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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.