Implant dentistry is the most predictable, long term solution for tooth loss. Dental implants are artiﬁcial titanium tooth roots that are placed painlessly into the bone of the jaw. The implants are then screwed to an abutment that replicates a tooth that has been prepared for a crown. On the abutment, we place ceramic crowns that reproduce the natural teeth.
Our success rates for dental implants greatly relies on the overall health of the patient, the location of the missing tooth, the bite force, and the amount of (and quality of) bone in the jaw. It used to be that dentures and bridges were the only option for tooth replacement. In the last 20 years implants have given us options that we never had in improving the lives on many individuals. Implant placement is sometimes done at the time of tooth extraction and is referred to as an immediate implant. In other instances it is necessary to extract, place artiﬁcial bone in the area, and wait.
Patients who are interested in dental implants must be a good candidate. During the initial consultation visit, we speak with patients to ﬁnd out what their primary desires are, and work with them in making their goals achievable. In some cases, if patients do not have enough bone, they may be better suited for bridges or dentures. These are also effective solutions but are typically not as long-lasting as dental implants are. However, they can be wonderful alternatives when necessary.
Dr. Greg J Herd and his Associates are well versed in the placement and restoration of implants and recommends them when appropriate. For individuals who have felt “stuck” with dentures, we have the ability to replace the missing teeth with a restoration that is both natural in appearance and function at its best to allow patients to smile without any worries. If dental implants interest you, feel free to schedule a consult.
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Beneﬁts of Dental Implants
Improved oral health
Dental implants are stand-alone restorations, or they can be used to hold a bridge or denture in place. They allow patients to take good care of their smile, brushing and ﬂossing the area as they do their existing teeth.
Dental implants are extremely strong. The biting and chewing forces are carried to the bone, providing the ultimate in strength. Functionality is important to many patients, especially those who have been unhappy with the use of bridges or dentures.
The success rate of dental implants is extremely high, 98% of dental implant procedures result in permanent restoration. When patients maintain visits to their dentist and properly care for their smile every day, they can enjoy their dental implant for a lifetime!
Dental implants are permanent and do not require any special care. Patients do not have to worry about them falling out as they do dentures, and can reduce the need for dealing with messy denture adhesives or the worry of having their restoration fall out while socializing with others—a common complaint of denture-wearers.
Dental implants can help improve the appearance of their smile while allowing patients to enjoy improved speech and eating abilities. Form follows function, and patients have the ability to custom-create their new tooth replacement with Dr. Greg J Herd DDS and Associates for a beautiful smile!
Many dentists love placing implants because once they are integrated into the bone, they can last a lifetime. Placement is extremely successful and patients love the ease of receiving their dental implants.
Dr.Greg J Herd DDS and Associates are proud to offer dental implants, depending on the needs of his patients. He serves new and existing patients in his state-of-the-art facility and loves helping individuals in restoring the beauty and function of their smiles.
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Our Dedication To Dentistry
Part of our dedication to our patients is seen in the level of skill with which Dr. Greg J Herd DDS and Associates provides care. Another part is more behind the scenes. We understand that designing beautiful restorations is only one piece of the puzzle. The other has to do with the fabrication process, which is a crucial part of obtaining optimal results.
Our patients beneﬁt from clear communication that begins at the initial consultation for care, and continues on until the ﬁnal restoration is placed. Our dental lab has been carefully chosen based on experience and success at taking our speciﬁcations and creating natural-looking smile enhancements.
Cosmetic dentistry is focused on elevating the beauty of the smile. Though there is a standard menu of services, such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, from which to choose, we recognize the individuality of each patient. What best suits your smile may not be ideal for someone else’s, and vice versa. We do not simply provide cookie-cutter cosmetic treatment. Our patients are unique individuals and we design treatment around each person’s particular needs and wishes, taking into consideration the facets of aesthetics that will best suit complexion, the smile as a whole, and facial structure. Your smile is all yours, and should be treated as such.
Dr. Greg J Herd DDS and Associates ensures an optimal outcome from treatment by taking speciﬁc steps, which begin with listening to your concerns and desires about and for your smile. Imaging that includes photographs and x-rays, when necessary, are taken and a diagnostic wax-up is often made so that you can see what your new smile will look like before approving treatment.
A diagnostic study model may be made, and consultation with specialists such as an orthodontist or periodontist may take place, depending on the extent of care. These steps are important to us because the end result is important to you.
Reach your smile goals with a team that truly cares. Call our ofﬁce to schedule your consultation.