Dental implants are a popular method for Shrewsbury area patients to restore their smile after tooth loss. Natural teeth that have been lost or extracted must be replaced in a manner best appropriate for one's dental needs, personal desires, and budget. While there are several solutions available to many patients, including dentures and bridges, many individuals are encouraged to consider dental implants when they are appropriate candidates. This is due to the many benefits placing dental implants can provide, including:
- Permanent placement
- Highly-successful and predictable implantation
- Value over time
- Stand-alone replacement
- Easy to maintain
- Strength and stability
- Ease of use
- Restoration of full functionality
- Distribution of chewing and biting forces to the jawbone
- Affordable through financing options at Levenson Smile
Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in the Shrewsbury area believes that dental implants are the gold standard in restorative dentistry. While dentures and bridges have their place and they can be used in many instances, they do not carry the same benefits and permanency as dental implants do.
During the initial evaluation, patients can speak with Dr. Levenson about whether they can benefit from the placement of these restorations. Dental implants require patients to have:
- A healthy body and smile
- A smile free from decay and periodontal disease
- Healthy gums
- Strong, sufficient jawbone
- A commitment to maintaining their oral health
Patients who are not considered good candidates for dental implants are those who are pregnant, smokers, suffer from certain medical conditions, and those who do not have enough bone to maintain the structure of the implant over time. Patients who are on certain medications or who are under high doses of radiation must also consider alternative treatments.
By undergoing x-rays and an examination, patients can work with Dr. Levenson to determine their candidacy for treatment. While dental implants are considered one of the best restorative methods of replacing missing teeth, dentures and bridges can also be efficient as well. For some patients, these solutions may also be more affordable and fit their budget better, though dental implants can be financed through Levenson Smile to ensure patients have access to the treatments they need and desire.