Tooth loss is often a difficult experience for patients because it can feel overwhelming and stressful. Dr. Frey focuses on preventive treatments to help patients avoid unnecessary tooth loss.
For those instances when tooth loss does occur, she offers effective solutions to restore her patients’ health and wellness. Olga Frey, DMD, provides a wide variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implant placement and restoration.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants, one of the newest and most effective ways to replace missing teeth, have actually been around for decades. Designed to support the patient’s appearance as well as the function and longevity of oral health, dental implants offer a convenient and long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
Made of biocompatible metals such as titanium, the design of dental implants allows them to mimic natural teeth and integrate with bone in much the same way as your own teeth. Certified in implantology, Dr. Frey surgically places as well as restores dental implants, providing quality and convenience because a referral to an oral surgeon is not necessary.
Precise placement of dental implants is essential to their aesthetics and function. Dr. Frey uses the latest technology to determine placement location and to measure bone density. Once she places the dental implant, she will allow it time to properly integrate with the surrounding bone, usually between three and six months. In some cases, immediate restoration of dental implants is possible.
Once the implant stabilizes and osseointegration (integration of the implant into the surrounding bone) occurs, Dr. Frey will restore the dental implant with a custom crown to complete the chewing surface as well as the patient’s smile.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants provide an aesthetic and convenient solution to tooth loss because the care required to maintain them is much like natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing will promote their longevity, along with professional exams and cleanings. With proper care, they can last decades – or even a lifetime.
In addition, dental implants provide a number of health advantages over other tooth replacement options. They act as a space holder, keeping adjacent teeth from drifting toward the gap created by the missing tooth. They also promote bone retention by stimulating bone regeneration in the same way that natural teeth help maintain bone density.
Dental implants can also work with other types of dentistry such as dental bridges and dentures to provide additional stability. When used in conjunction with fixed dental bridges, the replacement of multiple teeth is possible without the need for a partial denture.
In the case of implant-supported dentures, implants keep dentures securely in place offering patients increased confidence and comfort.
Call Us for a Comprehensive Evaluation
To determine an effective tooth replacement option, a full evaluation is necessary. Dr. Frey can determine the best course of treatment based on current dental health and lifestyle. To schedule an exam, contact her East Providence, RI dental office today.