Dental implants are relatively new but increasingly popular treatment for restoring smiles in patients who are missing teeth due to infection, decay, injury, or who require tooth replacement for some other reason. Dental implants not only help improve the appearance of your smile, but they also help improve and preserve your oral health. Dr. Bruce Spink is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among several other professional organizations, and has many years of experience performing dental implant surgery in his Birmingham, AL practice.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are titanium posts designed to mimic the roots of natural teeth. The implant is surgically installed in the jaw bone and serves as an anchor for prosthetic teeth — called crowns. A single dental implant replace one missing tooth, or several dental implants can be used to secure a denture for a complete arch of missing teeth.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants are arguably the most natural way to replace missing teeth — providing patients with many advantages over traditional missing tooth replacement options such as dentures or bridges. Implants help stabilize bone tissue, preventing facial regression and reducing the risk of gum disease and the loss of additional teeth. Dental implants support a natural bite and allow patients to enjoy a diet without restriction.
People with missing teeth or teeth that are too decayed to be saved are potential candidates for dental implants. If you’ve lost a tooth after extensive decay due to periodontal disease, you will be left with an empty space in your mouth. This space is more than a cosmetic concern as an empty space in your smile can cause further tooth decay and bone loss. Implants promote the growth of new, healthy bone tissue, unlike other tooth replacement options.
Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment
You will need an experienced, highly-trained dentist to perform the dental implant procedure, which is why Dr. Spink wants you to consider Spink Dentistry for your dental implant needs. Dr. Spink believes in empowering his patients to improve their own oral health and have the smile of their dreams. To see if Spink Dentistry would be a good choice to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call 205.235.5043 today.