Dental Implants in Boston
What are dental implants?
Our natural teeth consist of a root and a crown. And just like natural teeth, implant-supported replacement teeth, have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food) and both have a root which holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the root of an implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material that surgeons use for artificial joints. When you experience tooth loss, you lose both the root and the crown. Before replacing the crown, the root must first be replaced with a dental implant.
Dental implants are utilized to replace a missing tooth, multiple teeth, or in situations when teeth may be missing due to congenital issues. If an unhealthy tooth needs to be removed, depending upon each individual’s specific circumstances, implants may be placed immediately or after a few months for the bone to heal. After the implant is placed, the bone bonds with the titanium implant, creating a strong foundation for a crown. A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is secured on top of the abutment. In many cases, a temporary crown is attached to the dental implant immediately after it is placed. If multiple teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.
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As a Prosthodontist, Dr. Steven D. Spitz has the training and experience to ensure that your smile will look and feel just like natural teeth. Using the latest technologies, the professionals at Smileboston are able to ensure optimal function and aesthetics of dental implants.