Bethlehem, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/27/2015 -- For anyone wishing to replace missing teeth, Dr. Thomas Lambert of Always About Smiles strongly recommends dental implants as an effective long-term solution. Not only do implants restore function and beauty, they also provide excellent structural support and are more durable than either bridges or dentures.
"Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded," explains Dr. Lambert, "The placement of dental implants can help prevent jawbone loss, a very typical problem associated with missing teeth."
Dental implants are 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 crown or new tooth.
Dr. Lambert adds, "Implants are comfortable, do not interfere with speech, and allow you to eat what you want. In addition, recent advancements have made them more affordable than ever."
Before the development of dental implants, an individual with a missing tooth or teeth would either get a dental bridge or simply put up with a gap in their smile. Neither solution was ideal as dental bridges required at least one tooth to be sacrificed, while ignoring the problem meant having to put up with poorer oral function, diet, and general health, as well as an unsatisfactory appearance.
"Constant denture relining and shifting, dietary restrictions and jaw shrinkage are issues many people with missing teeth will encounter. For our patients who want to avoid these problems, we believe implants are the best solution dentistry has to offer," remarks Dr. Lambert.
In general, dental implants are ideal for a patient who:
a) has healthy oral tissues,
b) has a jawbone that has reached full growth,
c) is unable or unwilling to wear dentures, and
d) is able and willing to commit several months to the implant process
About Dr. Lambert
Dr. Lambert is constantly attending lectures and continuing education courses in order to bring his patients the latest and best in patient comfort, accurate diagnoses and state-of-the-art technology and techniques. He has clocked more than 2,600 hours of advanced training in various dental disciplines, including dental implants.
To make an appointment with Dr. Lambert, call 610-868-9928.