Columbia, SC (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Dr. Gregg W. McKenzie now works with patients of all ages who have lost teeth, through excessive decay, accident, injury and advanced gum disease. No matter why teeth are missing, the bone begins the process of resorption. Dental implants actually integrate with the bone causing the bone to regenerate. As a practicing periodontist, Dr. McKenzie utilizes implants to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are composed of several components. The titanium implant itself is surgically placed in the bone and the titanium actually integrates or fuses with the bone over time. This means that it will become as strong as or stronger than a natural tooth, actually stimulating the natural process of bone regeneration. An abutment is placed on top of the implant after healing. The abutment receives the final crown which is designed to mimic the natural tooth in size, shape, color and function.
The periodontist carefully plans for the ideal location for implants so they are in proper position for function. This can improve both chewing function and speaking. With missing teeth, the bone degenerates over time, resulting in the possibility of remaining teeth losing bone, shifting or migration. This can impact the way a person speaks, functions and smiles.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. They have been used successfully for more than twenty years and are more often considered the treatment of choice for long-term replacement. To learn more about dental implants and the surgical process employed, visit http://www.mckenzieperio.com.
Gregg W. McKenzie, DDS, Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is a periodontal practice offering patients personalized dental care in Columbia, SC since 1980. Dr. McKenzie has a B.S. in Microbiology from McNeese State University, and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He went on to complete a periodontal residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is part of the one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared laser procedure for periodontal disease. To learn more about Gregg W. McKenzie, DDS Periodontics & Implant Dentistry and their dental services visit their website at http://www.mckenzieperio.com.