It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Winston-Salem Dental Group.
First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.
A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants also help prevent bone recession. Bone recession is common in people who have lost one of their teeth; it results in a sunken appearance to the face.
If you have lost one of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Winston-Salem Dental Group to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.
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