When tooth loss occurs, many patients consider dental implants. Worcester residents can come to Levenson Smile to have Dr. Levenson address the cosmetic and functional issues that can occur from the loss of natural teeth. His goal is to offer his patients the ability to attain the unforgettable smile they've always wanted, and thanks to cosmetic dentistry, he can do just that!
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw. A dental crown is then placed on top to create a natural-looking false tooth that replaces the natural tooth. Porcelain is used to create the dental crown, as this is one of the most natural-looking, strongest materials available for cosmetic dentistry. There are two types of implants: traditional dental implants and mini dental implants. Worcester dentist Dr. Levenson may use mini dental implants for patients who do not have as much bone structure to support a traditional dental implant.
There are alternatives to dental implants. Dental bridges can be used to place a false tooth in the location where a natural tooth once was. They can "bridge the gap" that is left from a missing tooth. A dental bridge utilizes the surrounding teeth to support a pontic, or false tooth, in the space between them. However, dental bridges require that healthy tooth structure be removed from the adjacent teeth to place the bridge, while a dental implant is a stand-alone restoration that is extremely conservative in nature.
Another alternative to dental implants are dentures. Partial dentures can be used to replace a missing tooth temporarily. However, many patients do not want to deal with a removable restoration their entire life, and may later consider a dental implant. Dental implants also help stimulate bone growth that can be lost when patients lose a tooth and consider alternatives such as dentures.
Dr. Levenson provides dental implants and other restorations to help patients achieve a more beautiful, unforgettable smile. If you are considering the various methods available for tooth replacement, then call Levenson Smile today to schedule an initial consultation appointment to discuss the possibilities with Dr. Levenson!