Of all of the teeth replacement technologies that modern dentistry has devised, the dental implant is the one that best approximates the natural tooth structure. Here at Cedarwood Dental Care we provide implant restorations as one of our most popular teeth replacement services.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant begins with, as the name suggests, the implantation of a titanium post into the jawbone. This is done by an oral surgeon and usually takes between three and six months to fully osseointegrate or fuse with the bone. This post will mimic the function of the natural root of the missing tooth. When osseointegration has occurred, the patient is ready to have the new tooth placed.
The Implant Restoration
The restoration of the dental implant is the most visible aspect of the entire process. This is why the restoration, or crown, created must be artistically crafted to match your surrounding teeth for a natural look. The replacement tooth is custom made of high-quality porcelain, the most natural-looking substance for replacement teeth yet developed. Because the translucence of real teeth can be closely matched with porcelain, this substance reflects light in the same way as a natural tooth and most people will not be able to tell that you have had a tooth replacement at all. In fact, because dental implants are so much like real teeth, some patients report that they eventually forget that their implant is not a natural tooth! The aesthetic appeal of implant dentistry is why it so often is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Caring for Your Dental Implant
After the implant restoration is placed, care is the same as for your own natural teeth. Good oral hygiene habits, brushing and flossing at home, as well as keeping your regularly scheduled checkup and cleaning appointments is all that is needed. Dental implants can last for decades! If you have missing teeth and want to get the most natural look and feel in your tooth replacement, call Cedarwood Dental Care at (781) 286-1620 or request a consultation here. We look forward to seeing you smile!