Thursday , May 10, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Summer is just around the corner, and that means steak fresh off the grill, frozen treats and corn on the cob.
If that sounds painful because of bad or missing teeth, there is still hope you can enjoy your favorite summer treats.
If it hurts too bad to chew or you don’t want to lose a tooth while eating, dental implants may be a solution.
A dental implant is a titanium “root” device used to support tooth restorations that resemble the real thing. They can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.
The implants make it much easier to eat, particularly when it comes to foods that are sticky or require a lot of chewing, according to dental experts at Affleck Dental in Clearfield.
“What really differentiates Affleck Dental is we have all of the training to make everything look beautiful, but we also have the understanding and knowledge to make sure things are going to last and that they are going to work,” Dr. Michael Affleck said.
Dr. Affleck is a prosthodontist at Affleck Dental. He completed dental school at the University of Iowa, followed by three years of additional training as a prosthodontist — a dentist who fixes severely damaged teeth and replaces missing teeth.
About half of Dr. Affleck's practice consists of general dentistry, and he dedicates the other half of his time to prosthodontics.
In recent months, Dr. Affleck has seen a high need for cosmetic dentistry and implants.
Dr. Affleck can do simple single tooth implants or “Teeth in a Day,” in which a patient can transition easily from having no teeth or missing teeth to fixed, non-removable teeth mounted on implants — all in one procedure.
Anyone who is missing a tooth or who may need to lose some teeth is a candidate for implants and some insurance plans may cover it.
“More insurances are covering it now more than ever before and we do free consultations so people can find out,” he said. “This is such an exciting time in dentistry with both technology and knowledge that so many wonderful options are available to people.”
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Affleck, call 801-782-5010.
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