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We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

We are excited to resume semi-normal working days starting May 4, 2020.

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Dental Implants, do you really need them? By Kenneth Bagby, D.D.S. on December 19, 2016

If you've ever wondered about the effectiveness of dental implants, some of the benefits listed below should help make up your mind. There are of course other options for restoring damaged teeth, and for replacing teeth which are missing, but there are probably no alternatives which provide all the advantages which dental implants do.

Here are some of the reasons dental implants are likely to be your best option for teeth restoration:

  • Natural facial features are retained – when you're missing teeth, facial features can sag, and that gives you an appearance which looks sad or depressed. Dental implants retain the same facial features you used to  have, as well as the same natural smile.
  • Durability – dental implants are intended to be a long-term solution, often lasting a lifetime with only minor adjustments. By contrast, other tooth replacement strategies are designed to last between five and 10 years at the most.
  • Closest thing to natural teeth – a dental implant is strong and stable, and it looks just like a natural tooth would. It also allows you to brush, floss, and maintain your teeth in just the same way that you would with natural teeth.
  • No speech issues – sometimes adjusting to dentures or other tooth replacement systems can make it difficult for ordinary pronunciation when you speak, but the natural-ness of dental implants has no such drawback.
  • No cavities – there is no possibility of sustaining cavities in a dental implant, although regular dentist visits are still necessary for cleaning and caring, and you'll still have to brush your teeth and gums regularly at home.
  • No slippage – while dentures or other tooth replacement systems may slip during normal usage, the fixed nature of dental implants fuses them to your jawbone, so they won't move or shift.
  • Healthy teeth protection – when dental implants are installed, they go directly in the jawbone where your missing tooth root was, and they have no impact on the surrounding healthy teeth. They also prevent those other teeth from shifting or slipping, as they would if a vacant space had been created by your missing tooth.
  • Reliability – dental implants have a terrific track record of performance as long-term solutions, and are widely considered to be the most reliable of any tooth replacement option.
Eat anything you want – with dental implants, you'll have the confidence to eat anything you like, including a thick, juicy steak, roasted corn on the cob, an apple, or a big, thick slice of pizza. You can also bite into all of these naturally with no slippage, and you'll be able to enjoy the full flavor of any food you eat.

If you are interested in Dental Implants, contact us today!

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