19Jun

Living with an incomplete smile is, for many people, a daily struggle. Tooth loss obviously creates aesthetic issues, but it can also destabilize the health of the patient’s smile.

That is why our Medford dentists are committed to offering restorative, tooth replacement treatments that look great, and work to support the patient’s oral health. One such treatment is the dental implant.

A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is designed to mimic the structure and appearance of a natural tooth. The primary thing that sets a dental implant apart from other replacement teeth—like bridges and dentures—is that the dental implant has a titanium root that extends into the patient’s jawbone. This root, which is shaped like a screw or a post, serves the function of the (now missing) natural tooth root.

As you would imagine, the titanium root of the implant keeps the dental implant replacement tooth in place permanently. It also helps to prevent the patient’s remaining natural teeth from shifting along the gum line. Additionally, the implant root helps to bolster and support the patient’s natural jawbone tissue.

In many cases, dental implants are used individually to replace specific missing teeth. So, one dental implant replaces one tooth. However, our dental team can also use a handful of dental implant roots to permanently anchor larger dental prostheses, like dentures. In these situation, our team will place titanium roots in a few strategically selected spots along the gum line. When you meet with our dental team, we’ll assess your smile, and give you a better idea of what type of tooth replacement treatment might be right for your situation.

The dental implant is far and away the most state-of-the-art tooth replacement option available today. These attractive, permanent, and stable replacement teeth are as close to new natural teeth as you can get!

If you want to learn more about all of your tooth replacement options, including dental implants, please don’t hesitate to contact our Medford dental implant dentists, either by phone or through the Contact Us page on our site.

05Jun

Welcome to the new blog of Dr. Vareldzis at Hillcrest Family Dentistry! Here you’ll find all kinds of information on the services we offer, advancements in dentistry, and patient success stories. We hope that this blog is a useful resource for you, as you move forward on your dental journey.

Today, we’re going to take a moment to briefly outline some of the treatments we offer here in our Medford dental office. You can always contact our dental team to get more information about the services we offer, as well as our treatment philosophy. Let’s get started!

At Hillcrest Family Dentistry, we provide dental care for the entire family. From semi-annual professional cleanings, to cavity treatment, to gum disease care, we have you covered. The American Dental Association recommends that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so; when you come in for an assessment with our team, we’ll let you know if you need to be on a different cleaning schedule due to ongoing oral health issues.

Our office also provides emergency dentistry services. So, when you’re faced with an unexpected dental trauma, you know that you can get the treatment and support you need in our office. One technology that allows us to offer state-of-the-art emergency care is CEREC crown technology; using CEREC, you can get the crown you need in just one appointment.

Dr. Vareldzis also treats sleep apnea and TMJ dysfunction to help our patients build and maintain healthy smiles. In general, we treat these conditions with unobtrusive, comfortable oral appliances. We have found that that these effective treatment solutions deliver exceptional results, and are comfortable and simple for patients to use.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our Medford dentists are here to help you achieve your dream smile. The best way to get started is to contact our office to schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you, and helping you reach your dental goals!