"Adults between 20 to 64 years old have 24.92 teeth left", on average, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The number of teeth lost grows significantly as the patient's age increases. Dentures provide you with a way to cover up gaps in the smile, but they aren’t a non-removable, permanent solution for tooth loss. The better option may be to rebuild your smile with dental implants, which give you more security when chewing and talking. This treatment is available at Riley Dental Associates, LLC in Boston, MA, by Dr. Edwin Riley, III, Dr. Edwin Riley, IV, and Dr. Rita Han.
The Value of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an investment in the future of your oral health. Consider how valuable each of your natural teeth are to the long-term stability of your smile. Whenever possible, your dentist will want to preserve them. After unavoidable tooth loss, implants help restore your ability to chew thoroughly, smile comfortably, talk normally, and maintain healthy bone tissue. This should help you understand why dental implants are so valuable to patients who have missing teeth.
Rebuilding Your Smile with Dental Implants
When your Boston, MA, dentist has successfully placed a dental implant, it becomes a substitute tooth root that can be used to anchor a crown. The crown is a restorative device that can be manufactured to look exactly like your original tooth, if not better. An implant can also be used as an anchor for a denture device (full or partial). It is key to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss in a lasting way—there’s no need to remove or replace an implant device once it has bonded with the jawbone.
How Dental Implants Are Installed
Your dentist drills a small area in the jawbone to make room for the implant, which has screw-like ridges and is made of biocompatible material. It is designed to make the osseointegration process as easy as possible. Once the implant is positioned, the gums are sutured closed and allowed to heal over a course of months. The implantation appointment will likely only take about an hour or so. It’s a relatively short visit for results that will last for years.
Ask Your Dentist for Advice
If you have concerns or questions about getting dental implants, consult a dentist at Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA. Call 617-723-4032 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riley, III, Dr. Riley, IV, or Dr. Han!
It’s never too late to get a straighter smile thanks to Invisalign from our Boston office
Chances are good that you’ve heard of Invisalign, the clear way to fix your misaligned or crooked smile. Invisalign is designed for older teens and adults who want to get a straighter smile without having to wear visible braces. Here in Boston, our dentists, Dr. Edwin Riley, III, Dr. Edwin Riley, IV, and Dr. Rita Han, understand how important it is to both have a healthy smile and feel confident in your appearance. At this intersection, Invisalign comes in.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses custom-made aligners that fit like whitening trays over your teeth to shift teeth into the proper alignment. Each aligner is designed based off which teeth need to move during the course of your treatment and exactly how much they should move.
From there, the aligners are made to fit tightly over the teeth to apply the appropriate amount of pressure needed to gradually move teeth around. Each aligner is worn for around 22 hours each day and is replaced every two weeks.
What are the benefits of getting Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign is a unique orthodontic treatment, and therefore it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it also offers some unique benefits. These benefits include,
- Nearly invisible treatment: Instead of sporting metal on your teeth, you’ll wear aligners made from transparent thermoplastic, which makes them less visible when you smile or speak.
- Correcting many smile issues: While Invisalign might not be ideal for handling more complex tooth movements, it is ideal if you are looking to correct crowding, spacing between teeth, minor overlapping, or malocclusions such as overbites and underbites.
- A comfortable treatment: Aligners are custom-made to fit your mouth and offer smooth edges so that they are less likely to cause gum irritation as compared to traditional metal braces.
- Faster treatment with fewer dentist visits: On average, an adult can get a straighter smile in about one year with Invisalign. During your treatment, you will only have to come into the office about every six weeks rather than the standard four weeks with traditional braces.
- Ultimate convenience: Since aligners are removable, this means that you can continue to brush, floss, and maintain good oral health during your treatment. Furthermore, you can also continue to eat all of your favorite foods without restrictions. Just remove your aligners before meals and enjoy!
If you want to find out more about Invisalign and whether you are an ideal candidate for treatment, call Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA, at (617) 723-4032 to schedule a consultation with us.
Do you have missing teeth? Do you want to rejuvenate your smile? Riley Dental Associates, L.L.C. can help you out! Here at our Boston, MA, office, we replace missing teeth by providing tried and true dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are synthetic tooth-like structures that replace missing tooth roots. These oral installations are state-of-the-art and the installation process is simple:
- Your dentist applies local anesthesia to the problem area in the jawbone before placing a titanium post into it. The titanium post is biocompatible, so your body will not reject it.
- Your dentist surgically seals the area and gives you a temporary crown so you can go about your regular activities.
- The titanium post will need to osseointegrate, which takes three to six months. This process simply means the titanium post will fuse with the bone, giving your teeth support and strength.
