Medfield, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/29/2015 -- Dental implants can bring about a good number of benefits. However, just like other types of oral surgery, dental implant placement requires a certain amount of training and experience that not every dentist is equipped with. Dr. Jennifer Lee of West Mill Smiles is among a group of dental professionals qualified to perform implant dentistry.
A dental implant is a substitute tooth root made of titanium that is anchored into the jawbone to provide a foundation for restorations. Computer imaging ensures that it can be precisely positioned in the most ideal location in the jawbone. "Although the implant requires surgery, it is far superior to a bridge because it is an independent restoration that does not rely on adjacent teeth for stability. Therefore, no other teeth has to be sacrificed to anchor an implant," explains Dr. Lee.
For those with a missing tooth or teeth, an implant means the restored ability to chew and enjoy food, without the inconvenience and embarrassment associated with removable teeth.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of the patient's jawbone. All dental implant surgery occurs in stages and may involve several procedures. A major benefit is that it provides solid support for the new teeth by ensuring that the bone heals tightly around the implant. Because this healing requires time, the process can take several months.
Dr. Lee recommends a preliminary consultation to determine if a patient is a suitable candidate for a tooth implant. "I will check your teeth, gums and bone density, before performing some x-rays and maybe a dental CT scan to ensure that you possess sufficient bone structure for the dental implant to be placed," she says.
There are a few other reasons why dental implants are an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth: they are permanent and stable, look natural, do not interfere with adjacent teeth, and have a high success rate.
About Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee is passionate about the well-being of her patients. Beyond the care she brings to each visit, Dr. Lee expresses this commitment by promoting preventive care and educating patients on how to maintain and improve their dental health. Dr. Lee seeks to bring the latest, state-of-the-art research and technology to her patients.
To make an appointment with Dr. Lee, call (508) 359-8004.