Are you suffering with tooth loss? If so, you are probably wondering what your tooth replacement options are. After losing teeth, patients should consider their options and see a dentist for treatment as soon as possible. Once teeth are lost, the body tends to resorb bone mass in the jaw, which will affect the shape of the mouth along with a patient’s treatment options. For the most lifelike and natural looking option, we recommend dental implants. If you are curious as to whether you are a candidate for implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. The bone mass surrounding the implant will eventually fuse to its titanium structure, stabilizing it in place. Once the implant is stable, a crown is attached to the post to replace the biting surface of a missing tooth. Depending on the materials used, crowns can appear very natural looking.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidates for dental implants should have good oral health with no signs of periodontal disease or bone loss. Patients receiving implants need to be healthy enough for oral surgery. Since there is a recovery period and oral surgery involved, patients must abstain from tobacco use.
Are dental implants removed like dentures?
No, unlike dentures, traditional dental implants are not removed. Implants are anchored permanently in the jawbone to replace the structure of a lost tooth’s roots. Patients with implants will floss and brush their prosthetics just like their natural teeth.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants typically last at least two decades, if not longer. Some patients enjoy their replacement teeth for a lifetime.
If you have lost teeth, we invite you to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our dental team. At your appointment, we will determine the best course of action to help you reclaim your oral health and restore your appearance. To learn more, contact the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor at 781-935-8810.