Quincy, MA area dentist offers permanent treatment for missing teeth: dental implants
When missing teeth are a problem, it is essential that patients in Quincy, MA work with a dental provider who offers a variety of solutions. Dental implants are just one of several treatment options that can be used to replace teeth and is also one of the most popular for many reasons.
What is a dental implant?
Dr. Stephen Matarazzo describes a dental implant as a titanium tooth replacement that is placed into the bone of the jaw and stimulates the process of bone growth called osseointegration. When this occurs, it holds the implant in place, so it can be a strong and steady foundation for restorations including:
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Full dentures
Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option and are also one of the most versatile. These restorations are used in many smiles to achieve denture stabilization, anchor a dental bridge, or replace a single tooth with an implant and crown. Because there are so many ways to use them, patients are encouraged to ask if they will work for their specific situation.
Dental implants have been used for many decades and are one of the most requested solutions, because they provide a variety of benefits.
- Dental implants allow patients to maintain the bone of the jaw and avoid the “shrunken in” appearance that can often occur with years of denture wearing.
- Dental implants are strong and stable, allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods without worry of their restorations from shifting or loosening.
- Dental implants are easy to care for and can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
- Dental implants are a permanent option as they can last a lifetime.
- Dental implants look just like the natural teeth when restored by our team of professionals.
- Dental implants are highly successful when the dentist plans the oral surgery out precisely for placement.
What is required to be considered a candidate for dental implants?
Most patients with enough bone structure in the jaw are considered appropriate candidates for dental implants. We welcome patients to find out for sure by calling our office and booking a consultation appointment and evaluation with our team. Dr. Stephen Matarazzo can evaluate the bone by taking x-rays and checking the patient’s oral health and wellness. Patients considered for dental implants must have an overall healthy smile and be committed to maintaining their routine dental appointments. This reduces the chance of problems within the mouth and the chance of bone loss that can cause implants to become loose and unstable.
What are some tips for the care and maintenance of dental implants?
Dental implants, when integrated into the smile, can be easy to care for. Patients should practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing after every meal. Patients are encouraged to quit smoking and stop bad habits such as chewing on hard foods that can break the restoration over a dental implant. Additionally, patients should visit their dentist every six months to monitor oral health and wellness and check the implant. The longevity and overall success of a dental implant relies heavily on one’s oral hygiene habits. By maintaining routine appointments, stopping bad habits, and taking care of the teeth and gums daily, most patients will be able to keep their smile healthy and maintain their dental implants (and other dental restorations) longer.
Interested in finding out if dental implants treatment is right for your smile?
If you are struggling with one or more missing teeth and are interested in finding solutions to repair your smile, Dr. Stephen Matarazzo welcomes patients in Quincy, MA to contact his facility. By learning more about dental implants, patients can decide if they are appropriate for their specific needs, or if alternative restorations such as dentures or dental bridges may be better suited. We welcome patients in and around the community to contact the practice by calling (617) 405-3939 and scheduling an appointment at 300 Crown Colony Drive. Dr. Stephen Matarazzo and his staff are here to assist with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry needs for patients in the area.