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Dental Implants – Reading, MA

Restore the Roots of Your Teeth

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Losing just one tooth can make it harder for you to enjoy all your favorite foods or speak clearly; you might also find yourself being more reluctant to smile or laugh in front of others. Traditional dental bridges and dentures can fill in the empty space left by your missing teeth, but only dental implants in Reading will replace the roots as well; this can make a large difference in how your new teeth improve the quality of your life. Contact Associates in Family Dentistry today to learn more about the dental implant process.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implant posts are placed directly in your jaw and act as the roots for a crown, bridge or dentures. Because they’re anchored to the jawbone (thanks to a natural process called osseointegration), they’re stronger and more stable than traditional restorations. They won’t slip while you’re chewing or talking, and you’ll be able to eat or drink anything you want without restriction.

In general, dental implants have an extremely high success rate. They require little maintenance (just brush and floss them normally), but they can last for 30 years or even longer in most cases; you won’t have to worry about frequently replacing them.

Indications for Dental Implants

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If your mouth is healthy and your jawbone has enough height and density to support the implant posts, your dentist in Reading can use them to replace any number of teeth.

Missing Single Tooth

To fill in a single empty space in your mouth, you can get one dental implant topped with a dental crown. The crown can be made from a metal-free ceramic, allowing it to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. In many cases, an abutment is used to connect the crown to the implant.

Missing Multiple Teeth

If there are three or more consecutive teeth missing, you can replace them with two implants and a fixed bridge. A bridge is made of two crowns that support one or more prosthetic teeth called pontics. Traditional bridges rest on natural teeth, but you can save your enamel by using implants instead.

Missing All Teeth

Four to eight implant posts can support an entire arch of teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Since your dentures are anchored in place, you won’t have to worry about them slipping at embarrassing moments. You can also brush and floss them normally instead of removing them for cleaning.

Team-Based Dental Implant Treatment

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To make sure you’re receiving top quality care at every stage of the dental implant process, we’ve partnered with a local specialist who can expertly place the dental implants in your jaw. Once they’ve successfully fused with your jaw, you’ll return to Associates in Family Dentistry for your crown or another kind of tooth replacement. This team-based approach helps maximize your chances for success and ensures that each necessary procedure is performed as smoothly as possible.

Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants

The separate cost for each stage of the implant process (the surgery, abutment placement, the restoration and so on), the number of implant posts required and any additional treatments will all factor into the final cost of your dental implants. Keep in mind that since dental implants last longer than other tooth replacements (decades, in most cases), in the long run they might end up being the most cost-effective option.