Dental Implants Save Your Smile

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
March 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Losing teeth is always a traumatic experience. Whether through an accident or sports related injury or by way of an extraction due to dental implantstooth decay and gum disease, there really is never a good time to lose a tooth (except in childhood of course, in which case it is just the cutest thing ever). In the past, there weren't many options for adults in need of replacement teeth, besides dentures or crowns and bridges, depending on the condition of the gums and the stability of the surrounding teeth.

While the biggest concern for most people after losing teeth tends to be what their smile and face will look like (and rightfully so - we do live in an "image is everything" society, after all), tooth loss also affects what happens above the gum line, and impacts the health and stability of the remaining teeth.

Implant Dentistry in McCandless, PA

Luckily, revolutionary modern inventions have not been limited to smartphones and wearable technology that can tell us how little physical activity we're getting at the touch of a button. The tools of implant dentistry allow Dr. Gary W. Machiko, a dentist in McCandless, PA, to replace the root of a missing tooth, as well as the crown.

A dental implant is surgically placed in the gums, where it fuses to the surrounding bone tissue, and serves as an anchor to the crown, the shiny, pretty portion of the tooth that is visible to the world via our Facebook and Instagram feeds. In addition to providing greater stability and a more permanent replacement to the tooth itself, replacing the root also helps to prevent further bone loss in the gums, as well as shifting of the other teeth. An implant is the closest thing to the design of a natural tooth, and a good alternative to dentures for patients in good health with enough remaining healthy bone tissue in the gums.

Dentist in McCandless, PA

Dental implants are the next best thing to a natural tooth. For more information on how implant dentistry can fix your smile and maintain the health of your gums and the rest of your teeth, contact Dr. Gary W. Machiko at (724) 719-2866 to schedule a consultation today.