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New Port Richey, FL 34655
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By James C. Lewis, DMD
December 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Don’t let tooth loss get you down. Find out how dental implants can lift your spirits and your smile.

It isn’t surprising to hear that those suffering from tooth loss can feel embarrassed and extremely self-conscious about their smiles. After dental implantsall, you once had a full smile that you probably had no qualms about showing off but now you might actually hide your smile from those around you. If this sounds like something you are dealing with then turn to our New Port Richey, FL dentist, Dr. James Lewis, for the care you deserve to get your smile back on track.

What are dental implants?

These small metal restorations are placed into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth roots to support a dental crown, bridge or even a full set of removable dentures.

How do they work?

Made from a biocompatible metal like titanium, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone to act just like natural tooth roots. Over the course of a couple months, the implant will begin to fuse together naturally with the jawbone and surrounding tissue. As a result, you will now have a strong, durable foundation from which to firmly support an artificial tooth. Since implants meld together with your bone and tissue you will have a restoration that will remain for life, if you care for it and maintain it properly.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

Anyone who is healthy and is missing one or more teeth might be a great candidate for dental implants. Of course, the only way to truly find out is to visit our New Port Richey cosmetic dentist for an evaluation. Here are some factors that go into figuring out whether dental implants are right for you:

Your health: This is a major factor! Patients must maintain both the best oral and general health possible. Since you will have to undergo a couple procedures in order to get implants it’s important that your body is strong and healthy enough for the extensive healing periods ahead. Those with gum disease, dental infections or other smile problems will need to have these issues managed first and foremost. The same goes for chronic health problems like heart disease or diabetes.

Your lifestyle: If you are a smoker then you will want to quit before getting your implants. Smoking is detrimental to your oral health for so many reasons. From bad breath to increasing your chances of oral cancer and impeding healing, smoking is a terrible habit if you want healthy teeth. Also, those who smoke are also more likely to have implant failure. Furthermore, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the course of your treatment then implants might not be the best option for you.

Your dedication: We want to make sure that you are dedicated to good oral hygiene and to visiting us at least every six months for routine exams. A healthy smile will support a dental implant for many years, but if you aren’t someone who brushes or flosses as regularly as you should then implants might not be the right choice.

Don’t dental implants sound like an amazing restoration? We think so, too! If you want to treat your tooth loss and restore your smile then it’s time you turned to our New Port Richey, FL dental office for help.


Dentist New Port Richey FL James Lewis DMD

James Lewis, DMD

Dr. James Lewis prides himself on establishing personal relationships with his patients so he can help make their dreams of having a beautiful, healthy smile come true...

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