DENTAL IMPLANTS

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Missing teeth affect a person’s appearance, the ability to speak and chew, and general dental health. It is usually recommended that a missing tooth be replaced. Many options exist for the replacement of lost teeth. One that has gained considerable acceptance is the dental implant.

Until fairly recently, dentures and bridges were the only options for replacing missing teeth. Some people can’t comfortably wear dentures. They’re painful, they don’t remain in place, and they may sometimes gag the wearer.

Bridges have the disadvantages of requiring crowns on the teeth The bone in that area will recede, possibly destabilizing the adjacent teeth, and increasing the risk of periodontal disease to those teeth. The dental implant has none of these disadvantages.

Improved techniques and advances in the materials used for implants have made the permanent dental implant a better alternative for many people

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Implants are titanium cylinders that are compatible with the body and are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they serve as the anchor or roots for the teeth restorations. Implants have been used for more than a quarter of a century in dentistry and offer a wonderful opportunity to replace missing teeth.

With the exception of children who are still growing, dental implants can be the solution of choice for many people who want a “fixed” or “nonremovable” option to replace their missing teeth with a very natural appearance. Many times our patients comment that they wished they had inquired about a dental implant years ago!

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Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement of teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds tightly with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.