Dental Implants: What we do best.
After dental school, Dr. Bulloch attended four additional years of school training in the art and science of dental implants. Since graduating, he has place several thousand dental implants throughout his practice.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant can be used to replace missing teeth, stabilize loose fitting dentures or support a bridge. Similar to natural teeth, the surface of dental implants can replace one tooth, several teeth or all teeth at the same time.
Dental implants vs. bridges
The average lifespan of a bridge is seven to ten years. The design requires significant drilling and grinding into healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. If the connection of the bridge to either of the neighboring teeth fails, the entire structure can be damaged and must be replaced.
Dental implants vs. partial & conventional dentures
Partial dentures are false teeth that snap onto the remaining healthy teeth. They create stress on the neighboring teeth and contribute to additional teeth loss over time. Partial and full dentures may not fit properly and need to be removed frequently to be cleaned.
Full dentures only provide 10-20% of the biting capacity of normal teeth and therefore require getting used to. Denture adhesives help with stability, but often melt with hot foods or drinks; impacting the flavor of your food.
Who can get dental implants?
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to come in for a free consultation. Advances in implant design have made implants a viable option for almost all patients. Most implants are a simple fit, but some require a buildup of the bone, using synthetic materials or other preparation. A consultation would answer any questions you may have regarding possible treatments and costs.