Hillsborough Dentist on Advantages of Dental Implants Versus Bridges
Dr. John Beckwith discusses recent advancements in the field of implant dentistry
Hillsborough, NJ – Dr. John Beckwith, a Hillsborough dentist, knows that some of the most innovative dental techniques of the past several years have occurred in the field of restorative dentistry and with dental implants in particular. At Cornerstone Dental, Dr. Beckwith considers dental implants and implant restoration procedures the new standard of care at his New Jersey practice.
According to Dr. Beckwith, when patients are missing many of their teeth, the use of two dental implants helps keep removable dentures solidly in place. The benefits of these dental implants include:
- More secure tooth structures
- Increased patient comfort
- Easier maintenance with tooth structures that act like natural teeth
- Increased retention of natural bone structure to help patients maintain a long-term, secure denture
Dr. Beckwith says for dentists employing state-of-the-art technology and techniques, using a dental implant for tooth replacement is now the mainstream solution. Through the use of dental implants, dentists no longer need to alter adjacent teeth in order to replace a missing tooth. The Hillsborough dentist also says dental implants can offer greater strength and longevity when compared to dental bridges. He adds that the implants actually fuse to the patient’s jawbone which allows them to act and function like a natural tooth in addition to appearing more aesthetically-pleasing.
At his cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Beckwith’s main goal is to provide his patients with the highest degree of dental care available. He feels offering dental implants parallels this goal as they offer numerous benefits that cannot be matched by other restorative dentistry alternatives. Dr. Beckwith says dental implants are often considered to be a permanent solution. He adds that the life of an implant is typically 20-30 years. These implants also have positive benefits for the patient’s bone structure, as dental implants maintain the patient’s current level of bone as opposed to the bone progressively eroding beneath a bridge.
At his practice, Dr. Beckwith replaces 95% of bridges that fail with dental implants. He highlights the fact that bridges cemented in the mouth were the standard of care 25 years ago and today, the practice of this more traditional method is uncommon. While there are some unique cases in which patients who are medically compromised may require a bridge, dental implants are the go-to solution for Dr. Beckwith’s New Jersey dentistry patients.
About John D. Beckwith, DMD, FAGD, FAAID
Dr. John Beckwith is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He holds a fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and has held active positions with the New Jersey Dental Association, serving as a component chairman for Children Dental Health Month and the American Dental Association. Additionally, he is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and listed as a credentialed provider on their website. Dr. Beckwith is available for interview upon request.