Missing Teeth? Ask Us About Dental Implants
If you have been a regular reader of our blog, then you know we are fans of dental implants.
The reason for that is simple. We have seen what implants have done for more patients than we can count in and around Snellville, GA.
Our dentists understand that when people lose teeth, they want their smile to look normal again. They also want to be able to keep eating the foods that they love. Dental implants make both of those things possible, and implants can last a lifetime.
Call (770) 676-1122 or contact Parkway Dental online today if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. If you are missing teeth, you owe to yourself to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Replacing Teeth With Implants
Modern dental implants were developed in the 1960s. Since then, they have only gotten better as dentists have developed new placement techniques and more types of implants.
Implants solve an important problem for anyone who is missing one or more teeth. Implants replace the roots, which means you can have complete teeth replacements.
Before implants, bridges or dentures could be used to replace the crowns of lost teeth, but they didn’t do anything about the part of teeth that you couldn’t see. With implants, not only do you have more secure teeth replacements, you also have more options for how to replace your missing teeth.
Let’s discuss some of the ways implants can help you.
Dental Implants Stop ‘Drifting’
When you lose a single tooth, it creates an opening in your smile. It leaves an empty space below your gumline as well. This means it’s possible for nearby teeth to “drift” into that open space.
If this happens, it can affect your bite and your ability to eat certain foods. It also increases the likelihood that you will lose more teeth.
If you can replace the whole tooth — root and crown — with something that functions like a tooth, then you have can prevent this drifting from taking place. By getting a dental implant and attaching a dental crown, that’s exactly what you will be doing.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you can do the same thing with two or more dental crowns along with a dental bridge.
Dental Implants Can Save Your Jaw
When you lose one or more teeth, your jawbone is affected as well. Your roots play a vital role in the health of your jaw.
When you eat, your roots push into the bone with each bite and chew. That provides stimulation that causes the jaw to create new bone tissue. This is necessary to maintain the size and shape of your jaw as old bone tissue is reabsorbed.
In the parts of your mouth without roots, your jaw will stop making new tissue. As a result, your jaw can begin to shrink. This can affect your appearance, and if you have dentures, it can leave them feeling looser over time.
By getting dental implants, you are placing artificial roots where you natural roots once were. This means you can keep providing the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy and strong whether you need to replace one, two, or all the teeth in your mouth.
Dental Implants Make Teeth Replacements Secure
If you’ve ever put up a fence, you may have used a post hole digger. While that isn’t exactly, fun, you know it’s necessary so you can place posts in the ground and anchor the fence in place.
If you just built the fence on top of the ground, a good push might be enough to knock it over.
Your teeth replacements are similar. To make them more secure, they need to be anchored in your jawbone like a solid fence is anchored in the ground. That’s exactly what dental implants do.
It’s the reason people with traditional dentures live with a constant worry that their “teeth” could slip out whenever they are speaking or eating.
It’s also why people with implant-supported dentures feel confident that their replacement teeth will stay in place. They can speak without worrying about their teeth falling out, and they can eat anything that they want to eat, too.
Find Out If Dental Implants Are Right For You
If you want the best teeth replacements available in modern dentistry, then you need to get dental implants. And if you live in or near Snellville, GA, you can get implants at Parkway Dental.