Dental Implants

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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants replace teeth, providing a healthy foundation for permanent or removable restorations that have been created specifically for you by Dr. Bryan Foote.

Why Might Dental Implants Be a Good Choice?

The following are a few of the positive characteristics:

Improve appearance.

Dental implants look and feel natural. Since they fuse with bone, they become permanent.

Improve speech.

Removable dentures have some movement, which can adversely affect chewing and speech if not properly fitted. With dental implants, this is never an issue.

Comfort.

Dental implants become a permanent part of you and grow to feel as natural as your own teeth.

Dental implants make it easy to eat.

Unlike dentures, dental implants function like your own teeth, making chewing feel like it once did.

Improve self-esteem.

Dental implants can return your smile and the feelings of self-assurance that go along with it.

Improve oral health.

Dental implants do not require removal of tooth structure, as is the case with a tooth-supported bridge; so, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Dental implants also make it easier to access the space between teeth, allowing for better oral care. Dental implants never get cavities.

Durability.

Dental implants last many years – with proper care, they can last a lifetime.

Convenience.

Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures; further, they do not require messy adhesives to stay in place.

What is the Success Rate?

Success rates of dental implants depend on where they are placed in the jaw but, in general, they have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

For the most part, dental implants can make sense for anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery. Candidates need healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. It is also important to practice good oral hygiene and pay regular visits to a dentist. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders — such as diabetes or heart disease — or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area require individual evaluation.

Dr. Foote can help you decide if dental implants are right for you. Make an appointment or call us at (573) 449-2311 to learn more about this procedure.