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Sean M. Smith, DDS
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Implant dentistry is the most advanced therapy available for replacing missing teeth. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth. Patients who have been treated with implants are able to chew all the foods they desire and no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of having gaps in their smile or deal with appliances such as dentures or bridges.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the best alternative to natural teeth, because they replace both the root and the body of the tooth. An implant consists of two parts: a titanium steel peg that is surgically implanted into the jaw, and a porcelain crown which sits on top of the peg and effectively replaces the tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, you don’t necessarily have to get one peg implanted for every tooth. Instead, you can replace multiple teeth with just a couple of pegs using implant-supported partial or complete dentures.
Dental implants have been used successfully for more than 30 years. The development stage of dental implantology ended more than two decades ago, and research studies have clearly established the safety and effectiveness of dental implants.
Reasons for Dental Implants:
replace missing teeth
eliminate the need for dentures
prevent bone loss that occurs after a tooth is lost
prevent the shaving down of healthy teeth for a bridge
provide patients with the confidence of real teeth
allow patients to eat all the foods they enjoy
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
You might be a candidate for dental implants if all of the following apply to you:
You are in good general health
You have healthy gums
You are not suffering from excessive bone loss
You have a missing tooth or teeth and you want to eat, speak, and chew normally!