Few of the restorative dentistry procedures performed by Phoenix-area dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox at his Glendale practice, Desert Smiles, boast the same tremendously high patient satisfaction rate as dental implants.
While one consumer website ranks post-procedural dental implant patient satisfaction at 88 percent, many dentistry studies indicate an even higher percentage of people who are pleased with their implants, most especially when patients maintain a rigorous dental hygiene regimen and return to their dentist for regular follow-up visits.
Dental implants are the best way to fix cracked or missing teeth. Implants are so effective, in fact, that they have become a go-to solution for celebrities who consider a great smile to be essential to their careers.
Here are three celebrities who have spoken openly about the dental implant process.
Kathy Ireland: This former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model says that her world-class smile includes veneers and a dental implant.
Christie Brinkley: This longtime supermodel says she was born with great teeth but received dental implants after fracturing two molars. She loves her implants because they look and feel "so natural."
Ed Helms: Few film fans can forget the hilarious and eerie scene in "The Hangover" when this comedic actor pulled out his own tooth. Turns out, this was no illusion. The actor has said that he actually did pull out a 20-year-old implant during filming, which was placed when Helms was a teenager and replaced after making this memorable movie scene.