If you’re missing a tooth, you know just how glaring that gap in your smile can be. Thankfully our team of dentists and prosthodontists can help. Countless people in the greater Boston, MA area have come to use for dental implants, artificial tooth roots that can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. Thanks to dental implants, tooth gaps can be filled with natural-looking teeth.
Numerous people consider getting dental implants after losing their front teeth. We’d like to consider why that may be a good option for your dental health and wellness.
Problems Caused by Missing Front Teeth
If you’re missing your front teeth, it can lead to cosmetic problems as well as issues that impact your dental health and general wellness.
In terms of the aesthetics of your smile, missing front teeth leave a noticeable gap. This tooth gap can leave you feeling extremely self-conscious about smiling, speaking, and laughing around others, including your family members. The tooth gap can even cause a speech impediment, or make it more difficult to say certain words. If you have a profession that involves a lot of public interaction, the tooth gap can potentially affect your career.
As far as dental health and general wellness goes, missing front teeth can make it much more difficult to eat certain foods. You may need to restrict yourself to a liquid food diet or soft foods only, which could have a negative impact on your nutrition. In addition, missing teeth will result in bone loss and gum recession along the gumline, which can affect the health of your remaining teeth.
Why Dental Implants Are a Good Option
Dental implants are a great option for missing teeth because they effectively address the cosmetic and health issues associated with tooth loss. The crowns or bridges supported by dental implants look totally natural even in a prominent position in your smile. They are stably anchored in place, meaning a false tooth is not likely to come loose and fall out. Dental implants also prevent bone loss and gum recession associated with tooth loss.
Ideal Candidates for Front Teeth Dental Implants
Good candidates for front tooth dental implants are people who have sufficient bone density and gum tissue along their tooth gap. They should be in good overall health to tolerate oral surgery and understand the cost of the procedure and the recovery process.
At Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group, we will assess your situation and discuss all of the risks and benefits of dental crowns with you in greater detail.
Oral Surgery and Recovery
To place dental implants, oral surgery is performed. During this procedure, the implant posts are anchored directly into the jawbone and gum tissue. Over the course of a few months, the existing jawbone tissue will fuse with the dental implants. This process is known as osseointegration. This leads to a stable hold and the ability for the implants to function like natural tooth roots would.
Crafting the Dental Appliance/Restoration
As the patient recovers from the oral surgery, the final dental appliance is created. This may be an individual dental crown, multiple dental crowns, or a dental bridge. Using dental records, old photos, and current impressions, a custom restoration will be created in a dental lab to perfectly fill the tooth gap and complement your existing smile.
Learn More About Dental Implants
To learn more about replacing missing teeth and helping you experience enhanced dental health, be sure to contact a skilled team of dentists and prosthodontists. The team at Boston Prosthodontics Dental Group is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (617) 523-5451.