Posts for tag: dental implants

By Russell Forrest, DDS
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you reminded that you lost a tooth every time you smile or take a bite of food? Tooth loss doesn't have to change your life or your smile. Dental implants offer a simple, long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Russell Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, explains how you can restore your smile with implants.

No more gaps

Getting rid of gaps in your smile can give you a crucial self-esteem boost. A bright, healthy smile may help you feel more at ease in both social and business situations. Plus, you'll never have to worry about hiding your smile again in photographs after you receive a dental implant.

A complete tooth restoration choice

Dentures and bridges replace lost teeth above the gum line, but they can't replace roots, unlike dental implants. Replacing your entire tooth results in a more stable restoration, which makes biting and chewing much easier and comfortable.

The implant process begins when your Topeka dentist makes a hole in your jawbone for a titanium implant. The implant doesn't just rest in the opening, but actually bonds to your jawbone. Bonding usually takes about three to six months. Once your dentist is sure that your implant has bonded, he'll add a crown to the top of it. The crown closes the gap in your smile and restores your chewing ability.

A versatile option

Would you like to replace your teeth but are concerned that you've lost too many to take advantage of the benefits of dental implants? Implants are an excellent option if you've lost one tooth, but they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer increased comfort and better biting power than traditional dentures. In most cases, you'll only need four to six implants to support an entire row of false teeth.

Better biting and chewing

It can be challenging to chew food after you lose a tooth. Ripping and grinding food can be impossible without your missing tooth. Your gap may also tend to trap pieces of food. When you choose dental implants, you'll be able to bite into the hardest, toughest foods without a problem and won't have to worry about food getting stuck in your gap anymore.

Are you ready to transform your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Forrest, your Topeka, KS, dentist, at (785) 266-0330 to schedule your appointment.

By Russell Forrest, DDS
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Can Dental Implants Work for Me? What you need to know about how dental implants work.

In the past, if you had to have teeth removed, you could only replace them with bridges, partials or dentures. Now, a popular choice is dental implants. If you are missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to choose the most natural looking, most permanent option for tooth dental implantsreplacement. You should also seek out the best, like Dr. Russell Forrest, your family dentist and implant expert in Topeka, Kansas.

Dental implants are placed in your jawbone, and over time, the implant fuses with your bone. The implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw, just like your natural teeth. It becomes the “root” of your missing tooth. After your tissue has healed around the implant, your implant is capped with a beautiful natural looking crown. Certain types of implants contain both the crown and implant in one piece. Dr. Forrest will recommend the type of implant which is best for you after an examination.

The dental implant itself is made of titanium, a strong material which is also uniquely compatible with your tissue and bone. Your body is less likely to reject the implant. Dental implants boast a high success rate of more than 95 percent, the highest of any surgical implant!

When you compare the advantages of dental implants over bridges, partials and dentures, you will find:

  • Dental implants can be cleaned in your mouth right along with your existing teeth, making them much more convenient than other tooth replacement options.
  • Dental implants stay put when you are speaking and eating, increasing your confidence. Dentures and partials can move around in your mouth.
  • Dental implants don’t need the surrounding teeth to be prepared, unlike bridgework, which requires at least two healthy teeth to be altered by restorative treatment.

Dental implants are the most natural looking option to replace missing teeth, and unlike partials and dentures, implants become part of your mouth.

If you are thinking about dental implants and how they might work for you, come in and visit with Dr. Russell Forrest, your neighborhood expert on dental implants in Topeka, Kansas. Dental implants are an investment, so invest in the best. Call Dr. Forrest today and be on your way to a new smile!