Dr. Ann E. Haggard, a cosmetic dentist in Houston, TX, says that dental implants are one of the most important innovations in dentistry because of their natural feeling and durability. She adds that mini dental implants can also be an affordable and innovative alternative to traditional dental implants for many patients.
According to a report by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), the number of dental implants and procedures has been growing at a rate of six percent a year since 2006. The dental implant procedure is designed to permanently replace missing teeth by rooting the implant directly to the jaw. As opposed to crown and bridge treatment, dental implants do not require the alteration of adjacent, healthy teeth. They also prevent bone loss and the movement of natural teeth by providing stability and reinforcing jawbone structure. Trained Houston implant dentists Dr. Marcus D. Haggard and his daughter Dr. Ann E. Haggard at Designer Smiles say that dental implant technology is a state-of-the-art option that continues to grow in popularity.
Mini dental implants are a smaller, less-invasive procedure that anchors lower dentures to the jawbone. Since their FDA approval in 1997, mini dental implants have had a success rate of 94.2 percent, according to statistics from the AAID. Dr. Marcus D. Haggard and Dr. Ann E. Haggard with Designer Smiles, say that mini dental implants provide a number of advantages over regular implants because they are a minimally invasive procedure, which shortens recovery time, and offers a more affordable option.
Dr. Ann Haggard adds that proper care and treatment are essential to achieving the best dental implant results, and that her main concern is always for the well-being and satisfaction of her patients. Designer Smiles provides a variety of dental implant options and procedures, including the ANKYLOS® Implant System for tooth-replacement and implant-supported dentures. “There is no question in my mind that if I were missing a tooth anywhere in my mouth, the only option for me is a dental implant. From a structural standpoint, it is the most stable dental option. Almost all bridges eventually fail. The larger the bridge, the higher the chance that it will fail more rapidly. Implants are the most permanent thing that we can do in dentistry. They will never develop a cavity, never need a root canal, and once they are integrated they are the strongest, longest standing restoration that you can buy. Think of it like an investment in yourself.”
About Dr. Marcus Haggard
Dr. Marcus D. Haggard graduated from the University of Texas, Dental Branch in 1968. After graduation, he practiced in Seabrook, Texas for ten years. Dr. Haggard has attended multiple postgraduate programs, including the Pankey Institute in Florida and the Boston Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is currently a member of a number of dental societies, such as the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Houston District Dental Society, where he served as the Ethics and Jurisprudence Chairman.
About Dr. Ann Haggard
Dr. Ann E. Haggard graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana. She received her D.D.S. degree from Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry and is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and other dental societies.