The Woodlands, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/25/2014 -- For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, Dr. Kelly Leblanc of Bear Branch Dental in The Woodlands, TX has found that dental implants can be an effective long-term solution. Implants provide greater structural support and last longer than either metal or ceramic bridges or dentures.
Dr. LeBlanc explains, “Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. The placement of dental implants can help prevent the loss of jawbone, a very typical problem associated with missing teeth. We will put in a natural looking bridge or crown (restoration) on the implant “root” and you will never know you had a missing tooth.”
Dental implants are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. The procedure to insert dental implants typically involves three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration or new tooth.
“We also are able to make use of dental implants in order to secure dentures and partial dentures,” notes Dr. LeBlanc. “Constant denture relining and shifting, dietary restrictions and jaw shrinkage are what many people with missing teeth have to look forward to. For our patients who want to avoid these problems, we believe implants are the best dentistry has to offer,” remarks Dr. Kelly LeBlanc.
If you have ever observed another person with a walking cast, you have observed the concept of load-bearing bone growth in action. In other words, whenever bodyweight is placed on the bone, it gets stronger and gets more dense to allow for the stress.
“If you are missing a tooth, the complete opposite happens. Whenever you chew food, there is no stress being placed on the jaw bone where that tooth is missing. With every passing day, the bone gets a little bit smaller until you could have an obvious indent in the bone,” comments Dr. LeBlanc.
On the other hand, since the dental implant acts similar to a natural tooth root it transmits pressure to the jawbone every time you chew and, thus, helps prevent bone reduction, allowing for your jawbone to maintain its original strength and integrity.
“Implants do not interfere with speech, eating or comfort. Recent advancements make implants easier and more affordable than ever. The natural, esthetic look of the restorations is another benefit,” states Dr. LeBlanc.
About Dr. Kelly LeBlanc
Dr. Kelly LeBlanc uses the latest in dentistry techniques to provide you with a beautiful and healthy smile. Additionally, he believes strongly in education to prevent oral health problems before they occur. What makes Dr. Kelly LeBlanc unique is that he made the cover of “Living” Champions Edition in March 2011, he was selected as one of the “Top Dentists in America” in 2006-2012 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, he offers a Lifetime Guarantee on all permanent dental work and he is certified in oral sedation dentistry.