Dental Implants Keep Your Smile Healthy
Dental implants offer an excellent way to replace a missing tooth, but they also provide valuable dental health benefits. Dr. Paul Epstein, your Burlington, MA, dentist at Paul David Epstein, D.M.D., & Associates, P.C., explains how dental implants keep your smile healthy.
Dental implants replace your roots
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants replace your entire tooth from the root to the crown. The loss of a tooth can be particularly devastating because the roots no longer provide the constant stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy. Without constant pressure from your roots, your jawbone begins to shrink and weaken. Eventually, facial sagging and further tooth loss can occur.
After your Burlington dentist places the implant in your jaw, it begins to bond to the bone. After three to six months, bonding is complete, and your implant takes over the role your roots once performed. Your new implant is now ready to provide a stable foundation for the crown, the artificial tooth that replaces the visible part of your tooth.
Dental implants help keep your teeth straight
Have you ever taken a crayon out of the package and noticed that the other crayons don't remain completely upright any longer? It's the same principle when you lose a tooth. Your teeth work together as a unit and help support each other. When one tooth is lost, the other teeth begin to drift toward the opening.
Eventually, your teeth begin to overlap after you lose a tooth. Overlapping can affect your appearance and cause bite issues if your upper and lower teeth no longer meet perfectly. It's also difficult to clean cavity-causing plaque from your teeth when they overlap. Unfortunately, if you can't remove plaque efficiently, you'll increase your risk of tooth decay.
When you choose a dental implant, surrounding teeth will remain straight and healthy. Flossing and brushing will be much easier, and you won't experience any of the painful or uncomfortable symptoms of bite issues.
Dental implants offer the perfect solution no matter how many teeth you've lost. Call Dr. Epstein, your Burlington, MA, dentist at Paul David Epstein, D.M.D., & Associates, P.C., at (781) 273-1152 to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants. Keep your smile healthy with implants!