Dental implants are rising in popularity as a treatment for patients that are missing or have damaged teeth due to infection, decay, or injury. Dental implants restore the appearance and use of your smile, while also preserving and promoting your overall oral health.
Dr. J. Stephen Hoard of New Bern, NC is affiliated with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society. He instructs other dentists in the art of performing cutting edge cosmetic dental procedures at the renowned Dawson Academy. With over 31 years in practice, Dr. Hoard proudly performs affordable dental implant procedures at his New Bern office.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants begin with titanium implant screws designed to mimic the natural roots of teeth. This screw is surgically implanted — hence the name of the treatment — in the jaw bone and a fully functional prosthetic tooth (a crown) is mounted on top. Dental implants can replace one one missing tooth, or many at once, using dental implants to support a full arch of dentures.
Who Needs Dental Implants?
Dental implants can offer Dr. Hoard’s patients advantages over more established missing tooth replacement options such as dentures and bridges. Implants need no special care or cleaning besides the same conscientious care you should be providing to all your teeth. This care involves brushing twice daily, flossing every day and seeing Dr. Hoard or your area dentist every 6 months for examinations and thorough cleanings.
Implants also preserve the health of jaw bone and gum tissue in your mouth. This can prevent facial regression — shrinking of the mouth due to receding bone and gums — and reducing the risk of gum disease and additional tooth loss due to teeth shifting. Dental implants help support a healthy, natural bite, while allowing patients to enjoy a diet without restriction. Therefore, dental implants preserve your oral health while also restoring the appearance of your smile.
Where to Find Dental Implant Treatment
To perform a dental implant procedure, you’ll want an experienced, highly-trained dentist, which is why Dr. Hoard wants you to consider his practice for affordable dental implants. Dr. Hoard believes in empowering his patients to take ownership of their oral health and have the smile of their dreams. To see if Dr. J. Stephen Hoard would be a good fit to perform your dental implant procedure, schedule a consultation online or call (252) 507-0373 today.