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Dental implants restore missing teeth and can last your entire life with proper care. Your Burlington, MA, dentist, Dr. Paul David Epstein, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with this innovative restoration method.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are combined with crowns to create brand new, fully functioning teeth. Implants look like tiny screws and serve as synthetic replacement roots. After they're placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery, they begin to bond to the bone.
The bonding process usually takes about three to six months. When your implants are fully bonded, they're connected to dental crowns that will replace the visible parts of your teeth. No matter how many teeth you've lost, you can benefit from implants. Implant-supported bridges and dentures replace multiple missing teeth and offer excellent comfort and biting power.
Why is bonding so important?
Bonding, called osseointegration, ensures that your dental implants are securely attached to your jawbone, just like your natural tooth roots. Once bonding occurs, your implants become a permanent part of your jaw. In most cases, dental implants never need to be replaced and offer an excellent long-term restoration option. (The crowns attached to your implants will need to be replaced approximately every 10 to 15 years or as soon they begin to show signs of wear.)
Implants are one of the most cost-effective restoration methods when you consider lifetime costs.
Is it difficult to care for dental implants?
Brushing and flossing, two things you already do, keep your dental implants in good condition. If you're only an occasional flosser now, you'll need to commit to daily flossing. Flossing around the base of your crown helps you avoid infections that could loosen your new implant. Fortunately, infections are easy to avoid simply by following good oral hygiene practices and visiting your dentist every six months for checkups.
Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your dentist in Burlington, MA, Dr. Epstein, at (781) 273-1152 to schedule an appointment.
In some cases, a minor procedure like a professional teeth whitening treatment is all that it takes to drastically improve your smile. If you're unhappy with the look of your teeth, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Paul Epstein, offers teeth whitening and other general dentistry services at our office in Burlington, MA. Read on to learn more about what this treatment can do for you!
Professional Teeth Whitening from our Burlington Office
Even if you take great care of your teeth and practice solid oral hygiene, there are a number of factors that can stain and discolor your teeth over time. You probably know that common food/drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, and sauces can all stain your teeth. Additionally, if you smoke or use tobacco products, not only will it show up on your teeth in the form of yellow and brown stains, but your risk for oral and general health problems will be higher as well. Investing in a professional teeth whitening treatment can be a great incentive to finally quit smoking for good!
In fact, a professional whitening treatment can jump-start your oral hygiene and get you back on track with your routine dental care if it's been a while since you've been to the dentist. Professional teeth whitening treatments use a highly concentrated bleaching agent that isn't available over-the-counter, and it comes in two options: an in-office session (which delivers results right away) or an at-home treatment. The in-office option is performed in around an hour by our cosmetic dentist, while the at-home version allows you to apply the treatment on your own time using custom trays over the course of a few weeks.
Interested? Give Us a Call
For more information about professional teeth whitening and our services, contact our Burlington office today by calling (781) 273-1152 to schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Epstein.