Dental implants burst onto the scene way back in the 1990’s, and most dentists were skeptical both about their use and their longevity. We simply did not know how well they would function, how they would feel in the mouth, or how long they would last. The research and literature were positive and well-documented, but still, how would they actually work for the everyday patient?
How wrong many of us were. Implants have truly changed the very essence of living for millions of patients worldwide. The surgical placement and the restorative systems of implants were refined throughout the 2000’s and now they have become routine. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, secure a denture, or replace an entire dentition.
In our practice, we perform implant dentistry almost daily. It has been an incredibly rewarding part of our practice, as some of our patients had lost all hope of ever eating normally again prior to the placement of their implant.
Many patients have questions about just how they are placed and how they are restored. Please don’t hesitate to call our office or schedule a free implant consult. I enjoy educating patients about all of their options so that they can make an informed decision concerning their dental care. I gladly do these consults at no charge because it is such an important decision and the information is vital for the patient to understand what is and is not possible.
We have been doing implant dentistry since the early nineties and if I have learned one thing, experience counts. Therefore, if you have missing teeth or just want some answers, call us. I can give you an firsthand account of what to expect, since I am getting ready to have my first implant done in my own mouth as I write this.
M. Scott Smith, DMD