The Uses of Dental Implants By James Stein on August 08, 2012

Boston Dental Implant CandidatesDental implants are a great solution to missing tooth replacement. They can be used to replace individual teeth or used to secure dentures or dental bridges. At Dr. James M. Stein's Boston cosmetic dentistry practice, you will find the latest treatments in dental implant restorations.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment is a restorative dentistry procedure used to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The dental implant is made of a metal post, usually titanium, which is surgically implanted within the tooth socket of the jaw. The jawbone is left to heal for six to 12 weeks. As the bone heals around the post, a secure bond is created. At this point, the implant is anchored within the jawbone to act like your own tooth root. Once healed, a prosthetic tooth, called a crown, is attached to the titanium post by a connector called an abutment; this step completes the dental implant treatment process.

The Other Uses of Dental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for replacing individual teeth but for those who are missing more than one tooth, implant-supported dentures or implant-supported bridges may be a better solution. Dental implants can be used to firmly secure a set of dentures within the mouth. Implant-supported dentures offer a great option for those who already have dentures. With implant-supported dentures, your dentures won't slip or move so you can talk and eat with confidence. Implant-supported bridges are another option in tooth replacement. These are best suited to those missing multiple teeth but not enough for a full set of dentures.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many benefits. Not only can they be used to replace individual teeth, but they can also be used to anchor dentures and dental bridges within the mouth. The largest benefit of dental implants is the confidence of knowing your teeth will stay in place. Here are some other points for our Boston restorative dentistry patients to keep in mind when deciding if dental implants are the right choice:

  • Cosmetically Pleasing: Dental implants are the best cosmetic choice for tooth restoration. They look and feel most like your natural teeth. The crowns used in dental implants are customized in size and shade to seamlessly fit with your surrounding teeth.
  • Secure Fit: Dental implants are anchored within the jawbone for a secure, permanent bond. When used in conjunction with dentures, dental implants prevent the dentures from slipping and sliding.
  • Durable: Dental implants are strong and will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
  • Comfortable Fit: Dental implants are comfortable and both feel and function just like your own teeth. They feel so natural, you'll forget you were ever missing any teeth.

Contact Dr. James M. Stein Today.

Restore your confidence with dental implants or implant-supported dentures. We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. James M. Stein today. We look forward to meeting all of your dental needs. We hope to see you soon.

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