Having missing teeth can be inconvenient in several ways. Not only does it hinder your usage of your teeth, but depending on the location of the gap, it can also affect your confidence. It can also have negative effects on the structure of your jaw and remaining natural teeth – the teeth that neighbor the gap can move along the gumline and shift into the empty space. If this happens, your bite could be affected. Because the underlying bone no longer has to support any teeth after they have been lost, it can start to recede, eventually changing your facial structure and making you appear older. Bridges and dentures can restore appearance and function fairly well, but dental implants offer a more stable and effective solution. Wilmington Dental Studio offers dental implants to restore smiles in Wilmington.
Dental implants are small titanium posts. While bridges and dentures simply sit on the gumline, implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone where they eventually act as tooth roots. A dental restoration can then be fixed onto the implants to not only restore function to the teeth, but to allow use that is very close to natural teeth.
In addition to being more stable, allowing for improved speech and eating, implants also:
More than one appointment to Wilmington Dental Studio will be needed to have dental implants placed. Your dentist will first ensure that you have sufficient bone structure in your jaw to support the implants. A bone graft can be performed to build it up, if needed. This will require an additional healing period.
To place the implants, a small incision will be made in the gumline over the site of the missing tooth or teeth (one implant can support more than one prosthetic). Your dentist will prepare the underlying bone, then insert the implant into place. The gum tissue will then be stitched closed over the implant and the site will be left for approximately four months. During this time, the implant will fuse into the bone through a process called osseointegration. At the end of this period, once your dentist has ensured that the implant is stable enough, the artificial tooth/teeth will be fixed to it. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can be expected to last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants, make an appointment at Wilmington Dental Studio in Wilmington. Apart from Wilmington we also offer our services in surrounding locations of Burlington, Billerica, Reading, Tewksbury, Andover, Woburn, Stoneham, and Wakefield. Visit us today!