Whether you have lost just one tooth, or most of them, your Bedford, MA, dentist knows how to secure a replacement tooth (or teeth) with dental implants. Not only do they look natural, they could preserve your facial structure and maybe last an entire lifetime! In today’s blog, let’s look at the options we provide for varying stages of tooth loss.
A Single Lost Tooth
A dental implant consists of three main parts. The new root is a screw-like post crafted from titanium, a biocompatible material. We insert the post into the jawbone with oral surgery. There, it bonds with the bone tissue through osseointegration. For a single missing tooth, once we insert the implant and osseointegration occurs, we attach an abutment to secure a crown. The dental crown will be custom-made to look natural, preserve the balance of your bite, and also provide a durable chewing surface. You will be able to smile with confidence again! In addition, the implants stimulate then growth of jawbone issue, preventing further tooth loss or negative changes to facial structure.
Minor Tooth Loss
What if you have more than one missing tooth? If you have three to four missing teeth in a row, then we may suggest a bridge instead of placing four individual implant posts. We will take detailed impressions and digital scans of your smile, using the images and measurements to design a bridge that looks natural and fits comfortably. We craft them from durable materials, such as ceramic, which can also be color-matched to blend with the smile. The bridge will contain your new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. After we insert the dental implants, we attach the crowns to them. The resulting bridge will last much longer than a traditional one!
Total Tooth Loss
If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, then we can extract the few remaining ones and insert between six and eight dental implants per arch. Afterward, we design and create a custom-made set of dentures, and attach them to the implants with abutments. You then enjoy a full set of teeth that never slips when you eat or speak, and doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning or soaking. They can also last much longer than removable dentures, often a lifetime in some cases! If you have any questions about tooth replacement with implant technology, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Missing Teeth?
Our team wants to help address minor or even severe cases of tooth loss with strong, secure, and dependable dental implants. To learn more about the process of ensuring you maintain a full smile once more, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.