Dental implants are now the generally preferred tooth replacement treatment over partial dentures and fixed bridges. Traditional treatments either rest on your gums, as with removable dentures or rely upon adjacent teeth to serve as anchors for fixed bridges. We place dental implants into the jaw bone, offering a successful, long-term replacement option. Did you know an estimated 69% of adults ages 35-44 have lost a minimum of one tooth to either injury, decay, or gum disease? Moreover, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all their permanent teeth. We encourage patients to learn about the dental implant procedure and how implants can improve their smile after treatment in our Concord and Lexington, MA offices.
Implant-Secured Dentures and Bridges
Dental technology now offers alternatives to the traditional methods of tooth replacement: dentures and fixed bridges, which are associated with increased complications over time. Removable dentures cause bone loss which impacts facial structure and can loosen or alter denture fit. Improperly fitting dentures can make embarrassing clicking sounds when eating or talking. Fixed bridges are placed by grinding down remaining adjacent teeth, also known as abutments, making these healthy teeth more susceptible to damage. Despite long-term complications, these treatments are still safe and viable.
The Dental Implant Procedure in Lexington, MA
Research indicates that dental implants yield better long-term results for tooth replacement. Titanium implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone, where the implant fuses with the existing natural bone in a process called osseointegration. Properly integrated implants do not slip or make embarrassing noises and are more difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. Because they mirror tooth and root structure, implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss, while their titanium composition makes them resistant to decay. These factors contribute to the long-term success of dental implants and subsequent overall oral health.
Dental implant technology has been around for over 30 years. Technology continues to develop and improve, but it has also stood the test of time! Patients who received implants in the ’80s and ’90s continue to report the optimum functionality of their implants. Dental implants are a life-long solution for missing teeth with proper care and hygiene.
Rejuvenate Your Smile
Are you missing permanent teeth? Consider dental implants and implant-supported restorations. Receive professional care in our Lexington or Concord office. Call our Lexington office at 781.384.5892 and our Concord office at 978.391.6081.