Healthy Smiles: Dental implants can be a solution for a smile makeover

Before the development of dental implants, removable partial dentures or fixed bridges were the only alternatives to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants also offer a way to keep dentures in place and allow the patient to go about life with confidence. This improves chewing, speech, and comfort.

If you or anyone you know would like more information about dental implants, we encourage you to call us at (863) 420-4130 and make an appointment. Mention this column and ask about our dental implant offer.

To learn a little more about dental implants, visit and browse the services area. Also visit the section called gallery to see some pictures from our own patients who received implants as part of their smile makeovers.

This column is sponsored by Professional Smiles.


column by DR. JOSE F. LOPEZ

BIO: After following a lifelong dream of dentistry, Dr. Jose F. Lopez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Dental School in 2001. He established his Davenport, Florida, practice in 2008. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Lopez is very dedicated to his profession, and his number one priority is providing the highest level of patient care and dentistry in a relaxing and comfortable environment, while maintaining exceptional quality service. For more information or to make an appointment, call (863) 216-5702 or visit

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