Missing teeth are a problem faced by over 120 million Americans, but thankfully, modern dentistry is able to offer a solution that doesn’t just replace a tooth, it practically brings the real tooth back. This treatment is called dental implants, and Dr. Redmond is able to offer it right here in Sylacauga. For patients looking to rebuild their smile, bite, and confidence for a lifetime to come, his first suggestion will always be dental implants, and thanks to his advanced training, you won’t even have to leave Sylacauga to get this state-of-the-art prosthetic custom-made for you.
The reason dental implants are so special is that they do something no other treatment can: bring back both the root and crown of a tooth. A small titanium post is placed directly into the jawbone to recreate the bottom portion of a tooth, and this provides the foundation for a crown, bridge or denture.
Because implants are held within the jawbone just like natural teeth, they have the same strength and stability, meaning patients don’t have to alter their diet—they can eat whatever they like without having to worry about their new teeth moving or breaking.
Plus, implants also help support the remaining teeth because the roots encourage renewed blood flow and tissue growth in the jawbone, giving the entire smile a healthier base.
And, for budget-conscious patients, implants are able to last multiple times longer compared to regular bridges and dentures. Instead of needing to be replaced every five to seven years, a single implant can often last for 30 years with just routine oral hygiene.
One of the best things about dental implants is that they can be used in a variety of ways to help patients dealing with different degrees of tooth loss. Whether you have a small gap or need a complete denture, implants can provide an answer:
Traditionally, replacing a single tooth involved shaving down the nearby teeth to place a bridge. Now, Dr. Redmond can simply position a dental implant and crown in the smile without altering the remaining dental structure at all.
Instead of replacing the teeth individually, a small number of implants can provide support for a bridge or partial denture. These prosthetics are much stronger than their removable counterparts, plus they have a more natural appearance as well.
Implants are especially helpful for patients with dentures that never seem to stay in place. Smaller yet stronger than traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures only require four to six new roots to restore several teeth and give a patient a prosthetic they never have to worry about shifting around.
At most other dental offices, patients who want to get dental implants are forced to visit multiple dental offices to complete the entire procedure. This adds additional time, stress, and expense to the implant process, and it deters many from getting the treatment. Here in Sylacauga, however, patients can get everything they need right here at Family Dentistry Rick Redmond, DMD. Because of Dr. Redmond’s extensive experience, he can complete the entire procedure himself to help patients get what they need in the most efficient and effective way possible.
As we touched on above, dental implants are extremely versatile, so Dr. Redmond is able to personalize his approach with them based on the unique needs of each patient. Because of this, the cost of the procedure can vary from person to person depending on their particular situation. While dental implants do tend to be more expensive upfront compared to other treatments, they are an investment that will last for decades and also require minimal maintenance. Compared to regular bridges and dentures, implant patients usually end up saving thousands as time goes by.