Are you keeping a secret?
Many adults are reluctant to seek treatment for missing teeth. Reasons for this include fear, lack of knowledge regarding current technology and embarrassment. Patients missing some or all of their teeth will keep this secret from their best friends and even their spouses. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to people with missing teeth. We are all familiar with the off color jokes and quips related to lower socioeconomic classes and missing teeth. Social interactions can be especially difficult for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. Just imagine yourself on a first date or having dinner with friends wondering whether any one will notice that you are wearing a denture.
The reality is that there are millions of patients who are completely edentulous (have no teeth) and millions more who are partially edentulous (missing some of their teeth). The number one reason adult patients lose their teeth is periodontal disease. This is an infectious disease related to your immune system and different types of bacteria. It has nothing to do with how much money you make or what state you are from.
Modern dental implants have been utilized to improve the lives of patients in the United States of America for over 30 years. The track record of safety and longevity is proven. Dental implants are devices that replace the missing roots and crowns of your natural teeth. The look and feel of a well placed and restored dental implant exceeds that of any other prosthetic alternative.
The process of replacing teeth with dental implants is not complex. Often implants can be placed at the time of the removal of a natural tooth. Some patients will require site preparation prior to implant placement. This is a procedure where the patient’s bone or a substitute is utilized to build a foundation for the dental implant. These outpatient surgical procedures are usually accomplished under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation.
Dr. Beckley and Dr. Liu, both board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are uniquely qualified to provide care to patients needing dental implants. Our surgeons partner with your general, cosmetic, or prosthodontic dentist to offer you the highest level of expertise, comfort, and aesthetics. To schedule your confidential complimentary implant consultation, please contact our office at 925-294-4000.
Michael L. Beckley, DDS
Oral and Facial Surgery