Not only can missing or badly damaged teeth have a dramatic and negative effect on an individual’s smile, they can also interfere with normal functions such as talking and chewing as well as jaw alignment. The only solution to these problems in the past was to replace severely damaged or missing teeth with a removable partial denture or a dentures. However, one of the main disadvantages of using removable dentures is the resulting lack of a tooth root and the resorption or collapse of bone. The missing bone in the structure of the face most often leads to loss of facial structure integrity and characteristics that age the facial appearance.
Dental implants can arrest the bone resorption that commonly occurs when a tooth is missing. The dental implants are then used as the ‘anchor’ for a beautiful new tooth. Dental implants, virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth may be the best cosmetic and functional solution used to restore one or multiple lost or missing teeth. Dr. Davis has been a profession leader in dental implants rehabilitation since the early 1980’s and has lectured nationally and locally.
In addition to the use of dental implants for replacing single or multiple missing or damaged teeth, dental implants can also be used to anchor full or partial removable dentures. This provides much greater retention and security than traditional techniques.
Removable partial dentures are usually retained by the use of clasps and rests on teeth adjacent to the missing teeth. These unsightly attachments often place enormous stress on teeth involved and may lead to problems in later years such as decay, periodontal disease, or additional tooth loss. Dr. Davis carefully selects ideal sites for dental implants to act as anchors and subsequently places attachments inside the denture where they can’t be seen.
Dr. Davis can also eliminate the need for the removable appliance by replacing most or all of the missing teeth with crowns supported by dental implants.
Full dentures depend on the shape of the residual bone, the quantity and quality of the saliva and suction for retention. The longer dentures are worn the more bone loss occurs. To make matters worse, as we age there is a tendency for a decrease in salivary flow. The solution to this problem could be the placement of dental implants to provide retention and support or replace the denture with a fixed bridge entirely supported by dental implants.
Dr. Davis works with a team of highly trained specialist to place necessary dental implants in specific location(s) that he determines are the best for his patients needs.