Losing something important to you can have a big effect on you physically and emotionally. We’ve definitely seen this happen with many patients who are struggling with tooth loss.
Many people take their teeth for granted, yet lost teeth are far more common than many people realize. In the United States, the average adult under 64 years old is missing three teeth. Americans 65 and older are missing nearly 10 teeth on average.
It’s certainly possible to keep all your teeth. By practicing consistent and good oral hygiene habits, including regular dental cleanings and exams — and staying accident-free — you could have all your teeth for as long as you live.
Given that a vast majority of people do develop cavities and gum disease at one time or another, there is a chance that you could lose a tooth or teeth if you haven’t already. No matter your situation, our team in Marietta, GA is prepared to help with our full-mouth reconstruction. Today, we are going to discuss how you can get replacement teeth that look and feel as good as the real thing.
To schedule a consultation at Atlanta West Dentistry, call us at 770-744-4619.
Dentures Aren’t Enough
Millions of people get dentures, and we think there is a pretty good chance that millions of people become frustrated with dentures over time.
You see, dentures are really complete teeth replacements. When someone first gets dentures, it’s certainly better than having no teeth at all. But dentures only replace the crowns of your missing teeth.
They rest outside your gums. As anyone with dentures can tell you, this allows dentures to slide around — sometimes at really awkward and unpredictable times.
That instability also creates problems when someone with dentures is trying to eat certain foods. People with traditional dentures can’t generate as much force as people with healthy teeth. That can make it difficult to bite into things like apples and corn on the cob. It also can make chewing foods like chicken or steak feel more like a chore.
Denture adhesives can keep your dentures a little more secure temporarily. With time you will find you need more and more adhesive, and it may not be as effective.
Dentures alone are missing something important. They don’t replace the roots of your missing teeth. Without getting into the details, this is why people with traditional dentures also lose bone in their jaw.
Fortunately, there is a way to stop the bone loss … and prevent other problems that we mentioned above.
Dental Implants Create a Solid Foundation
Modern dental implants were developed in the 1960s. They were developed after an accidental discovery by a Swedish physician, Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark. As part of his research, he placed titanium cylinders in the leg bones of rabbits. When he tried to remove the cylinders, he learned that the bone had fused directly with the titanium.
Dr. Brånemark recognized the potential benefits of this process, which he called osseointegration. By using titanium, implants could be made to replace the roots of missing teeth. Today, implants are used around the world to support dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. Having implants provides makes these restorations feel more like real teeth. This allows you to bite and chew more naturally and comfortably. This keeps dental restorations securely in place, too, without any adhesive.
Implants also provide similar stimulation that roots do. When you bite and chew with implant-supported dentures, you implants push into your jawbone. That pressure causes your jaw to make new tissue, and that prevents the kind of bone loss that can occur with traditional dentures.
Get Your New Smile Sooner with TeethXpress
Dr. Brånemark’s implants have had a profound impact on restorative dentistry. Implant-supported teeth replacements are the closest thing we can get to regrowing real ones.
As you might expect, there have been a lot of improvements to implants in the half-century since Dr. Brånemark placed them in his first human patient. New kinds of implants, as well as new placement techniques, have made them more secure and more effective.
Typically, getting implants has been a process. After implants are placed, your jawbone needed time to heal. It could take months before you were ready to support your dental bridge or dentures.
But, when you got your new teeth, you could bite and chew nearly as well as you could before your lost your teeth. Plus, you can feel confident that your new “teeth” will stay where you want them to stay.
At Atlanta West Dentistry, you can get your implants and a set of dentures on the same day! We call it TeethExpress®. That way you won’t have to leave without teeth.
Using computer-guided implant surgery, we can precisely place your implants where they will provide the maximum benefit to you. As few as four implants can support a full set of dentures with this technique.
To be clear, your jaw will still need time to heal, but you will be able to start eating with your implant-supported teeth earlier than you could with the old way of getting implants. As your jaw gets stronger, you’ll notice you can eat more and more things.
By the time you are ready for your permanent dentures, you’ll understand how natural your implants feel.
Making It Easier for You to Smile Again
Even when you understand the benefits of full-mouth reconstruction, you may feel anxious about the procedure. Again, we have you covered at our Marietta, GA dental office.
We have a private surgical suite. We offer multiple levels of dental sedation — including IV sedation — to keep you pain-free throughout your procedure.
You should feel comfortable sharing your smile with the world. You also should feel at ease dining out with friends and family. And you should be able to eat all the foods that you love.