You have probably never heard the name Gösta Larsson. He was a Swedish man who was born with chin and jaw deformities that left him without teeth since birth.
That changed in 1965 when he volunteered to become the first person to receive dental implants that had been developed by a team under the direction of Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. Larsson lived the next 41 years with implant-supported dentures that functioned like real teeth.
Since then, countless patients around the world, including in and around Marietta, GA, have benefitted from this restorative treatment. It’s the closest thing you can get to having natural teeth again. It’s also why we recommend them for patients with missing teeth who visit Atlanta West Dentistry.
Keep reading to learn more, or call 770-744-4619 to schedule a consultation. Find out what implants could do for you or someone you love.
Your Smile Is Worth It
People often save money for vacations or cars. As beneficial as these things are, the perks are temporary.
How much more valuable is your smile? That’s something you should consider if you are missing one or more teeth. Dental implants should be seen as a long-term investment in yourself and in your oral health.
Implants replace the roots of lost teeth. While you can’t see them, the advantages of having them are difficult to quantify. At the same time, they can and have improved the quality of life for many of our patients.
With implants, you can feel confident that your replacement teeth will stay in place. That means you can smile with confidence. You can speak naturally and without worries about your new teeth coming loose. Last, but certainly not least, you will still be able to eat the foods that you love.
If you think these things don’t matter, we encourage you to talk to someone how has had traditional dentures for any amount of time about the frustrations they live with on a daily basis. Implants can help you avoid those issues.
What Implants Do For You
Traditional teeth replacements, including dentures and bridges, do restore the appearance of your smile. They also can restore your ability to eat to a degree.
What that won’t do, however, is stop the bone loss that occurs in your jaw. Your roots used to stimulate your jaw every time you bit or chewed. The pressure created by those actions caused your jaw to create new bone tissue.
Without the root — or an implant — to provide that stimulation, your jaw won’t make new tissue fast enough to replace old tissue that has been absorbed back into the body. That’s why dentures become looser and why people’s mouths can seem to sink in on themselves over time.
Think Long-Term About Your Smile
At Atlanta West Dentistry, we also understand this is a big decision. It’s also why we offer payment options for our patients in and around Marietta, GA. We want to work with you to find a way to get the care you deserve in a way that fits your budget.