Gary Latham, D.D.S.
Santa Rosa cosmetic dentist Dr. Gary Latham utilizes dental implants as an alternative to dental bridges with great success. Many of Dr. Latham’s Santa Rosa patients opt for dental implants as a solution to missing teeth because they look, feel, and function so much like their natural teeth.
In fact, dental implants have many benefits. They allow people who have lost teeth to eat just about anything and to smile knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial structure is the same as always. Dental implants also help to preserve the quality of adjacent teeth. This is because, unlike a dental bridge, implants do not require support from neighboring teeth. Rather, dental implants stand alone, secure and reliable. Dental implants also promote oral health, as they aid in preventing bone deterioration that often occurs in the absence of teeth.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are very small, metal (usually titanium) posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone by a surgical implant specialist. These tiny posts function as would a tooth root as they bond to the jawbone. Once this lower part is well imbedded in the jawbone, another surgical procedure is performed to fasten a head on top of the post. Once the dental implants are in place, they are ready for artificial tooth placement.
During the period of time that the patient is undergoing the above procedures to place the dental implants, Dr. Latham is working with him or her to create the natural looking artificial teeth that he will securely attach to them at his dental office in Santa Rosa. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Latham specializes in the restoration of dental implants. Because there is no official specialty in cosmetic or implant dentistry, it is of utmost importance to know that your cosmetic dentist is highly skilled, well trained, and uses the best dental laboratories available.
In addition to having an extensive and extremely successful background as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Latham uses the finest dental laboratories on the West Coast. His association with the prestigious Center for Esthetic Dentistry at UCLA gives Dr. Latham and his Santa Rosa dental implants patients access to cutting- edge technology and state-of-the-art expertise in this field of specialized dental restoration.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth, are in good general and oral health, and have adequate jawbone to support them, you may wish to contact our office in Santa Rosa. Dental implants may be the right option for you.