Restorative dentistry has come a long way in the history of humankind. Not that long ago, your best option for a tooth replacement may have been dentures made of ivory or carved from animal bones.
With the development of modern dental implants, you can now get teeth replacements that look and feel like real teeth. When you can smile, speak, and eat naturally, you will appreciate the difference implants can make.
As part of a single tooth replacement or full-mouth reconstruction, you can get them at Atlanta West Dentistry. You’ll also be happy to know that we offer IV sedation (and other sedation options), so you can be confident that your implants can be placed without you feeling a thing.
To schedule a consultation, call our Marietta, GA dental office at 770-744-4619.
You Need to Replace a Single Tooth
For decades, your only option for replacing a single tooth was getting a dental bridge.
This wasn’t a bad option, but an implant-supported crown is better. To understand why, let’s look at the process for each service.
With a traditional dental bridge, you need to grind down the teeth that are nearest to your missing tooth. These teeth provide the support for your replacement teeth.
Bridges can last a long time, but if and when they do fail, you may need to grind down more teeth and build a bigger bridge.
In contrast, when you get a dental implant, you are first replacing the root of your missing tooth. This provides support for your crown by itself. This keeps your healthy teeth completely intact, which is a good thing.
And if your crown does fail, you only need to replace the crown. The implant is still there, and it’s able to support a new crown.
You Want to Protect the Teeth You Still Have
It’s always best to keep your teeth. Even if you lost a tooth or a few teeth, you should try to keep the healthy teeth that are still in your mouth. Unfortunately, losing teeth also makes it more likely that you could lose more teeth … if you don’t replace those teeth that you’ve lost.
What often happens is people will lose bone in their jaw when they lose a tooth or teeth. Without getting too technical, this happens when you no longer have a root or roots to stimulate the jawbone. Without that stimulation, the jaw does not make enough bone tissue to replace old tissue as it is reabsorbed by your body.
Bridges and dentures replace the crown of the tooth, but they replace what’s below the gumline.
To keep your jaw making new tissue, you need to replace the roots. As we’ve noted earlier, this is exactly what dental implants are designed to do. By getting implant-supported crowns or bridges, you fill the gap in your smile both above and below your gumline.
This helps to reduce your risk of further tooth loss. It also prevents teeth from drifting into the empty space. That can affect your bite and increase your risk of oral health problems.
You Have Teeth That Can’t Be Saved
It would be wonderful if you could keep all your natural teeth for your entire life. The truth most people will lose a few teeth (or more) at one time or another.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Tooth decay and tooth infections also lead to many missing teeth. At times, broken and cracked teeth can’t be repaired. In these circumstances, your best bet often is to remove the problematic tooth before it can cause more problems.
Now, if you do that, you should replace the extracted tooth as soon as you are able. This is the same process as replacing a tooth above. The difference is when you know a tooth will be removed, we can coordinate to get your replacement tooth put in shortly thereafter. This way you have less time with a gap in your smile, and therefore, a lower risk of the issues that can come with a missing tooth.
You Want to Keep Eating What You Like
Eating affects all of our lives. Being able to bite and chew has a big impact on what we are able to eat and what we are willing to eat.
Many patients have told us they were surprised by how their quality of life was affected when they lost teeth. When you are unable to eat the foods that you love, it can make dining out with family and friends less enjoyable.
At the same time, if you are not physically able to eat certain foods, that can affect your overall health as well. Dentures can help a little, but traditional dentures may only restore about one-fifth of your original biting power.
With implants to support your dentures or other restorations, you can bite and chew practically as well as you did when you have a full set of healthy teeth. This way you can eat foods that you enjoy, and get the variety of foods that you need for balanced nutrition.
A Quick Word About TeethXpress
If you do need to replace a full arch of teeth or all your teeth, you owe it to yourself to ask about TeethXpress®.
With a standard implant replacement for dentures, you may need to wait for months to complete the process of getting your implants and your replacement teeth. TeethXpress could help you get your implants and a set of temporary dentures during the same visit to our office.
Get Back More Than Just Your Smile
Dental implants don’t just help you restore your smile. They help you restore the full function of your missing teeth. This matters in more ways than many people realize.
By getting implant-supported crowns, bridges, or dentures, you can save yourself from many common problems that affect people who have lost teeth or had teeth removed. Call Atlanta West Dentistry at 770-744-4619 or contact us online to request an appointment soon!