In the previous post, we explored the implications of gum disease and the available treatment options to restore gum health. However, in some cases, advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss. In this post, we will discuss what happens when one or more teeth are lost due to gum disease and introduce dental implants as an ideal solution for restoring your smile.
With healthy gums as the foundation, dental implants offer a durable and aesthetically pleasing option to replace missing teeth at Dental Partners of Boston.
The Impact of Tooth Loss on Oral Health
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can have significant consequences on your oral health and overall well-being. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may shift out of alignment, leading to bite problems and potential jaw joint issues. Moreover, the underlying jawbone that once supported the tooth may begin to deteriorate due to lack of stimulation from chewing. This bone resorption can alter your facial structure and compromise the stability of neighboring teeth.
Dental Implants: A Natural and Long-Lasting Solution
Dental implants are widely regarded as the gold standard for tooth replacement due to their exceptional durability and lifelike appearance. A dental implant consists of three parts:
- Implant Post: This titanium screw is surgically inserted into the jawbone, where it acts as an artificial tooth root. Over time, the implant post fuses with the bone, providing a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.
- Abutment: Once the implant post has integrated with the jawbone, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant. The abutment serves as a connector between the implant post and the final restoration.
- Dental Restoration: The dental restoration, often a dental crown, is custom-made to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. It is securely affixed to the abutment, completing the dental implant process.
The Dental Implant Process
- Evaluation and Planning: Dr. Guzman will carefully assess your oral health and jawbone structure to determine if dental implants are a suitable option for you. Advanced imaging techniques, such as 3D cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), will help in the precise planning of your implant placement.
- Implant Placement: Under local anesthesia, the titanium implant post will be surgically placed into the jawbone. Over the next few months, the post will osseointegrate (fuse with the bone), providing a stable anchor for the restoration.
- Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, a minor surgical procedure will expose the implant post, and the abutment will be attached.
- Dental Restoration: The final step involves attaching the custom-made dental crown to the abutment, restoring the appearance, function, and feel of a natural tooth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Enhanced Aesthetics: Dental implants closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, providing a seamless and beautiful smile.
- Improved Function: With dental implants, you can enjoy eating and speaking with confidence, as they offer stability and comfort similar to natural teeth.
- Bone Preservation: Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
- Longevity: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective long-term solution.
Dental Partners of Boston
At Dental Partners of Boston, we understand the emotional and functional impact of tooth loss due to gum disease. Dental implants offer a transformative solution to restore your smile’s beauty, function, and overall oral health.
If you’ve experienced tooth loss or are seeking a durable and natural-looking tooth replacement option, contact us for an appointment. Dr. Guzman will explore whether dental implants are the right solution for you. With healthy gums and advanced dental implant technology, we are committed to helping you regain a confident smile that lasts a lifetime.