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Maintain a Youthful, Healthy Smile with Dental Implants
Brazilian-born Elk Rocha was 27 years old when she left her native South America and came to the United States hoping to give her son and daughter a better life. Seventeen years later, she has tangible evidence to prove she made the right decision.
Having taken full advantage of the superior educational opportunities offered here, Elk’s daughter is now attending medical school, and her son is on the cusp of receiving a degree in computer science.
Elk still visits her native Brazil on a regular basis, but Florida has become “home” to the proud 44-year-old who stays busy managing her own housecleaning business and stays fit by boxing five days a week at a local gym.
“I’ve tried a lot of things to keep me in good health, and so far, the boxing seems to be working the best for me,” says Elk, who pays just as much attention to her oral health as she does her general health.
Over the past few years, Elk has routinely visited Regency Court Dentistry every six months for a cleaning and oral checkup. It’s a routine that started when a rather common problem arose with two of her lower molars.
A Permanent Fix
“Elk first came to us in 2014, and one of the first things we found was that she had a couple of lower molars where old root canals had failed,” explains Regency Court’s Naved Fatmi, DMD. “When an old root canal fails, there are only two options to fix it.
“One of those options is a partial denture. The best option, however, especially for someone who is still young such as Elk, is a dental implant capped with a porcelain crown, and one of the reasons is what the implant does for anti-aging.”
Even in the healthiest person, deterioration of the jawbone can begin early in life, sometimes even in the 30s. The loss of a tooth is one of the things that can advance the pace of that deterioration, which can have significant consequences.
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