If you have lost teeth you probably already know how the condition can affect your self-confidence, but what you may not realize is that missing teeth can also adversely affect your health. Shifting, surrounding teeth and bone atrophy are some of the problems missing teeth can cause, which can lead to additional health issues.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed in the jaw and provide support to a range of dental prostheses. Implants have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their outstanding durability and their lifelike appearance. However, like any surgical procedure, they do carry some degree of risk. To help you decide the best treatment option for you, we are happy to discuss the risks and benefits of dental implants at our offices in Boston and Waltham.
Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Dr. Len Waldman is the resident oral surgeon at Dental Associates of New England. Dr. Waldman works from our Waltham location, where he performs wisdom tooth extractions, difficult extractions, and fractured-tooth extractions. To alleviate any pain or anxiety associated with oral surgery, we offer IV sedation and nitrous oxide sedation.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants perform a function similar to a tooth root, and because they are anchored in the jaw, they offer the most stable support for restorations, like a crown or denture. Using implants, patients can eat, speak, and laugh with total confidence that their artificial teeth will not slip out of place. Dental implants are also incredibly durable, usually offering a lifetime of support with proper care. Most notably, dental implants offer a unique advantage over other types of restorations. Because they serve as a tooth root, dental implants prevent bone loss in the surrounding jaw, which occurs when a tooth and its root have been missing for an extended period of time.
The Risks of Dental Implants
Similar to any surgery, dental implant placement presents some health risks. Problems are rare, and when they do occur, are usually minor and easily treatable. Dental implant complications may include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to the surrounding teeth, blood vessels, or jaw
- Implant rejection
- Sinus problems when improperly placed in the upper jaw
These risks can be reduced when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgeon who properly prepares the treatment site and places the implants in the proper location. For example, bone grafts can increase the implant's likelihood of success, as well as specialized dental implant systems.
Our Advanced Technology Systems
At Dental Associates of New England, our surgeons have expertise in bone grafting, dental implant placement, and other related oral surgery procedures to ensure you reap the greatest benefits from your dental implants, while minimizing related complications. We use the advanced ASTRA TECH Implant System™, which can:
- Improve healing
- Decrease risk of complications, such as micromovements and microleakage, that can lead to infection and damage to the surrounding area
- Better sustain jawbone stability after implants have been placed
- Maintain better aesthetic results
Our state-of-the-art ORTHOPHOS XG 3D advanced imaging x-ray also helps decrease dental implant risk by mapping a highly specific plan for the placement of each implant. With our practice’s combination of surgical skill, innovative techniques, and advanced technology, our patients can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality care we are able to offer.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
If you are missing teeth and considering dental implants, contact us today to set up a consultation and learn more about your candidacy for this exciting procedure.
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