Your dentist, Dr. John Burns, places dental implants for his Hingham, MA, patients who desire today's best tooth replacements. The dental implant is composed of an artificial root, metal post and porcelain crown. Dental implants are one of the best treatments to restore your smile.
What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium metal screw inserted into the jaw where a natural tooth once stood. Titanium attracts bone cells through a process dentists term osseointegration. The jawbone and implant fuse together, providing a strong foundation for later attachment of a post and crown. Dental implants also anchor bridges and even full dentures.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that dentists in the United States place about five million implants every year. An implant remains functional with good oral hygiene habits and regular in-office exams and cleanings.
The long-term benefits of dental implants
Your dentist recommends dental implants to patients who have lost teeth because of gum disease, injury to the mouth (as in a car accident), dental abscess or advanced decay. He carefully evaluates their medical histories and jaw bone size and density.
Once placed, the implant takes several weeks or months to integrate. Then, it can be restored with the porcelain crown. Each time the patient chews on his or her new tooth, the jaw bone is strengthened. This benefit is unique to dental implants.
Other long term benefits include:
- Realistic appearance and stable biting and chewing
- Simple oral hygiene routines (brush and floss as usual, and come to Dr. Burns office for a cleaning and exam semi-annually)
- Improved facial contours
- Efficient biting and chewing
- Natural teeth held in good alignment
New teeth that last
That's what dental implants are. If you're ready for a gap-free smile, contact Dr. John Burns, your dentist in Hingham. During a friendly consultation, he'll give you all the details you need. Phone the office for (781) 749-6750.