A Stronger Mouth With Dental Implants | Snellville, GA
Better. Stronger. Faster.
These are words that were used to describe The Six Million Dollar Man at the start of the television series. (If you don’t remember the show, find someone a little older than you.)
The same words could be used to describe dental implants, one of the best innovations in modern dentistry. For people who have lost teeth or need teeth removed, dental implants can give them both cosmetic and restorative benefits.
And our dentists at Parkway Dental in Snellville can show you how effective dental implants can be.
How implants can help you
We can’t spell out every possible way dental implants can improve your life, but we want to explain some of the more common benefits.
Here is a short list of things for you to consider:
- Improved confidence — People who are missing teeth often feel ashamed of their smiles. They may avoid going out in public or cover their mouths when they talk or eat so people can’t see their teeth.
People with a full set of teeth (or who look like they have a full set of teeth) don’t hide their mouths during normal, everyday activities. With dental implants, you too can feel more confident with a mouth that looks like it has a complete set of teeth.
- Fill in the holes — Dental implants fill space between your remaining teeth. You notice when someone else is missing a tooth, and other people can tell something is missing in your mouth as well. Implants that have been fitted with crowns, bridges, or dentures blend in with your remaining natural teeth.
- Oral health — If you lose a tooth to decay or have one knocked out, you may have a gap where your tooth once was. This gap is in your smile, but also in your jawbone. An implant can fill in that gap and stimulate new growth in that bone, which is good for your remaining teeth as well.
- Enjoy the foods that you want to eat. If you are missing teeth, you may not be able to eat the foods that you like. Dentures can improve your chewing ability, but dental implants can restore nearly the full force in your bite. This means you can eat crunchy and chewy foods that you love but have been avoiding.
Believe or not, you’ve probably already met several people with dental implants, but you did not know it because of how similar their false teeth look compared to their real ones.
Unless you hear someone say he or she has dental implants, you may never know.
How implants work
Dental implants are a prosthetic that replaces the root of your tooth. You may already know that the root is the part of your tooth that anchors it to your jawbone.
If you lose a tooth or have one pulled, a dental implant can be placed into your jawbone surgically. The implant is usually made of titanium. As you jawbone heals, it grows around the dental implant, securing it in place.
After your recover from your surgery, we can attach a crown, bridge, or full dentures onto your dental implants. When these are attached to the dental implants, you will look like you have a full set of natural teeth.
Just as important, these will feel like natural teeth, and they will work almost as well. This means you can eat, drink, and be merry without worrying if other people are distracted by your teeth (or by which ones are missing).
In order to place dental implants, you do need a healthy jawbone with normal thickness.
If you don’t have enough of a jawbone, we have two ways to fix that. We can perform a bone graft (one of our many oral surgery options), or we can place mini implants instead.
As the name suggests, mini implants are smaller than standard dental implants. These may not be as big, but mini implants still provide tremendous support for your crowns, bridges, or dentures.
If you already have dentures, you may want to look into implant-retained or implant-supported dentures. These are much more stable than adhesive-secured dentures, and they restore much more of your chewing power.
Time to make your appointment
Missing teeth can make eating more challenging. They can also make you uncomfortable in social situations, and they can affect you confidence, too.
If this sounds like you or someone your know, contact us to learn more about the dental implant options available to you right here in Georgia. Call Parkway Dental at (770) 676-1122 or fill out our online form to make your appointment.
We’ve kept Snellville smiling for more than 30 years. Let us help you keep smiling, too.