Dental implants are now routinely employed to replace one or more missing teeth, and also to stabilize and anchor dentures. In the past few years, advancements made in implant procedures and materials have made them available, and preferable, for many more applications. They have all but replaced the use of the more troublesome bridge.
Replacing a missing tooth with an implant has many wonderful advantages. First of all, the two adjoining teeth do not have to be ground down to create suitable platforms that will properly support a bridge. Implants also feel much like original teeth, something that implant recipients rave about. Implants do not require the use of special brushes or other devices, such as those required to properly clean under bridges. Also, implants do not leave a small gap where food can become trapped and harbor bacteria. Dental implants also effectively prevent malocclusion (the imperfect positioning of teeth).
Denture wearers have found that when implants are used to anchor their dentures, their quality of life instantly improves: eating and chewing are easier; the dentures feel more natural and more stable; denture shifting is all but eliminated, and even the troublesome lower dentures remain firmly in place. And finally, the clarity of their speech is almost always improved. Patients report that these highly desirable effects dramatically increase their confidence.
If you’ve lost a tooth, or wear dentures, dental implants might be exactly the course of treatment that’s best for you and your lifestyle. Doctor McFarland will discuss the dental implant option with you, so you can decide the best treatment course for your situation.
Doctor McFarland has been a dentist in Miles City since 1993. As the head of a full service family dental practice, Doctor McFarland performs all dental procedures including cosmetic and restoration; dentures; dental bonding; bridges; crowns; implants; veneers; teeth whitening; sealants; fluoride treatments; root canals and more. McFarland Family Dentistry also maintains its own laboratory, fabrication and x-ray facilities to ensure patients receive the very best care with as few visits as possible.