If you or someone you love is living with missing teeth, then you know that it can take the joy out of the everyday things we love. But did you know that missing teeth can have negative effects on your health, too? Healthy teeth are important for a strong, healthy jaw, and when a tooth is removed because of damage or decay, the underlying bone can deteriorate and shrink. The empty space left by missing teeth can also cause surrounding healthy teeth to shift, resulting in a misaligned bite and crooked teeth.
Replacing your missing teeth will help you eat your favorite foods with ease, talk and smile with confidence, and enjoy a healthy smile for years to come!
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Westlake Family Dentistry works hard to stay on the leading edge of restorative dentistry, and advancements in implant technology have made dental implants the preferred method of replacing one or multiple missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Implants are useful in denture stabilization, and they can also be used in conjunction with crowns, bridges, and in single-tooth replacements. Dental implants are more durable and longer lasting than removable dentures, and they also look and feel more like natural teeth. Most importantly, they function like natural teeth, allowing you to chew, talk, and smile with confidence again. Successful and properly maintained implants can last a lifetime!
Dental implants are an excellent restorative option for:
- Single Tooth Replacements. This procedure is relatively quick and simple, with one missing tooth being replaced by one single implant and topped with a porcelain crown.
- Multiple Tooth Replacements. In what is known as a “fixed bridge,” implants are permanently placed in the jaw, then connected to a stable bridge (a series of crowns).
- Full Arch Replacements. Some dentists refer to these as “full mouth restorations.” A full arch replacement is a permanent, long-lasting, and functional alternative to removable dentures for people who are missing most or all of their teeth.
An alternative to a fixed bridge is a removable overdenture anchored with implants. With as few as two implants, you could have a denture that is significantly more stable and will allow you the flexibility to eat more of the foods you love. This method also eliminates the embarrassing social situations that can occur with a traditional denture. Stop by our office to find out how this procedure will bring back your confidence, smile, and enjoyment of eating again!
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many patients suffering from advanced tooth decay, root canal failure, trauma to the mouth, or just extreme wear and tear on teeth are benefiting from dental implants. However, there are still some things to consider before you decide if implants are right for you. For example, implants are most successful after adolescence, when the teeth and jaw bone are fully developed. Additionally, the implant procedure can be more complicated for individuals with gum disease, uncontrolled diabetes, immune deficiencies, and for patients who smoke. To ensure that you get the treatment that’s right for you, keep our team up-to-date on your entire medical history and dental habits.
Dr. Sievert’s Dental Implant Education
Dr. Sievert has achieved the prestigious Fellowship status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education. This membership and fellowship status signifies not only a dedication to continuing education in the field of implants, but it is also a manifestation of Dr. Sievert’s commitment to provide comprehensive treatment solutions for his patients. He loves changing lives one smile at a time!
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