There are many misperceptions about dental implants. What with the barrage of advertising, media coverage, infomercials, and seminars, one could easily think that dental implants are the solution to all dental situations, and that dental implants can address one's frustrations with previous dental care.
Let me be the first to say "The King Has No Clothes", that is to say, the truth about dental implants – what they are and what they are not. Dental implants are simply 'anchors' implanted into the bone - functioning as retentive points for attached dental and prosthetic devices, much as natural teeth can do. Dental implants do not magically confer pretty teeth or great smiles. Only a smile designer, one who is a true artist, can create beautiful teeth and an attractive overall facial appearance. Since most dentists are not artists, and are not trained as artists, they rely on laboratories to produce artificial teeth and devices without ever seeing patients (and, of course, they shouldn't), and the laboratories cannot produce what the dentist cannot envision and communicate, ensuring unsatisfactory or average results.
So where are dental implants used and justified? One answer is where nothing else works to replace missing teeth. Another application is when a patient values rigidity and high retention of their dental and prosthetic restorations. And yet another would be if a patient simply wants implant retained restorations.
At the Appearance Center we certainly employ the incorporation of dental implants in the care of our patients, after all options and preferences have been considered and discussed with each patient. Most importantly we provide each of our patient's finished case with teeth and smiles harmonious with and complimenting individual facial characteristics and personalities.