Mark D. Phipps, D.D.S. - Implants & General Dentistry

Dr. Phipps is a recognized Master with The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Rather than resting on the gumline like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are surgically placed in the jawbone.
 
69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. You are not alone! Furthermore by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
 
Twenty years ago, these folks would have had no alternative but to use a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Bridges and dentures however are not the perfect solution and often bring with them other problems.
Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking.  Many people have difficulty tolerating coverage of the palate that comes with a full upper denture. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing.  Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every seven to 15 years.
 





 
Today there is another option for patients who are missing permanent teeth. Rather than resting on the gumline like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are placed in the jawbone. Composed of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration," dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth", and never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges.  Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally not a problem. 
 
After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed in the United States continue to still function at peak performance. More importantly, the recipients of those early dental implants are still satisfied they made the right choice. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime! 
 
Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. 

Dr. Phipps DDS,MICOI
Master, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Member ADA, CDA and SDDS 

Mark D Phipps DDS is a Fellow with  the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
 

Call our office and tell the receptionist you would like a Free Implant Consultation with Dr. Phipps.  Find out the right solution for you today!  530-885-0697