Alexandria, VA -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/13/2015 -- Not long ago, patients with missing teeth had only a few options for restoration, which included bridges or dentures. With advancements in dentistry, a new method of replacing missing teeth is now available—dental implants. This has allowed Dr. Eddie Longman of Alexandria Old Town Dental to restore the beauty and function of his patients' smiles.
Dr. Longman has found that dental implants can be an effective long-term solution for missing teeth as they provide greater structural support and last longer than bridges or dentures. With proper care and maintenance, implants can even last a lifetime.
Dental implants are almost perfect replicas of natural teeth—they look and feel so natural that the patient may forget they had ever lost a tooth. They can also help prevent the loss of jawbone, a common problem associated with missing teeth. As Dr. Longman explains, "These implants don't interfere with speech or eating and are very comfortable. Recent advancements make dental implants easier and more affordable than ever. The natural, esthetic look of the crowns is another benefit."
Dental implants may be suitable for individuals who:
- have one or more missing teeth,
- have a jawbone that has reached full growth,
- are unable or unwilling to wear dentures, or
- are able and willing to commit several months to the implant process.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures securely. "Constant denture relining and shifting, dietary restrictions, and jaw shrinkage are some of the problems that people with dentures have to worry about. We believe implants are the best solution dentistry has to offer," emphasizes Dr. Longman. He explains the procedure thoroughly beforehand so that patients are able to make a more informed decision between dental implants and other types of restorations.
About Dr. Longman
Dr. Longman is driven by his compassion for his patients and dedication to keeping up with the latest dental technology. Getting to know patients and treating them with the most effective cosmetic and restorative methods are what sets his successful 40-year-old practice apart from many others.
To make an appointment with Dr. Longman, call 703-549-1331.