Are you familiar with the saying, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Well, if one or more of your teeth are gone, then you undoubtedly understand the value and importance of a complete smile. Even one missing tooth can cause a myriad of troubles. Some people are reluctant to smile, because they know that others can see that they have a missing tooth. Others may have difficulty eating a well-balanced diet because of tooth loss, while some people’s speech is compromised because of the important role that teeth play in word pronunciation. If you have one or more missing teeth, then Dr. Fried and his staff want to help. Dr. Fried is a skilled and experienced implant dentist in Framingham, MA, who can repair and complete your smile with lifelike dental implants.
What makes dental implants different from other tooth replacement options is that they do not merely rest on the surface of your gums. Rather, they are embedded into your jawbone to offer a number of distinct advantages. For one, they create a sturdy and stable foundation for the tooth replacement—a crown made of dental porcelain designed to imitate the appearance of your own tooth enamel—that is attached to the implant. Secondly, as your new “tooth root,” a dental implant stimulates new bone tissue growth. Once placed, your new implant and the surrounding bone fuse together in a process called osseointegration (bone + integration). As such the implant and bone form a symbiotic relationship: the bone holds the implant in place and the implant encourages new bone growth. Thus, you avoid the sagging facial appearance that often happens to people with dentures or other tooth replacements.
Dr. Fried works closely with a periodontist who comes to our Framingham dental practice, so your entire dental implant procedure happens in one convenient location. Our periodontist strategically positions your implant in your jawbone in order to give you the greatest stability and strength. Healing from this portion of your dental implant procedure usually requires a few months, after which you’ll return to our office to have your custom crafted porcelain crown secured to the implant.
If you would like more information about how a dental implant can restore your smile and your confidence, then call Framingham dentist Dr. Mark Fried to schedule a consultation or appointment. We welcome patients from the Framingham area including Ashland, Natick, and Southborough.