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By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
January 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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, dental implantsaccording 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

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.

By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
January 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants are designed to restore the architecture of a natural tooth. Where cosmetic restorations like crowns, bridges and dental implantsdentures replace the part of a tooth that is visible above the gum line, an implant also replaces the root, which anchors the cosmetic crown in place and helps to preserve stability and healthy bone tissue in the gums. Dr. Paul David Epstein, a dentist in Burlington, MA, offers dental implants to qualified patients in good general health and with sufficient bone density in the gums.

Recover from Tooth Loss with Dental Implants in Burlington, MA

Dental implants replicate the anatomy of a natural tooth from root to crown. Dentists recommend implants for healthy adults with enough bone density in the gums to support an implant. Implants generally consist of three parts: the implant, which replaces the root, a cosmetic crown and an abutment that attaches the crown to the implant and secures it firmly in place.

The implant is made of a small, biocompatible titanium screw which fuses with the bone tissue in the gums through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration helps to anchor the implant in place and to prevent the erosion of surrounding bone tissue, a side effect of tooth loss. Bone loss can lead to oral health problems like inflammation and infections, and even tooth loss. Implants help to preserve healthy bone density and protect against the effects of periodontal disease.

Cosmetic Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are typically placed as a cap over a broken or severely decayed tooth or as part of a bridge, which require two abutment crowns on either side which are placed over the adjoining teeth to anchor the crown in place. In this case, the crown is attached directly to the implant, without the need for support from surrounding teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or an entire set of dentures with just a few implants.

Find a Dentist in Burlington, MA

Dental implants offer the next best thing to natural teeth. If you are missing one, several or all of your natural teeth, contact the office of Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C. by calling (781) 273-1152 to schedule an appointment today.