Dental implants may be the most remarkable implants you can buy. Not only do they help patients reclaim their smiles, they allow them to continue eating the foods that they love.
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we have seen how dental implants do more than fill space. They have helped our patients feel more confident and more comfortable sharing their smiles.
Today we have assembled eight facts about dental implants that we think you may want to know in case you or someone you love needs to replace a lost tooth now or in the future.
We want you to know that you can receive implants at our dentist office if you live in or near Marietta, GA.
► Fact 1 — Rabbits helped lead to the development of titanium implants.
Swedish surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark was studying the healing properties of bone in the 1950s when he placed titanium implants into the femurs of rabbits. When he tried to remove the implants, he found that the bone had bonded to them. This made them hard to remove.
► Fact 2 — Osseointegration is possible with titanium.
Osseointegration is the process by which bone fuses to titanium. This is why titanium implants are more secure and more stable when they are placed in someone’s jaw.
► Fact 3 — Implants are good for your bone.
Specifically, implants are good for your jawbone. Our bones are made of cells, and as older cells die, new ones are created to take their place. This is a big part of the reason people can heal from having a broken bone.
With your jawbone, your teeth provide stimulation that encourages the new growth that keeps your jaw healthy. Dental implants can provide similar stimulation so your jaw remains strong.
► Fact 4 — You need bone to place a dental implant.
When you lose a tooth, you lose the root that stimulated your jawbone to encourage new growth. Without the root, your jaw does not receive the stimulation it needs, and it will begin to lose mass and density.
If you don’t have enough bone mass, it won’t be possible to place a dental implant where it is needed.
► Fact 5 – Mini implants can be used where traditional implants won’t work.
If you have lost too much bone to support a standard implant, you still may be able to receive mini implants. These have smaller diameters which allow them to be placed even when other implants won’t work.
► Fact 6 — Dental implants can replace all your teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are evidence of the benefits of dental implants. A series of dental implants can be used to hold a full set of dentures, and this will make them more stable than traditional dentures.
► Fact 7 — Dental implants allow you to eat anything on the menu.
If you have traditional dentures, you may have to quit eating certain foods, or you will have to accept that some foods you love to eat will take a lot longer to chew so you can swallow them.
Because implants are so secure, you can generate bite forces very close to someone with all of his or her natural teeth. In other words, you can pick anything on the menu and feel confident that you can eat it without your dentures slipping loose.
► Fact 8 — Dental implants can prevent further tooth loss.
If you lose a single tooth, you may not think it is a big deal, but this is how bone loss can begin. If you don’t replace your missing tooth, your bone loss could cause the adjacent teeth to feel loose or drift out of position. As you lose more teeth, you can lose more bone, too.
By placing a dental crown on a dental implant, you can preserve the bone, which helps to protect and preserve the neighboring teeth.
Any dentist office can offer a service, but not every office understands how to utilize those services effectively.
If you come to Atlanta West Dentistry, you can rest assured that we understand how to give you the maximum benefit from your dental implants.
As an example of this, one of our dentists, Dr. Bowersox, recently achieved the Mastership level with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. This is a recognition of her experience, understanding, and success with dental implant placements.
If you believe a dental implant or implants might be able to help you, please call our dentist office in Marietta, GA, at (770) 941-6979 or fill out our online appointment form.
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