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Dental Implants: A Major Advance

No one enjoys having a gap in their smile – a space where a tooth used to be. A gap is unsightly, and can lead to serious problems down the road. This helps to explain why dental implants have become one of the fastest-growing procedures in modern dentistry.

It used to be that dental implants were out of the ordinary, almost like science fiction. Replace a tooth by attaching something to the jaw? Yet the transition has been made; today, dental implants are a part of mainstream dental care.

As sophisticated as implants are, the idea behind them is simple enough. A titanium post is surgically affixed to the jaw of the patient. This is the actual implant, and most are threaded, like a screw. Supporting structure and a restoration (the artificial tooth) sit on top of the implant.

This is fairly straight-forward, but of course, there is more to it than that. Once the implant has been inserted, there’s a period of recovery before the procedure can be completed. But once it is, the result is a fully functional tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.

Aside from an improved smile, one of the  great benefits of a dental implant is that they strengthen the patient’s jawbone. When a natural tooth’s root is missing and there is nothing in its place, the bone surrounding the hole weakens and gets fragile. There is a corresponding sunken look that can add years to the patient’s appearance. An implants helps prevent that.

Dental implants have come into their own. Many dentists perform them, but visiting an implants dentist is recommended. Choosing a member of the Crown Council is always a good decision, one that you can make with confidence.

The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of dental professionals who are passionately committed to their discipline. Active members of the Crown Council are also committed to continuing education and to the communities they serve. Whether it’s dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, or family dentistry, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice with a Crown Council dentist.