Missing teeth, or losing a tooth, can be a traumatic experience and affects daily life for many patients. Chewing food is difficult in many cases, and speech can also be affected. Frequently, embarrassment is also a factor, and patients find themselves trying not to smile and avoiding social situations.
Apex Dental, with Dr. Robert J. Gauthier Jr., offers complete placement of dental implants in their Westborough, MA, area dentist office.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. The dental implant procedure has drastically improved and now holds a 98% success rate.
With proper care and routine dental visits, your dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants can be used to successfully and securely replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth or to secure a denture when an entire arch of teeth has been lost or removed.
For most cases, Dr. Gauthier will perform the surgical placement of the dental implant as well as the restoration of the dental crown or denture. If a specialist is needed, Dr. Gauthier will make the appropriate referral and coordinate the entire treatment plan.
By having Dr. Gauthier perform all phases it will save you travel time to other offices and the hassle of additional bills. Having only one doctor work on your case from start to finish means that your care is more precise.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Up to 98% success rate
- Avoids bone loss due to missing teeth
- Reduces risk of gum recession due to tooth loss.
- Avoids further damage or decay of remaining healthy teeth.
- Improves speech
- Increases comfort and alignment of bite
- Improves ability to chew comfortably and eat a balanced diet
- Supports long-term facial integrity.
- Improves appearance of smile and lower face
- No worry of dentures slipping or falling out
- Look exactly like your natural teeth
- Superior durability and longevity
Affordable Dental Implants in Westborough, MA
The restorative options for replacing a missing tooth – or teeth- are dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. In most cases, unless a patient is not a good candidate, Dr. Gauthier recommends dental implants. Dentures can offer patients natural looking replacement teeth that are removable for cleaning and can be adjusted for fit as needed.
However, this feature can also cause discomfort for many patients who may find it difficult to eat certain foods due to slippage. Additionally, over time the jaw bone may begin to recede and dentures will begin to feel loose and uncomfortable.
Dental implants, while more costly up front, offer many long term benefits and provide a natural looking AND functioning replacement for lost teeth. Anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post, a dental implant acts much like a natural tooth. The post can also help to preserve jaw bone, minimizing bone recession that naturally occurs when a tooth is removed.
Dr. Gauthier will place a custom-made crown on the post once it heals which will feel secure and blend with surrounding natural teeth. Implants do not require patients to watch what they eat because they are permanently attached to the jawbone.
Patients with ill fitting full dentures often choose to replace them with implant secured dentures. Dr. Gauthier permanently secures the dentures with strategically placed implants. No more slipping dentures or adhesives.