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Dental Implants

SmileCare Dental of Fitchburg / Dental Implants

Implants Dentistry

Missing teeth can cause embarrassment and can make more difficult than it needs to be. Simple tasks like speaking and chewing properly can be made harder than they would otherwise be. Dental Implants from SmileCare Dental can restore your smile, allowing you to:

Smile confidently again

Chew and speak properly, and enjoy foods you may have been missing out on

Improve your oral health and prevent other problems

Dental implants are the most ideal way to restore missing teeth. They consist of small posts that are inserted directly into the jawbone where the tooth is missing from. As your mouth heals around the implant, new bone cells will grow and will be ready to support a replacement tooth that will be affixed to the post.

Options for dental implants include:

Replacement teeth will look and function just as your natural teeth do. Replacing teeth using dental implants not only restores your smile, it also prevents your jawbone from deteriorating. Chewing and biting capacity is restored, and the crown will be created to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.

Implant supported crowns

A crown made of porcelain is crafted to be affixed to your implant to replace your missing tooth.

Implant supported bridges

Bridges are used to anchor two or more implants and fill in the gaps left by more than one missing tooth.

Implant retained dentures

Dentures adhered to implants using snaps and balls offering comfort and better performance than traditional dentures.

Implant supported dentures

These dentures are the most comfortable style and utilize a metal bar to attach the denture to the implants

Dental Implants FAQs

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are not teeth but are a means to which replacement teeth can be affixed. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone to replicate a tooth root. Then a crown, bridge or dentures can be affixed to it using a structure called an abutment to replace teeth that may be missing.
What are the advantages to dental implants?
Dental implants can last a lifetime and can improve the aesthetics of your smile, thereby increasing your confidence. They can also improve your ability to chew and bite properly, and help you enjoy life without having to worry about your smile. Additionally, dental implants can ensure your jawbone doesn’t deteriorate over time.
What are the disadvantages to dental implants?

Dental implants are considered a surgical procedure, so there is risk of side effects such as infection, inflammation or pain. Your dental professional will discuss these beforehand and help you address any should they arise after your procedure.

Are dental implants successful?

As with any procedure, the success can depend on your care and maintenance after. For healthy patients who maintain good oral hygiene, dental implants nearly 95% successful.

Do dental implants last?
Yes! Dental implants are not susceptible to the decay and other diseases that can plague the natural tooth. However, in order to ensure your implant can last, you must pay close attention to your gum health. Proper at-home oral care, as well as regular in-office visits can ensure your implant lasts a lifetime.
Can implants help if I have dentures?
Implants are a common treatment used for patients who wear dentures. Dental implants can provide support for removable dentures – the dentures basically snap into place on the implant. This holds the denture in place and provides for a more comfortable denture wearing experience.
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