When you’ve lost your natural teeth due to decay, injury, or periodontal disease, dentures and bridges aren’t your only option. Dental implants are a safe, effective, and attractive option that restore the look and function of your smile.
A dental implant consists of a surgically-implanted post upon which a crown sits. At My Fabulous Smiles and Marietta Dental and Implant Center, we place the implant into your jaw, and then the bone grows around it to create a stable, secure base for the crown. The surgical process is done right in our office, and we have several convenient locations in the Atlanta area.
You should seriously consider dental implants as your treatment for missing teeth. Read on to learn why implants are the No. 1 choice.
Dental implants look natural
Dental implants look just like your natural teeth. The doctors at our office create a crown that matches the color, shape, and size of your teeth. As a result, no one will know you have missing teeth that have been replaced.
If you opt for dentures to replace missing teeth, you may find they slip or fit awkwardly, affecting your speech. A slipping denture may cause you to slur your words or create a bit of a lisp. But with implants, they function just like natural teeth, so they don’t affect your speech at all.
Normal chewing and no limits on food choices
Dentures often make chewing difficult, and in some cases, you have to avoid certain foods for comfort and hygiene. With dental implants, you can chew just like you do with your natural teeth. No need to restrict your diet or worry about awkward meal times.
Dental implants are fused into the jawbone, creating an artificial “root” that stimulates it so it continues to make more bone tissue and remain healthy and supportive of your facial structure. As a result, your bone is preserved and bone deterioration that can alter the shape of your face and make you look older is discouraged. With dentures, there’s no root to stimulate the jawbone, so you can suffer a loss of bone tissue.
No damage to adjacent teeth
If you receive a bridge to replace missing teeth, the teeth around the area to receive the bridge are filed down in order to anchor the crown. With dental implants, the dentists have no need to cut down any of your natural teeth. Plus, implants fill in spaces where teeth are missing and prevent the shifting of remaining teeth that will occur if these spaces remain unfilled.
High success rate
If you have healthy gums and bone structure, your dental implants have a 98% success rate. Implants can fill in for one tooth, multiple teeth, or even serve as a base for a whole row of missing teeth with implant-supported dentures.
With good oral hygiene including regular brushing, flossing, and coming to see us for professional cleanings, your implants can last a lifetime.
There’s no need to feel self-conscious about missing teeth or dentures that may fall out when you have dental implants. You can smile with confidence because the implants look just like your natural teeth.
Ease of care
Unlike dentures, which require removal every night, special cleaning, and adhesives, implants are permanent. You don’t have to take extra time or steps to care for them.
At My Fabulous Smiles and Marietta Dental and Implant Center, we’re committed to your oral health and want you to benefit from implants if you have missing teeth. To learn if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, contact our office today.