Can implants for replacement of teeth get infected? Ask a dentist in Quincy, MA
When missing teeth are a concern, dental implants can be a solution! Dr. Stephen J. Matarazzo is a dentist in Quincy, MA who provides patients with solutions for enhancing their smiles. This includes restoration when tooth loss occurs. Dental implants are a wonderful option for patients considering permanent replacement of missing teeth, or for those who are interested in anchoring restorations such as dentures.
Dental implants explained
The best way to describe a dental implant is as a metal post that functions as a tooth root replacement. When a tooth is missing, the dental implant can be placed into the bone during oral surgery. It is then restored over the top with a crown, denture, or bridge, depending on the needs of the patient. The implant derives its strength and stability by bonding with the bone through a process called osseointegration, when bone fuses to the implant.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Patients who are best suited for implants are those who:
- Have sufficient bone structure
- Have a healthy smile
- Are free from infection in the mouth (periodontal disease)
- Are seeking a permanent option
Candidacy is determined during a consultation appointment and initial evaluation. Dr. Stephen J. Matarazzo can assess the smile with a physical examination, and then take a series of x-rays to see if there is enough bone to support the placement of a dental implant. Without bone, the implant will fail, and patients may have to consider alternative tooth replacements such as bridges or dentures.
Are dental implants safe?
Yes! Implants are made of titanium, which will not rust. This material is biocompatible with the body, ensuring that there is no reaction. Implants are placed during oral surgery by an experienced dental professional to ensure a high success rate, and our team of professionals can explain the benefits of using dental implants within the smile.
Why choose dental implants?
There are many reasons patients may choose dental implants. Patients may be considering permanent ways to replace teeth that does not involve partial or full dentures. Patients may want replacement options that don’t require special care, such as cleaning with specific solutions. Patients may want non-removable options, or restorations that feel like their natural teeth. Dental implants are often more expensive than alternative treatments, however they can last a lifetime and are a wise investment for many of our patients.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Dental implants do not require any more special care or attention than the natural teeth do. Patients are urged to brush and floss their teeth every day, preferably after every meal, and to visit their dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations. A dentist can monitor the health of dental implants and other dental restorations or concerns with every appointment, ensuring patients maintain their oral health and wellness over the years. With proper care, patients can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for life with dental implants in place. Our team of professionals will encourage patients to visit regularly and can send out reminder cards when it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen J. Matarazzo and his staff.
Can a tooth implant get infected?
The tooth implant itself cannot get infected. However, the bone and tissue around the implant can. If the bone is infected and begins to shrink, it can cause the dental implant to fall out. This is a serious concern, so patients who have implants and other restorations need to take great care in maintaining the health of their mouth with regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits.
Learn more about dental implants today!
Dental implants can be a viable option for many of our patients who are seeking tooth replacement. We encourage patients to ask about this option and find out if they are a candidate. We welcome patients into our practice who are ready to learn more by calling (617) 405-3939 and visiting the office at 300 Crown Colony Drive.