How Dental Implants Restore a Healthy Smile

Dental ImplantsTooth loss is a common problem that most of us think will never happen to us. Only the elderly lose their teeth! Tooth loss is an age problem, not an oral health problem. Believing these theories could mean that tooth loss will be a huge surprise, if it does happen to you. And, if you think that you have to be “old” to lose your teeth, you may also think that dentures or a bridge are the only options for restoring your smile to optimal condition. Let’s look at some new ideas.

A Journey through Time

When you think about your childhood, you may recognize that you do things much differently today. Society as a whole has evolved. For instance, we text on our cell phones from pretty much anywhere, rather than having to find a pay phone to make a call. The changes that have taken place over time extend into just about every aspect of life, including dental care. Just 100 years ago, it was not viewed as uncommon to have missing teeth – several of them! Those who were fortunate enough to obtain dental care for missing teeth were more than likely treated with dentures made up of porcelain or teeth taken from animals (or possibly humans). Today, dentures are outdated. For the ultimate results, more patients are turning to dental implants.

The Implant Difference

Like dentures and bridgework, dental implants are used in tooth replacement treatment. The difference, though, is that implants are not focused on what you see. Instead, they are focused on what lies beneath the gums. Without roots, teeth would not be tethered to the jawbone. This means they would not be stable, similarly to how dentures are difficult to stabilize. Dental implants are what stand in for natural roots. They are what provide the firm foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth to function properly. Additionally, as stand-in roots, implants continue the important task of stimulating bone growth in the jaw, which prevents premature facial aging.

Tooth loss can be a detriment to your smile and your sense of confidence, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact our Wellesley office at (781) 772-1646 to learn more about dental implants.

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