you are under anesthesia. First, we’ll place the titanium post in your jawbone, in the same place that your natural root once was. Then, we will attach the custom, tooth-shaped cap to the post, either during this procedure or at a later time when the post has had a chance to integrate. This cap is sculpted and colored to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth.
Recovery time after a dental implant procedure is quick; you’ll be back to your normal day to day activities soon after the procedure. Just be aware that the implanted root will need time to fuse with your bone structure in order to become totally secure.
What should I be aware of before deciding to receive dental implants?
Dental implants are not an option for everyone. In order for your jawbone to fuse correctly with the implant, you’ll need to have enough bone mass before the procedure. We suggest getting an implant as soon as possible after you’ve lost a permanent tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely your bone has started to be reabsorbed back into your body. However, even if you have started to lose you natural bone, we can perform procedures before the implants are placed to augment the bone, including a bone graft or a sinus lift.
If you are interested in receiving dental implants in Quincy, MA, request an appointment today for your initial examination. We at Quncy DMD will be glad to answer any of your questions and to help you determine whether dental implants are right for you.