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The Truth About Dental Implants

Longtime provider with a new practice explains: Oral and general health determine candidacy

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Dr. Williams, the new owner of Tradition Dental, says his top priority is to ensure good oral health.

A lot of the furniture in the home of Dr. Patrick Williams, the founder of Tradition Dental Group and the new owner of Tradition Dental in Port St. Lucie, was built by the doctor by hand. “That’s my outlet,” Dr. Williams explains. “It’s one of the ways in which I tap into my creative side. “I love building something out of nothing and doing things with my hands. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I got into dentistry. “While in college, I had the opportunity to follow a friend’s father, who is a dentist. Through that I realized that in dentistry I could use my hands and help people solve problems that can make their lives better. It’s proved to be a pretty good fit for me.” Indeed, it has. Dr. Williams has been practicing dentistry for more than 22 years, and he recently brought that wealth of experience to St. Lucie, where he has established a one-stop shop in which he can provide solutions for any dental need. That includes fitting patients who are missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are screw-like bodies that are placed into the jawbone, where they become the foundation for an abutment and replacement teeth. The replacements can be a crown that is cemented or screwed onto an abutment, a partial bridge that is affixed to one or more implants, or a full denture that is fastened to a series of implants. Dr. Williams warns, though, that not all patients who are missing teeth are candidates for implants. “The first thing that a dentist needs to do when determining a patient’s candidacy for dental implants is determine if the patient is in fact healthy enough to receive dental implants,” Dr. Williams insists. “A heavy smoker, an uncontrolled diabetic or someone who has other health issues that could compromise the health of their teeth and the longevity of the implants are not good candidates. “And that’s a very important factor because there are a lot of practices out there making a lot of promises to patients that they can’t keep. I won’t do that. It’s my responsibility as a dental provider to educate you and ensure that the work we do will last a long time.” Dr. Williams says that philosophy applies to all his patients, no matter their needs. “Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but my first priority as a professional is to ensure that every patient’s oral health is as good as it can be,” he concludes. “That’s the most important service I can provide and that will always be my primary objective.”

Patrick Williams, DMD, MS, FAGD, FICOI, FAAID

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