- When the three to six months pass, you will go back to your dentist. They will re-open the area and attach both an abutment and a permanent crown that matches the rest of your teeth.
You'll then walk out of our Boston office with a new smile! However, the advantages of implants go beyond a pretty smile. The procedure has a high success rate and can last a lifetime.
Other advantages include:
- Not having to worry about biting into and chewing your favorite foods
- They don't slip out of place like dentures, making them both comfortable and practical
- They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
Caring For Dental Implants
Implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth and caring for them isn't difficult—it's the standard oral regimen of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once before bed while also maintaining a healthy diet. It's also a good idea to avoids sugary foods that produce plaque, a substance which leads to cavities, or something worse, like periodontal disease. In lieu of these foods, eat things like apples or carrots, that'll scrape off plaque from teeth, and remember to drink plenty of water to eliminate as much food debris as possible.
Call Riley Dental Associates at (617) 723-4032 to schedule your consultation at our Boston, MA, office!
Dentures are common tooth replacement devices, but they don’t always give patients the assurance they need when eating, talking, and smiling. Dental implants give patients much more comfort and convenience, which is why as many as 450,000 are placed each year according to statistics published in the Journal of the California Dental Association. Ask a dentist at Riley Dental Associates, LLC in Boston, MA about dental implants today!
Managing Tooth Loss
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one missing tooth. Over a quarter of patients over 74 have complete tooth loss. Losing a tooth is hard on patients in a number of ways. It affects their self-confidence and makes them embarrassed in social settings. Tooth loss might also discourage a patient from observing good oral hygiene habits. It sometimes makes it impossible for a patient to enjoy certain foods. Instead of attempting to ignore this problem, and thereby causing further harm to your mouth, manage the issue with your dentist: consider a dental implant or implant-supported dentures.
Dental Implants Can Help
Whether you’re missing one tooth or an entire row, dental implants can help. Implants are small screw-like posts that are made of titanium—a biocompatible metal material. After an implant is inserted into the jaw bone, healthy bone tissue grows around it and holds it down. With a new “tooth root” in place, an attractive custom crown can be attached to fill the smile gap. If there are multiple gaps, your Boston, MA, dentist can create a specialty denture that attaches to the implants.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
A dental implant will last as long as your natural teeth do, given that you practice good oral hygiene. That includes the following:
- Flossing away food particles from around the implant to avoid the possibility of plaque build-up.
- Maintaining the stability of the dental implant and crown by wearing a protective mouth guard.
- Keeping your bone tissue healthy by eating plenty of calcium-rich foods and beverages.
Schedule a Dental Implant Consultation
Dental implants or an implant-supported device can restore your missing teeth and give you back the confidence you may have lost regarding your smile. Call 617-723-4032 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edwin Riley III, Dr. Edwin Riley IV, or Dr. Rita Han at Riley Dental Associates, LLC in Boston, MA.
In the past, straightening your smile with orthodontic care was no discreet task. With traditional methods, metal brackets and wires permanently attached to the teeth were the only option to achieve a straight and beautiful smile. However, Invisalign allows you to subtly correct your orthodontic issues without the need for metal braces. Find out more about Invisalign and how it can help you with Dr. Edwin Riley, III, Dr. Edwin Riley, IV, or Dr. Rita Han at Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign works by using clear, plastic aligner trays to slowly move the teeth into new positions to provide a straighter smile and correct bite issues. Invisalign’s trays are customized to each patient’s teeth, ensuring the trays fit perfectly into their mouth. The trays come in a series with each tray slightly different from the last. Patients wear each tray for about two weeks before moving on to the next until the end of their treatment.
Straightening Your Smile Discreetly With Invisalign
Invisalign’s design allows it to be almost invisible and removable, two seriously beneficial aspects of this treatment. Traditional braces use metal wires and brackets permanently affixed to the teeth throughout the treatment. Invisalign’s trays simply pop in and out of the mouth to eat or brush your teeth, ensuring that you do not need to take any extra steps to eat the foods you love or properly clean your teeth. Though patients should wear Invisalign for at least 20 hours a day, they can also be removed for special occasions like the prom or giving a speech.
Invisalign Treatments in Boston, MA
Orthodontists recommend Invisalign for patients over the age of 12 since younger patients’ still-growing mouths may hinder treatment. In some cases, younger children may begin treatment early, but this varies from patient to patient. If you think you could benefit from Invisalign, speak with your dentist to ensure that this is the best treatment option for you and your teeth.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Edwin Riley, III, Dr. Edwin Riley, IV, or Dr. Rita Han at Riley Dental Associates in Boston, MA. Call (617) 723-4032 to schedule your appointment with your Riley Dental Associates dentist today!
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