Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace any number of missing teeth. In some cases, we can replace a missing tooth with a fully functioning tooth matched to your smile on the same day.

Dental implants are also a great solution for those patients with poorly fitting dentures. At King Street Dental, we can provide implants that will lock your denture into place, thus eliminating the rocking and slipping that drive denture wearers crazy – all while still allowing you to keep your original denture if you so desire.

Not only can dental implants be effective in replacing teeth, they have been shown to have very high success rates, they will not affect the teeth on either side, and they can greatly improve speech, ability to eat, and support of the soft tissues of the face. They can literally make you look years younger. Contact us today for a free consult in order to answer any questions that you may have concerning dental implants

Article: Dental Implants

The world of dentistry is undergoing an incredibly fascinating transformation as technologic advances lead to new ideas, easier treatments, and most importantly, better results. However, as the amount of information available to us increases, in some cases, so too can the confusion for the patient. With the plethora of material that can be found online it is easy to become overwhelmed with the variety of treatment options and the pros and cons of each. One of the best examples of this is a dental implant.

While dental implants are often thought of as a new form of treatment, their history can actually be traced back over 1300 years to the ancient Mayan civilizations. The more modern type used today got its start in the 1950’s when a Swedish orthopaedic surgeon found success using titanium. Since then hundreds of millions of dollars of research has been done to find the ideal way to successfully integrate implants to restore the natural look and feel of millions of smiles around the globe.

So what is a dental implant and what are its advantages? The easiest way to conceptualize an implant is in two parts – the actual implant represents the “root” of the tooth which supports the “crown”, or the part of the tooth seen in the mouth. The implant, most commonly made of titanium, provides a stable and secure foundation on which your dentist can choose a variety of options that best suit your individual needs.

For people missing a single tooth, an implant can replace the space with a tooth that looks and feels like a natural tooth without damaging the teeth on either side, as is required for a bridge, and with no parts that need to be taken out after eating and at night, as is required with a partial denture. While every case is unique to that individual, implants have been shown to have longer average life spans than crowns and bridges. Replacing these gaps reduces movement of the teeth and helps prevent bone loss which can contribute to the look of pre-mature aging. Rebuilding your smile with dental implants can have a great impact on your ability to eat, self-esteem, and general overall health.

For those patients with complete dentures, dental implants offer the chance to significantly improve the fit and the retention of the dentures. The annoying rocking and tipping, the embarrassing slipping can all be eradicated with the use of dental implants. Acting in a similar fashion to anchors, the implants can lock the denture in place throughout the day, including mealtime, while still allowing for ease of maintenance and care. Implants have been shown to dramatically increase quality of life and satisfaction of denture wearers all over the world.

Dental implants are a well-studied option with proven long term success for fulfilling a large number of your dental needs. They are often the best option to get your smile back to its natural look while offering the benefit of protecting your own teeth. Your smile is often one of the first things that people notice about you. If missing teeth, damaged teeth, or dentures are preventing you from looking and feeling your best than consult your dentist to see if implants are right for you.

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