By Kevin M Brown, DMD, PC
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you considering replacing a missing tooth or teeth with dental implants? Our Ayer, MA, dentists--Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Erin Deedy-Lee, dental implantsand Dr. Kevin Guze--can tell you the benefits of this unique tooth restoration method.

Complete tooth restoration

No other restoration method allows you to replace both your roots and your crown (the part of the tooth visible above the gum line). Artificial crowns are attached to dental implants, screw-like posts placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. Implants serve as synthetic roots and provide a stable foundation for your crowns. Because dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that gradually bonds to bone, your new roots actually become a permanent part of your jawbone.

No impact on healthy teeth

Bridges, another common tooth restoration option, anchor artificial teeth between two crowns. Although bridges do offer an effective way to fill the gap in your smile, the teeth that will be covered with the crowns must be reduced in size to ensure a proper fit. When you choose dental implants, your other teeth won't be touched.

Your other teeth may tend to shift and overlap once you've lost a tooth. The problem can affect your appearance and make it difficult to remove plaque completely when you floss. Dental implants help prevent these issues by supporting adjoining teeth and preventing drifting.

A more comfortable choice

No matter how well your bridges or dentures fit, they may still feel a little out of place in your mouth. You may notice that it's more difficult to bite and chew harder foods in some cases, or you may suffer from painful irritation on your gums if your dentures slip. Dental implants eliminate these issues. They don't feel any different than your natural teeth and enable you to eat a variety of foods easily.

Easy care

Although no tooth restoration is completely maintenance free, dental implants require very little care, making them an ideal choice for people who have busy lives. Caring for them is a simple as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing carefully around the base of your crown, and visiting our Ayer office for regular checkups.

Would you like to find out if dental implants can restore your smile? Call our Ayer, MA, dentists at (978) 772-3747 to schedule an appointment.