The idea is deceptively simple: replace a missing tooth with an artificial one that is physically attached to the patient’s jaw. The idea has been around for a thousand years or more, but only in the last half century has it become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered by Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco.
First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded into the patient’s 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.
Dentures and bridges 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.
Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.
If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide sedation dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Make an appointment with us today.
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