How Dental Implants Can Transform Your Smile
Want a healthier and brighter smile? Well, the use of dental implants for restorative procedures has come a long way in the last 40 years, according to the American Dental Association. One of the dental implant's most important uses is replacing missing teeth. If you're interested, your Burlington, MA, dentist, Dr. Paul Epstein, can help.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability, strength, and prevents the weakening and shrinkage of your jawbone. The dentist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post to the rest of your jaw bone.
Afterwards, the patient needs to come back to his or her dentist's office in Burlington so that they can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:
- A dental implant can restore one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth, therefore enhancing your whole smile
- They can restore bite and chewing function, as well as last a lifetime.
- Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and don't fall out of place.
Taking care of your dental implants
Brush your teeth and floss every day. When brushing your teeth, make sure to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes. Brush twice a day and floss once before bed, at lease.
Also, a change in diet may be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative dentistry.
If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentists in Burlington, MA, at (781) 273-1152.