Dental Implants in Quincy, MA
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If you are considering the replacement of adult missing teeth with dental implants in Quincy, MA, an evaluation appointment with Dr. Thomas Mone is highly recommended. It is important for you to know the basics of implants in order to make an informed decision about your options for replacing adult missing teeth.
There are three parts to the dental implant procedure: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown. First, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Next, an abutment is attached to the implant. Finally, the crown is attached to the abutment.
Once the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone, a process called osseointegration occurs. Osseointegration is the process of the implant fusing to the bone. This can take several months before the fusion is complete and ready for the permanent crown. A temporary tooth replacement may be used during this time for aesthetics.
One of the benefits of using dental implants when replacing adult missing teeth is that the implant acts similarly to the natural root of a tooth. Bone tends to resorb in the areas of adult missing teeth. With an implant replacing the root structure, this resorption does not tend to occur.
Other options for replacing adult missing teeth include fixed bridges or removable dental appliances. Neither of these options replace the root structure in the jaw bone. The jaw bone will likely resorb, especially with removable appliances which can place undue stress on the top, or ridge, of the jaw bone.
There are other consequences when considering a fixed bridge or removable dental appliance for replacing adult missing teeth. With fixed bridges, the adjacent teeth will have to be drilled down to accommodate the bridge. With removable appliances, undue stress can be placed on the adjacent teeth and the ridge of the jaw bone.
Both fixed and removable appliances often need to be repaired or replaced after years of use. Implants, on the other hand, can last a lifetime if maintained properly. Fixed and removable appliances can be more expensive in the long run when you consider the cost of replacement and repairs.
Dental implants are often the best long term treatment for adult missing teeth. Dr. Mone is trained and experienced with dental implants in Quincy, MA. Schedule your evaluation with Dr. Mone to see if implants are the best treatment option to replace your adult missing teeth.