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Posts for: October, 2015

By Beasley Cosmetic & General Dentistry
October 28, 2015
Category: Dental Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants--they are today's state-of-the-art tooth replacement choice. While implants have become more popular and available over the past 30 years, some individuals remain wary of these artificial teeth. They prefer fixed bridgework or traditional dentures even though bridges compromise enamel on adjacent teeth, and even the best of dentures have problems with speech slurring, fit and Dental Implantscomfort.

In fact, many myths regarding dental implants circulate today. R. Brad Beasley DMD places dental implants in his cosmetic dentistry practice in Huntsville, AL, and the results are nothing less than spectacular. We wish to dispel some of the common misconceptions about dental implants and commend them to you for thoughtful consideration if you must replace one or more missing teeth.

Myth #1 My body might reject a dental implant. This is false. Comprised of a biocompatible titanium screw, titanium or alloy post and porcelain crown, a dental implant cannot produce an allergic reaction or initiate rejection the way a transplanted kidney or liver can. In fact, the jaw bone bonds exceptionally well to the titanium through an almost miraculous process called osseointegration. Osseointegration stabilizes the dental implant and actually strengthens the density of the bone. The Academy of Osseointegration reports that implant surgeries are successful more than 90 percent of the time and that more than 90 percent of implant devices remain in place for decades.

Myth #2 Dental implants are expensive. The rebuttal to this myth is yes and no. Yes, the implant procedure is actual surgery and therein incurs some additional costs. Also, the device itself is custom made. As such the upfront expense is higher than more traditional tooth replacement options. However, dental implants are usually a one-time fix. With faithful dental hygiene and follow-up by Dr. Beasley, implants can last a lifetime--unlike fixed bridgework or dentures which require replacement every 7 to 10 years. Those replacement costs add up.

Myth #3 I'm too old for dental implants. Dr. Beasley places implants in patients of all ages. In fact, implant-supported dentures help seniors enjoy stable eating, clear speech and a youthful facial appearance. Dr. Beasley recommends implants for people with good overall and oral health. Implants fare better when recipients quit a smoking habit. Gum disease or insufficient jawbone often postpone implant surgery until the dentist treats these conditions.

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Beasley's staff for an appointment. During a personal consultation at Dr. Beasley's family and implant dentistry office in Athens, AL, learn about the implant procedure, and find out if dental implants are right for you. Call (888) 860-5114.