Dental Implants Are the Longest Lasting Tooth Replacement Option

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
March 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

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.