Huntsville Alabama Dental Implants
For most situations, dental implants are
probably the best, most natural solution for replacing missing
teeth, whether you are missing
only a single tooth, or many teeth.
Because dental implants are most like your
natural teeth, they look better, last longer and function
just like your missing natural tooth.
If you are missing most or even all your
teeth, dental implants are the only solution that will prevent
long term bone loss in your jaws that will, over time, make
wearing any type of denture very painful, if not impossible.
Advantages of Dental Implants
• Because dental implants are anchored
in your jaw bone just like your own teeth, they are more
natural in the way they look and feel.
• With dental implants, the teeth
next to the missing tooth do not have to be tampered with.
Teeth adjacent to the missing tooth position have to be
prepared for crowns when a dental bridge is used, or ground
down for the fitting of clasps with partial dentures.
• If an expert cosmetic dentist like
Dr. Beasley does your dental implant, no one will ever know it
isn't a real tooth.
• Dental implants can be used as "anchors"
in combination with dentures, which allows a much more secure
fit and greatly enhanced chewing efficiency and efficacy.
• Dental implants can initially be
more costly than dentures or bridges. However, as bridges
and dentures may require repair or replacement over the
years, a dental implant may actually wind up costing less
in the long run.
• Extra visits may be required. In
addition to your cosmetic dentist, you may also have to
see an oral surgeon or periodontist to place the root forms.
• It may take several weeks of healing
time before the crown can be placed on the implanted tooth
form. Your dentist will give you a temporary crown or dental
"flipper" (a kind of temporary denture) to wear
in the mean time.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
You must be in good general and oral health,
because you must be able to handle the surgery.
You must also have adequate bone remaining
at the sites of the missing teeth. Over time (about 10 to
20 years, usually), the bone in your jaw at the site of
the missing tooth/teeth will be reabsorbed by the body.
This can cause facial collapse (see picture at right), and
can make wearing any kind of denture at all impossible.
In cases like this, your dentist can recommend
bone grafts or other techniques so that dental implants
can be placed.
Make an appointment
with Dr. Beasley today, so he can help you decide if
dental implants are the solution for your missing teeth.
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