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Blake Dental Arts


(941) 792-0260

George H. Burgess, D.D.S., P.A.

Dental Implants

PDM_Dental_Implant_Placement.jpgNearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 40 have lost at least one tooth to decay, injury, or gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, it is critical to replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. While treatments like bridges and dentures are still commonly used in place of natural teeth, dental implants are now the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are removable and rest on the gums, so they are known to slip and slide around in the mouth. This can affect speech and eating, causing embarrassment or discomfort for the wearer. Even the best-fitting dentures cannot mimic the stability and support of natural teeth. 

Dental implants are the next best thing to having your own natural, healthy teeth. No other treatment for replacing missing teeth can compare to the stability and longevity dental implants offer. Only implants are surgically rooted into the gums and have the ability to bond with the jaw bone and stimulate bone development. While dentures and bridges will eventually break down and need to be replaced, dental implants are made from titanium, so they are impervious to decay. Dental implant technology has been continually evolving over the last two decades, but one thing remains certain: they can stand the test of time. In fact, patients who received implants in the 1980s and 1990s still report optimal performance and functionality. 

With proper care, dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. Just like your natural teeth, practicing good oral hygiene will help ensure that they last a lifetime.