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By Murphy Dental Group
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

There are many benefits associated with getting dental implants. They offer a long-term option for replacing missing teeth and are stable dental implantsbecause they are anchored to the jawbone. There are additional benefits, as well. At Murphy Dental Group, Dr. John Murphy and Dr. Patrick Murphy are your Milton family dentists for dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Not only do dental implants replace missing teeth, they replace the roots as well. A dental implant consists of a hypoallergenic metal implant, an abutment, and a porcelain crown. The metal implant is placed into the jawbone and serves as the tooth root, anchoring everything in place. The porcelain crown is placed above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth. The abutment joins the implant and crown together.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have several benefits. Your Milton family dentist can explain how dental implants specifically benefit you, as well as help you decide if they are right for you. Benefits of dental implants include:

  • Replacement of missing teeth and their roots.
  • Restoration of biting and chewing functions.
  • Reduction of strain and excess wear and tear on surrounding teeth.
  • Improvement in speech as tongue placement when speaking is corrected by closing the gaps from missing teeth.

There are several benefits associated with getting dental implants. From replacement of missing teeth to the restoration of normal tooth functioning, dental implants offer many advantages. To learn more about dental implants and how they can benefit you, schedule an appointment with Drs. John and Patrick Murphy, your Milton family dentists, by calling the Murphy Dental Group at (617) 696-3900.

Although it tends to be more common in childhood, tooth decay can affect anyone, at any age. According to the American Dental family dentistryAssociation (ADA), adults over the age of 50 are also at higher risk for tooth decay. This is due to changes in oral health that tend to be consistent with aging, such as gum (periodontal) disease, enamel erosion and gum recession. Dental fillings remain the most effective tool for restoring the function and cosmetic appearance of decayed teeth. Dr. John M. Murphy and Dr. Patrick J. Murphy at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC in Milton, MA offer a range of dental filling options for the entire family.

Family Dentistry in Milton, MA

As with gum disease, the best way to prevent tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene at home, and to schedule regular visits to the dentist (approximately every six months) for an oral exam and professional dental cleaning. Brushing at least twice a day, and flossing every day are the most effective ways to clear the teeth and gums of the residual sugar and bacteria that lead to tooth decay.

But even with the best oral hygiene care and prevention, if you have teeth, you are susceptible to developing a cavity. Dental fillings preserve and strengthen the remaining healthy portion of a decayed tooth, preventing further damage and even saving severely decayed teeth from potential extraction. Fillings are the cavity treatment of choice for both children and adults and are available in a variety of materials and colors, including enamel (tooth) colored fillings. The dental filling options available include:

  • Porcelain
  • Composite (combination of glass and resin)
  • Glass ionomer

Family Dentist in Milton, MA

Strong and healthy teeth and gums are the keys to a beautiful smile. For more information on tooth decay prevention and treatment for the entire family, contact Dr. John M. Murphy and Dr. Patrick J. Murphy at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC by calling (617) 696-3900 to request an appointment today.