Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that a dentist can surgically implant into the jawbone to support the restoration of a missing tooth. These dental implants permanently solve tooth loss and look and function like natural teeth. They are so solid and durable that they can last a lifetime. A person’s teeth need stimulation to stay healthy and robust, so people often consider wearing dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth. However, these prosthetics only provide little help when stimulating a person’s jaw. Since they sit on top of the gums without connecting to the jawbone, they do not offer the same benefits as dental implants. At Greater Dental Health, most patients choose dental implants because they look and feel more natural than alternative restorations like traditional bridges and dentures.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants replace your natural tooth roots to provide a stable, durable foundation for your new teeth. The false tooth, a crown, is fitted on top of the implant and snaps in place securely. Implants can also support a fixed bridge or a complete set of dentures to replace multiple missing teeth.
We will gently place the implant into the jawbone during your appointment using local anesthesia. Then, we will allow the implant to fuse with the bone for several months before attaching the crown. Once the crown is attached to the dental implant, it will function like a natural tooth so you can eat and speak normally. We will also need to evaluate the health of your gums and bone structure to determine if implants are right for you.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Better Oral Health
Dental implants allow patients to experience everyday life without worrying about their prosthetics falling out or becoming loose. Patients can speak and eat normally with implants in place. They will never slip out of place and will not affect speech. Plus, they won’t cause the embarrassment of clicking or slipping during a conversation. The patient will have a beautiful and natural-looking smile that they can enjoy eating all their favorite foods again.
Ease of Care
Caring for dental implants is like caring for your natural teeth. You’ll need to continue brushing and flossing your teeth daily and schedule exams and cleanings at your dentist’s office twice a year. Patients typically find taking care of their dental implant-supported restorations easier than their traditional appliances.
Most dental implant restorations with proper care can last decades or even a lifetime. You won’t have to consider replacing them every few years as you would with traditional partials or complete dentures.
Dental implants are a permanent solution and are excellent for anyone with damaged or missing teeth. It can help preserve bone structure and fill in gaps in a smile. To learn more about dental implants, visit Greater Dental Health at 5210 Town Center Blvd Suite 310, Floor 2, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092, or call (470) 508-0044.