Tooth decay may not be as prevalent as it once was, but it remains a problem for almost half of all American adults over the age of 30 according to the American Dental Association (ADA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although traditionally associated with old age, periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss continue to be a significant problem for millions of adults of all ages in the United States. If you are one of the millions of otherwise healthy adults missing one, a few, or all of your natural teeth due to oral health problems or trauma from an accident or sports injury, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. Dr. David Rosen, a periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, recommends implants for better oral health, as well as a cosmetically attractive smile.
Implants have a major advantage over other dental restorations in that they replace the entire tooth, including the root. Roots may not necessarily affect your ability to eat, speak clearly, or smile confidently for pictures, but they play a vital role in your oral health and dental stability. In addition to nerves and blood vessels, teeth are supported by bone tissue in the gums, which begins to erode when a tooth falls out or gets extracted. Implants, which are made of small titanium screws which are surgically placed in the socket of a missing tooth, help to prevent bone loss and generate healthy new bone tissue.
Once the implant has healed, a custom made cosmetic crown is attached. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental care, dental implants have a very high success rate. In order to be a good candidate, you must be in good general health and have enough remaining bone tissue to support the implant.
Find a Dentist in Lexington, Northwest Boston, MA, and Surrounding Areas
If your oral health, self-esteem, and quality of life have been impacted by tooth loss, dental implants can help you get your smile and life back! For more information and to find out if you qualify, contact Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas by calling (781) 862-4550 to schedule an appointment.