If you are missing one, two, or four teeth or every tooth in your mouth, you should be thinking about how you will replace it or them.
If you still have all your teeth, take a moment to think about what you would do if one of your teeth fell out tomorrow.
In truth, we would prefer that our patients keep all their teeth, but we also know that’s unlikely. Some people will lose one or two teeth. Other people with lose a whole row of teeth.
Many times, these problems can be avoided with good preventive dental care, but that’s another post for another time.
Today, Atlanta West Dentistry wants you to learn how dental implants have made teeth replacements better than they’ve ever been.
If you decide you want to learn more about dental implants after reading this post, our dentists will be happy to help if you are from Marietta, Smyrna, or anywhere else in our part of Georgia.
When Should You Get Dental Implants?
Our answer: as soon as you can after you have lost any teeth.
Honestly, it doesn’t may why your tooth is missing. You may have let tooth decay ravage your teeth, which required to having a tooth extracted.
You may have suffered a traumatic blow to your mouth that caused a tooth or teeth to get knocked out.
You may have suffered gum disease, which left some of your teeth a little too loose in their sockets.
In any of this situations, a dental implant can restore your smile and reduce your risk of further tooth loss.
Let’s consider a few situations in which patients frequently decide to get dental implants.
◼︎ A patient who no longer has teeth
This is an unfortunate but real situation that affects millions of Americans.
Some just resign themselves to never anything more solid than mashed potatoes or applesauce for their rest of their lives. No matter how much you may like either of those things, you would probably want to enjoy a some fried chicken, a crisp apple, or even a big salad from time to time.
Dentures alone can improve your ability to bite and chew, but studies have shown the best you can expect with dentures is about one-quarter of the biting force you had when you had all your teeth.
Dental implants can provide a solid, secure foundation for your teeth replacements. Procedures such as our Teeth Xpress can help you regain close to 100 percent of your original bite force. That means you can eat whatever you want.
If you want to keep eating mashed potatoes and applesauce, you are welcome to do so, but you will know that you can enjoy a juicy piece of fried chicken with some corn on the cob if you are in the mood for that, too.
◼︎ A patient who is missing multiple teeth
One of the problems with losing teeth is you are more likely to lose more if you don’t replace them. Missing two, three, or five teeth does not mean you are doomed to lose the rest.
If you decide to get an implant-supported dental bridge, then you will have a chance to stop your tooth loss before it gets worse.
Dental implants don’t just keep you teeth replacements secure; they also keep your jaw healthy, too.
When you have dental implants, you have replaced the roots of your teeth. Like your roots did, your implants press into your jawbone. That pressure encourages new bone tissue growth, which keeps your jaw strong.
An implant-supported dental bridge is a great way to both restore your smile and protect the teeth that you still have.
◼︎ A patient who is missing one tooth
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
For some, this will be the first of many lost teeth. For others, this will be the only tooth they lose during their lives.
If you would rather be in the second group, here is what you should do. Get a dental implant, then cover it with a dental crown.
By replacing your whole tooth, you will maintain the support that tooth provided to adjacent teeth, and you will be providing the stimulation that your jaw needs to keep making new, healthy tissue in that part of your mouth.
Is Now The Right Time For You?
If you are missing any number of teeth, please contact Atlanta West Dentistry in Marietta, GA, to schedule a consultation. Any of our dentists would be willing to discuss tooth replacement options with you.