We specialize in implant placement. According to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), dental implants have a success rate of 95% when placed by a dental specialist.
Although having a beautiful smile and the confidence that comes with that are important, there are also important health reasons to have dental implants. Whether replacing one tooth or several, implants are an important solution to restoring and maintaining dental health.
Once a tooth is lost, several things begin to happen that are not immediately noticeable to a patient and which can have a significant negative effect on both health and appearance. Tooth roots help hold teeth in place but they are also critical in maintaining health in the surrounding gums and supporting bone structures. Bone loss in the jawbone is one of the significant problems that naturally occurs once a tooth is lost. This bone loss can compromise the integrity of neighboring tooth roots and tooth stability. This bone loss is also a large part of what causes the “sunken” look that is seen in people who have lost several or all of their teeth. It is the reason patients who wear dentures find that over time their dentures are harder and harder to fit and keep in place.
Dental implants help maintain and strengthen bone structure. This means they do much more than replace the missing tooth – they also protect the existing teeth by helping to preserve bone structure.
Dental Implants in Holyoke, MA
Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants have become the viable treatment option to replace missing teeth and are now referred to as the standard of care for replacing missing or failing teeth. Acting as a substitute tooth root, the natural tissue in the bone bonds to the implant, forming a stable foundation for permanent replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants actually help preserve the bone by providing the stimulation that was previously provided by natural tooth roots. The implants are placed by a trained oral surgeon and after the implant heals, the crown of the implant is placed here at Oakdale Dental Associates, PC.
The Benefits and Importance of Dental Implants
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