Missing teeth affect more than the look of your smile. Without stimulation from chewing or other functions, underlying bone that supports facial structure shrinks. Over time bone resorption makes you look older than you are, and dramatically alters facial shape. Since dental implants are designed to mimic natural and healthy function, they are also cosmetic teeth replacement in Worcester MA.
The implant is the cylindrical-shaped post placed in your jawbone. The implant is designed to function like a natural tooth root. As such, the implant provides support to your new crown, bridge, or denture. This support is missing with traditional options for tooth replacement, such as conventional dentures. Without adequate support, wearers of removable dentures have long complained about poor, loose fit that interferes with the ability to chew efficiently and pronounce words properly. Functional complications are accompanied by cosmetic complications resulting from progressive bone loss, and many of the problems with eating and speaking only worsen with untreated resorption.
Bone resorption starts much earlier than you may expect. It’s estimated:
After 12 months without a tooth, you’ll lose 25 percent of the width of supporting bone
Within another 24 months, bone height also decreases by around four millimeters
This process of lost bone width and height keeps repeating itself, and the amount of gum tissue also decreases. Dr. Levenson may recommend grafting to build up bone, so your implant and accordingly new tooth has a strong foundation. As few as four strategically-placed implants can support an entire arch of teeth, which helps to keep associated costs and time in the treatment chair down. Call 855-849-8255 to schedule a consultation, and the Levenson Smile team will discuss payment options, including financing, with you as well as any other questions you may have.