Dr. J. Otis Hurst with Preferred Family Dental says dental implants can replace missing teeth with results that look and feel natural.
Dayton, OH – It’s often said that dental implants were a revolutionary step forward in the field of restorative dentistry, giving patients an advanced alternative to traditional dentures and results that felt more like natural teeth. Dr. J. Otis Hurst, a Dayton dentist at Preferred Family Dental, says dental implants are now a standard treatment option to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth with permanent results. He notes that dental implants offer patients from virtually all walks of life the opportunity to enhance both the function and appearance of their teeth without the drawbacks that can come from dentures or other missing teeth replacement options.
Dental implants are small posts composed of a strong titanium material. Surgically placed in the area of the missing tooth or teeth, dental implants are designed to fuse to the jawbone and serve as an artificial tooth root. Once the implant has become a permanent part of the patient’s mouth, a customized dental crown is placed on top of the post to provide the final touch. The crown is made to provide the most natural fit, feel, and appearance possible. Dr. Hurst says dental implants offer numerous benefits that often make them more desirable alternatives to dentures or bridges, including:
- Improved chewing and speaking
- A more natural appearance
- No movement or slippage along the gums
- Preservation of the jaw bone and reduction in the loss of soft tissue
- No maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing is required
- Adjacent teeth do not typically need to be reshaped or filed down
- Results are usually permanent
Dr. Hurst says candidates for dental implants are typically those who have missing teeth, are in reasonably good health, and have adequate jawbone density in the treatment area to accommodate the dental implant. He says, while dental implants may not be the right option for every patient, many people are candidates for the procedure and can successfully restore both aesthetics and function of their teeth with this advanced treatment.
When considering options to replace missing teeth, Dr. Hurst says it’s very important that individuals consult with an experienced dentist for a comprehensive oral evaluation. Once this has taken place and the patient has been determined to be a good candidate, Dr. Hurst notes that a custom-designed treatment plan can be created to provide the best possible results and a winning new smile.
About J. Otis Hurst, DDS
Dr. J. Otis Hurst is the head of Preferred Family Dental, a practice offering restorative, cosmetic, and family dentistry options for patients in Dayton and surrounding areas. Dr. Hurst is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Dental Association, the Dayton Dental Society, and the Ohio Dental Association. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Hurst serves on the staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, followed by completion of his General Practice Dental Residency at Miami Valley Hospital. Dr. Hurst has also continued his dental education at the The Misch Implant Institute and the Kois Center®. He is available for interview upon request.
Preferred Family Dental
9000 N. Main St. Ste. 207
Dayton, OH 45415