Are implants right for you?

by | May 1, 2015 | General

As dentists, our goal is to give our patients the care and support they need to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, accidents or other complications do happen. When a tooth is missing, it’s important to find the best solution for you. Missing teeth can make ordinary tasks such as talking and eating a new and uncomfortable challenge. In the past, bridges and dentures had been the only options available to replace missing teeth. Today, dental implants present another alternative.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in bone to replace the root of a missing tooth.  Once the bone heals around the implant, your dentist is able to place a crown over an attachment which is secured to the implant to replace the missing tooth. This process can take 6-12 months to complete. Although this may seem like a long time, dental implants offer many advantages over traditional dentures and bridges.
  • Implants look and feel like your own teeth.
  • Implants allow you to speak without worrying that they might fall out.
  • Implants can improve the way your existing dentures work.
  • With good care, implants can last a lifetime.

Implants can restore proper function better than other options because they feel and work like teeth.

Dr. Merle Saldivar

Dr. Saldivar received a B.S. at Penn State University and a D.D.S. at University of Maryland. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Saldivar is certified in the United States Dental Institue (Orthodontic Program) as well as Invisalign certified. She is fluent in Spanish, Tagalog-Filipino, and volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile, a program that is part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Merle Saldivar

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