How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Missing Teeth
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.