It is estimated that one-third of Americans over 65 have either dentures or some other type of prosthetic replacement tooth. Although dentures provide patients with a functionally and cosmetically acceptable way to replace teeth at a reasonable cost, they do have a drawback. Because our jawbones tend to shrink as we age, even well-fitting removable dentures tend to become loose. One way to address this problem is with the use of a dental implant (or implants). Because titanium implants are surgically embedded in the jawbone, where they eventually fuse with the surrounding bone, they provide a solid point of attachment for bridges or crowns. This means that replacement teeth will remain firmly in place, providing a newfound sense of security.
You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. Dental implants feel and look so natural, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. To schedule a consultation, please call West Brookfield Dental at 508-867-2777. A trip to the dentist may be one of your most important appointments! We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. The number of implants necessary for a full-arch, fixed bridge varies depending on the patient’s specific anatomy, the opposing teeth, the type of bridge desired, and the number of teeth that need to be replaced with the prosthesis.