One of the best parts about working in dentistry is seeing the life-changing effects of the work that we do each day in Marietta, GA.
It’s not just about making smiles look nicer or making mouths healthier. It’s about giving people a renewed sense of self-confidence and self-worth.
You could experience this transformation with a number of our services, but dental implants play a special role in our restorative care. Since August is Dental Implant Month, we wanted to take a little time to explain why they are so great.
To learn if implants could be right for you, schedule an appointment at Atlanta West Dentistry by calling 770-744-4619.
What Are Implants?
In dentistry, implants are replacements for the roots of teeth that have fallen out, been knocked out, or have been removed.
Modern root-form implants have been around since the 1960s, and they have been a real game-changer in dental care. These modern implants were designed with titanium. This metal bonds directly with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. This holds the implants securely in place.
Since the implants mimic the general shape of tooth roots, they can be used in a variety of restorative procedures from replacing a single tooth to full-mouth reconstruction.
With implant-supported replacements, it’s practically like have a brand-new set of teeth.
Implants Help Your Jaw
Implants are important because they replace the roots of teeth. Other replacement options — crowns, bridges, and dentures replace the crowns of missing teeth.
Without roots (or something to replace them), your jaw shrinks. When someone has roots, those roots put pressure on their jawbone every time they bite or chew. Your jawbone responds to that pressure by making new bone tissue. This is necessary to replace old tissue. Without new tissue, your jaw gets smaller and smaller.
By getting implants, you are restoring what was missing from other teeth replacement options. With implants, your jaw can make new tissue, which keeps it healthy and strong.
In turn, your healthy jawbone holds your implants securely in place. This makes your crown, bridge, or dentures more stable as well.
This is why implant-supported dentures function nearly as well as natural teeth. It’s why people with implants can continue eating all the foods that they love.
Implants Can Protect Your Teeth
If you are missing one or two teeth, you run a risk of losing more if you don’t replace what you’ve lost. Nearby teeth will drift into the empty space in your smile, which can change your bite and create new problems.
By getting a crown with an implant or an implant-supported bridge, you restore support for your remaining teeth. This prevents drifting and helps you avoid the complications that can follow.
Invest in Yourself
No matter how many teeth you are missing, implants and our team at Atlanta West Dentistry can help you rebuild your smile and restore the function of your lost teeth. To schedule a consultation, start by contacting us online or by calling 770-744-4619.