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How dental implants from your dentists in Framingham, Massachusetts, can rebuild your smile
It’s easy to understand why dental implants are so popular. The truth is, they have revolutionized dentistry by providing a tooth replacement that is as close to a natural tooth as you can get. Drs. James S. Cinamon and Paul J. Hubley at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, provide dental implants that can rebuild your smile!
More About Implants
Missing teeth can diminish your self-esteem and make you not want to smile. Dental implants restore the beauty of your teeth, as they provide:
- Natural Good Looks: Dental implant crowns are made of lifelike materials that look just like tooth enamel; the crown material reflects light, just like natural teeth do.
- Long-lasting Beauty: Dental implants resist staining; you never have to worry about decay, so your dental implants will stay beautiful.
Missing teeth can also compromise your chewing ability, which can affect your digestion and your overall health. In contrast, dental implants allow you to enjoy the foods you love through providing
- Stability: Dental implants are firmly embedded in bone, so they will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing
- Conservation of Supporting Bone: Once your dental implants are placed, your body will begin to grow supporting bone to fuse with the implants; your facial volume and contours and your firm jawline will then be preserved.
Another important benefit of dental implants is their easy maintenance—you just brush and floss them right along with your natural teeth!
When you choose dental implants, you are choosing the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. With a success rate that high, you know they will work for you too!
Interested? Give Us a Call!
If you need to rebuild and restore your smile, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants. To learn more about implants and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Drs. James S. Cinamon and Paul J. Hubley at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, Massachusetts today! Our number is 508-872-1422
If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.
Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.
Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.
As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.
If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.
Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”
If you have missing teeth, it may seem impossible to imagine ever closing the gaps in your smile. However, dental implants can help you restore your missing teeth in the most natural and permanent way available. This powerful dental tool can give you back your smile, boost your confidence, and improve chewing and eating to make your life easier and more fulfilling. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA.
What can dental implants do for my smile?
Dental implants are a versatile and powerful dental tool which replace your missing teeth and give you back your smile’s functionality in only a few dental visits. Your dentist implants the fixture, a titanium post, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. The bone grows around the fixture, permanently locking it into place. There are several different kinds of dental implants, including:
- Single Tooth Implants: In a single tooth implant, one dental implant replaces one tooth.
- Multiple Tooth Implants: In the case of several teeth missing in a row, a multiple tooth implant can replace several teeth at once using a dental bridge supported by two implants.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Implant-Supported dentures use four or more implants throughout the arch of the mouth to hold a full denture in place.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for dental implants should be in good dental health and free from conditions like teeth decay and gum disease. The bone in the area of the implant should be healthy, with minimal bone atrophy. Patients should have a strong at-home oral care routine complete with brushing twice daily, flossing at least once, and seeing their dentist at least every six months for routine dental examinations and cleanings.
Dental Implants in Framingham, MA
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Cinamon and Dr. Hubley at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA. Call (508) 872-1422 to schedule a consultation for dental implants.
Losing teeth to tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease is never easy. But with implant-supported bridgework, you can regain lost function and appearance with a restoration that could last for many years.
Don’t think, though, that dental disease woes are a thing of the past with your new implants. Although your restoration itself can’t be infected, the supporting gums and underlying bone can, often through bacterial plaque accumulating around the implants. The bone that supports the implants could deteriorate, dramatically increasing your chances of losing your restoration.
It’s essential, then, that you keep the area between the bridge and gums clean of plaque through daily hygiene. This definitely includes flossing around the implants.
Flossing with an implant-supported bridge will be different than with natural teeth: instead of flossing between teeth you’ll need to thread the floss between the bridge and gums. Although this is a bit more difficult, it can be done with the help of a floss threader, a device with a loop on one end and a long, thin plastic point on the other—similar to a sewing needle.
To use it, thread about 18” of floss through the loop and then pass the threader’s thin end first through the space between the bridge and gums toward the tongue until the floss threader pulls through. You can then take hold of one end of the floss and then pull the threader completely out from beneath the bridge. Then, you wrap the ends around your fingers as you would normally and thoroughly floss the implant surfaces you’re accessing. You then release one end of the floss, pull out the remainder, rethread it in the threader and repeat the process in the next space between implants.
You also have other hygiene tool options: prefabricated floss with stiffened ends that thread through the bridge-gum space that you can use very easily; or you can purchase an interproximal brush that resembles a pipe cleaner with thin plastic bristles to access the space and brush around the implants.
Some patients also find an oral irrigator, a handheld device that sprays a pressurized stream of water to loosen and flush away plaque, to be an effective way of keeping this important area clean. But that said, oral irrigators generally aren’t as effective removing dental plaque as are floss or interproximal brushes.
Whatever flossing method you choose, the important thing is to choose one and practice it every day. By keeping bacterial plaque from building up around your implants, you’ll help ensure you won’t lose your restoration to disease, so it can continue to serve you for many years to come.
There’s a lot to like about dental implants for replacing missing teeth. Not only are they life-like, but because they replace the root they also function much like a natural tooth. They also have another unique benefit: a track record for long-lasting durability. It’s estimated more than 95% of implants survive at least ten years, with a potential longevity of more than 40 years.
But even with this impressive record, we should still look at the few that didn’t and determine the reasons why they failed. We’ll soon find that a great number of those reasons will have to do with both oral and general health.
For example, implants rely on adequate bone structure for support. Over time bone cells grow and adhere to the implant’s titanium surface to create the durable hold responsible for their longevity. But if conditions like periodontal (gum) disease have damaged the bone, there might not be enough to support an implant.
We may be able to address this inadequacy at the outset with a bone graft to encourage growth, gaining enough perhaps to eventually support an implant. But if bone loss is too extensive, it may be necessary to opt for a different type of restoration.
Slower healing conditions caused by diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis or compromised immune systems can also impact implant success. If healing is impeded after placement surgery the implant may not integrate well with the bone. An infection that existed before surgery or resulted afterward could also have much the same effect.
Oral diseases, especially gum disease, can contribute to later implant failures. Although the implant’s materials won’t be affected by the infection, the surrounding gum tissues and bone can. An infection can quickly develop into a condition known as peri-implantitis that can weaken these supporting structures and cause the implant to loosen and give way. That’s why prompt treatment of gum disease is vital for an affected implant.
The bottom line: maintaining good oral and general health, or improving it, can help keep your implant out of the failure column. Perform daily brushing and flossing (even after you receive your implant) and see your dentist regularly to help stop dental disease. Don’t delay treatment for gum disease or other dental conditions. And seek medical care to bring any systemic diseases like diabetes under control.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”