Despite our best efforts to take care of our oral health, tooth loss sometimes happens. Extensive decay, gum disease, and oral injury are all too common causes of smile gaps. Dr. Hazem Wehbe and his professional colleagues, often recommend modern dental implants in their West Roxbury office. A dental implant replaces a missing tooth from root to crown, restoring natural smile aesthetics, function and jaw bone density. With these state-of-the-art prosthetics, tooth loss does not have to control your smile!
Exactly What Is a West Roxbury Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth directly placed into the jaw bone. It has three parts:
- A screw-like device made of titanium
- A metal alloy extension post
- A realistic porcelain crown
Your dentist in West Roxbury carefully evaluates patients to see if they are well-suited for implant placement. Through a complete oral examination and digital X-rays, he looks for good oral health (no gum disease or extensive decay), strong systemic health and adequate jaw bone density.
Also, Dr. Wehbe asks that his implant patients be diligent about brushing and flossing at home and with getting semi-annual check-ups and hygienic cleanings at the office. People who do not smoke make better candidates than individuals who use smokeless tobacco or smoke cigarettes.
What Is the Implant Process Like?
The oral surgery happens entirely in-house and typically requires nothing more than local anesthesia to numb the implant site. The dentist incises the gums and drills a very small pilot hole into the jaw bone. He inserts the implant device and stitches the area closed.
During the next several weeks, the jaw bone melds to the implant through a process dentists call osseointegration. It's the reason behind the high success rate of dental implants and avoids the bone and gum resorption common to conventional tooth replacement options such as fixed bridgework or partial dentures. The single tooth implant actually strengthens the jaw each time the patient exerts pressure on it.
At the next dental visit, the doctor bonds the extension post and custom-made porcelain crown in place. Then, the dental implant procedure is complete.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
If you receive a dental implant, expect a smile that looks, feels and functions just beautifully. You'll feel confident because your dental implant will look virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Also, you will bite and chew your food well--without the slippage or oral discomforts that can happen with partial dentures. Your gums and bone will remain strong for decades. In fact, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry says dental implants last a lifetime with regular at-home and in-office oral hygiene.
Additionally, if you have lost more than one tooth, ask Dr. Wehbe about implant-supported dentures and bridgework. Anchored on multiple implants, these prosthetics offer clear speech, great looks and strong oral function.
Would You Like to Know More?
Please contact Dr. Wehbe to see if dental implants could solve your tooth loss problem. Call (617) 323-5000 for an appointment today.
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