Mark D. Phipps, D.D.S. - Implants & General Dentistry
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Dental Implants - Making You Smile, Modern Restorative and Esthetic Dental Solutions

Attractive, natural-looking teeth help us look and feel our best.  They let us enjoy the foods we love. And they allow us to be naturally confident where it really counts-at home, on the job, on the playing field, but especially on the inside. 
That is why the loss or damage of even a single tooth can have a considerable impact on everyday life and self-esteem.  Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a variety of ways to restore or replace teeth.  In fact, with today’s latest technologies and materials, individual teeth-or even entire rows of teeth – can be replaced for natural-looking appearance and restored function.
Missing teeth can and should be replaced.  This is because each and every gap in your tooth placement potentially poses problems to your long-term dental health.  In fact, even one missing tooth can ultimately lead to the loss of additional teeth and, ultimately, a permanent change in your facial appearance.
People lose their teeth for many reasons – from accident and illness to deficient care.  Whatever the reason, the immediate consequences can have a negative impact on one’s quality of life.  People may no longer eat many of the foods they once enjoyed.  Self-conscious about their physical appearance, they stop laughing and smiling spontaneously.
Unfortunately, these short-term changes may only be the beginning.  Adjacent teeth can collapse into the gap, while teeth in the opposing jaw can grow into the gap.  Long-term missing teeth also cause the bone to be resorbed – or to gradually break down.  This weakens the adjacent teeth until they, too, can fall out.  In short, the loss of even a single tooth can unleash a chain reaction which, left unchecked, can lead to even more permanent, irreversible physical damage.
Dental implants are artificial roots that serve as a replacement for missing teeth.  Research indicates that dental implants biocompatible surfaces actually stimulate  the required fusion with the bone.  Once that has been achieved, the crown, bridge, or whole tooth replacement can be fixed to the implant or implants to feel and function like natural teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges are replacement teeth that are individually produced to meet your own personal needs.  It is recognized that all-ceramic crowns and bridges offer the best esthetic solution.  They are custom shaded to match your own natural teeth.
Implants can be used for all kinds of restorations.  Unlike a traditional bridge, a single implant restoration replaces a tooth without the need to grind down the adjacent teeth.  Bridges anchored with an implant are free standing and do not rely on the support of the surrounding teeth.  Fixing a partial restoration on implants also avoids the need for less esthetic anchoring methods, like clasps.
Dental implants deliver a proven, successful solution, help you maintain a youthful appearance, preserve your healthy teeth, with a solution that is comfortable and lasts providing stable retention and security.
If you have been thinking about implants, you would like more information about, or would like to explore implants for yourself or a loved one, call our office today and schedule a Free Implant Consultation including in office digital x-rays.  530-885-0697  You CAN have the smile you want and the feeling of comfort and function that you desire.

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