Losing one or more of your teeth means that you are unable to speak or eat as easily as you always had, and you are concerned that the loss may have additional effects on your dental health. Furthermore, tooth loss is one of the most serious aesthetic problems, often preventing you from smiling and causing discomfort in social situations. If you are looking for a simple yet highly effective tooth replacement solution, speak with our dentist, Dr. John Blatz, about dental implants in Brockton, MA.
At Massasoit Dental Associates, we utilize the most advanced equipment and techniques to provide tooth loss patients with dental implants to help restore their smiles to perfection. One common question that we hear from many patients is, “What exactly is a dental implant?”
Dental implants are replacement teeth that are surgically implanted into your gums. Although more expensive than other options, they feel much more natural than dentures or bridges.
Although the outcome of the procedure is similar, there are currently two main types of dental implants available:
Endosteal Implants: The metal screw is placed directly into the jawbone. After the surrounding gum tissue has healed, the artificial tooth is placed on top of the metal screw and secured in place.
Subperiosteal Implants: The metal screw is not placed directly into the jawbone, but rather placed on or above the jawbone. After letting the gums heal, the artificial tooth is placed on top of the metal screw and secured in place. This type of implant is more applicable for individuals with shallow jawbones who cannot undergo endosteal implants.
Depending on the type of dental implant the surgery will vary slightly but overall, there are only two pieces to the puzzle: First, a metal screw is inserted in the area of the missing tooth to serve as a foundation. We work with a dedicated specialist who places and secures the implant in your gums. The implant remains in the affected area for approximately 3 months, giving your gums the chance to heal, as you go about your business as per usual. After the 3-month period, you return to our office and we place the artificial tooth onto the visible portion of the implant, generally in the form of a crown, bridge or denture.
The next questions that is often asked is, “How successful are implant procedures?” Today, dental implants experience a success rate of greater than 95%. With proper care and maintenance, including regular at-home care and routine dental checkups, you can enjoy the benefits of your replacement teeth for more than 40 years.
Although they both help give you back your smile after having lost teeth, these two solutions are very different. Firstly, dental implants act as a totally new tooth as it is secured into your jawbone whereas dentures are secured onto adjacent teeth. Because of this, partial dentures have the ability, and tendency, to slip from its foothold and reveal your missing teeth as well as feel uncomfortable. Dentures can also have an impact on your adjacent teeth as it puts pressure on them to hold your dentures in place which could damage your natural teeth. With dental implants being its own individual tooth, its structure is exactly like your other teeth. It does not need to depend on other factors to stay in place, feel comfortable, and be used to eat, speak, and smile effectively. However, keep in mind that there is no one solution for every mouth, so in some cases, dentures are the better fit depending on your situation. Please be sure to check out our dentures services for more information.
Before getting implants you may be wondering if there are certain drawbacks to getting the implants, with one of them being whether having implants will affect an MRI or not. The metal screw part of the implant is typically made from titanium. As titanium is not a ferrous metal and therefore not magnetic, it should have no effect on an MRI. Regardless, it is advised to always consult your doctors first before undergoing any medical procedure.
Although rare there are some cases where a removal is required for safety reasons, such as infections or improper placement of implants, or requested by the patient. Regardless the removal of dental implants is possible and can be easily performed by a dentist trained in surgery. This procedure is done much more quickly than the implant procedure, and the only thing to worry about is what to do after the removal is complete.
We are always open to new patients, so please give a read of our new patient information so you can get to know us a little better. If you would like to learn more about our approach to dental implants in Brockton, MA, Massasoit Dental Associates is only one call away, (508) 583-0103. Our professional team of dentists will be glad to provide you with a detailed initial consultation and ensure that you have everything you need to begin the process of restoring your beautiful smile!