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Sun Times Feature Story

Hallandale Beach is home to South Florida's Dental Implant Team

  Do you have loose dentures? Sore Dentures? Dental Implants can help you!

Dental Implants from the Premier Dental Team are as close to natural teeth as you can get. This technology has revolutionized dentistry. Implants can improve the quality of your life, they can last a lifetime and are proving that traditional dentures can be a thing of the past. Dental Implants eliminate the day-to-day frustrations and discomfort of dentures. You can enjoy the same dietary freedom shared by those with natural teeth. Dental implants increase the strength and retention of dentures so that you can bite into an apple or eat a steak. Implants can even be used with your existing dentures. Furthermore, you can remove that uncomfortable plastic that covers the roof of the mouth. The surgical process is minimal and sometimes the implants can be put into function immediately. We do provide sedation to keep you comfortable. Dental implants can improve the quality and freedom of your life!
Missing teeth are nothing to smile about. Putting vanity or aesthetics aside, missing teeth can cause a number of long-term issues — including bone loss. Yet, an estimated 140 million American adults live with one or more missing teeth. Over time, missing teeth can cause the face to loose definition and have a drawn in, distorted look, caused by the loss of bone and natural shape. With the advancements in dental Implants over the years, there’s one less reason to live with the discomfort — and potential problems — of missing teeth. Dental implants prevent additional bone loss, give bone height and add definition to the face. And, today’s dental implants are so amazing, with proper care, they can practically last forever. It’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a dental implant and the patient’s own teeth. Even denture wearers have a more comfortable alternative with dental implants. No longer do they have to go through life with wobbly, ill-fitting dentures or loose bridgework. Dental Implants replace dentures with a natural — practically original fitting alternative.
By placing a titanium post into the bone as a replacement for the original root with an attachment that comes through the gum, a crown, bridgework or denture can be permanently attached to the implanted post. The procedure is painless and can be done under local anesthesia. There are a number of ways to replace multiple teeth with dental implants. Usually, several teeth are “bridged” by two or more implants to support a space of several adjacent teeth with the crowns being fused together in one solid unit. The decision on whether or not to use a single or bridged implant should be made by your doctor. Choosing dental implants over a bridge or dentures has a lot of advantages. Not only do implants eliminate the many problems and drawbacks associated with dentures and bridges, but they even allow people to eat, speak and laugh normally. Most patients do not realize that bridges can actually loosen other teeth and even cause more tooth loss over time. With dental implants, denture wearers no longer have to contend with slippage, wobbling, discomfort and in many cases, pain. Without teeth, the underlying bone deteriorates and the denture no longer fits properly. Dental Implants can also stabilize existing lower dentures by anchoring them into place using mini dental implants, improving the patient’s ability to eat, speak, laugh and smile.
Generally speaking, root canals have about a 70-85 percent success rate. If a root canal re-treatment is indicated, the success rates decline to less than 50 percent. It makes medical sense for the patient to go with the traditional root canal procedure initially, if it does fail, the next sensible step is a dental implant. Dental implants are the most advanced method to replace missing teeth, save bone structure and improve the quality of life for denture wearers. Call today to schedule your FREE consult with one of their specialists. Have a great day!


Andrew Forrest, D.M.D., M.S. is the clinical director of Premier Dental Group. He oversees a team of eight advanced trained dentists. He is a specialist in Periodontics and Dental Implants. He has been practicing dentistry for 12 years. His research on the interdisciplinary management of Cancer Treatment, Irradiation Therapy, and Implantology was completed at the University of Miami in 2001. This research awarded him the Straumann ITI Implant Dentistry Scholarship Award. While attending Dental School, Dr. Forrest completed two Periodontics externships, the first at New York University and the latter at Harvard University. He completed his externship in Anesthesiology at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Forrest completed his three year specialty training in Periodontics and Implant Surgery at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital. During that time, he also completed his Masters Degree with a focus on Oral Immunology. His heritage in the dental profession spans three generations. Presently, Dr. Forrest has a teaching appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of Florida. The focus of his practice centers upon the surgical reconstruction of supporting tissues for the preservation of teeth and Dental Implantology. To date, Dr. Forrest has placed more than 5,000 dental implants. He lectures to other dentists on how dental implants can improve a patient’s quality of life cosmetically and functionally. Dr. Forrest is also a faculty reviewer for the Periodontics Chapter in a McGraw Hill textbook. Currently, he is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Florida Society of Dental Anesthesiology, Florida Association of Periodontists, and the Memorial Hospital Dental Study Club.
During his residency at University of Florida, Dr. Forrest worked on many complex multidisciplinary cases. He realized at a very early point in his career that he could make a positive impact on the quality of people's lives. At Premier, he helped create a team of collaborating dentists, who work together to treat some of the most challenging patient cases. His center has turned into the “go to” destination for South Florida’s Professionals and A-listers for smile makeovers. His team has treated models, actors, athletes, and notable socialites. Each member of his team has been thoroughly selected and vetted. He has encouraged the team of specialists to treat patient cases comprehensively, thereby maximizing treatment efficiency and patient care. Patients benefit from this cohesive environment by receiving all of their dental care from one center. Dr. Forrest was born and raised here in South Florida. His team practices in a modern treatment center that comprehensively focuses on all aspects of dental care. Premier Dental Group is a team of highly qualified, advanced, specialized dentists. More importantly, his team cares about their community. Their mission, simply put: Premier Dental Group is committed to providing dentistry that changes people's lives; in doing, so we change our own.