What Are Dental Implants?
The main reason for us to have a jaw bone is to hold our teeth in place. If you lose one or more teeth, your body thinks it does not need the bone in that area anymore and it begins to “resorb” (dissolve) the bone. When this happens, our face loses support and sinks in, giving us an appearance of being much older than we actually are. The best way to stop this bone loss and early aging process is by replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Jaw Decay Due to Tooth Loss
If you’ve lost one or more of your teeth to gum disease, injury or tooth decay, dental implants may be the best way to restore your smile.
Designed to match the color and look of surrounding teeth, dental implants are made of lightweight, surgical-grade titanium and are actually fused to your bone as permanent solutions.
When teeth begin to decay, the jaw bone does as well over time, thereby resulting in a small and shrunken look. Losing bone strength and structure in the jaw this way also tends to age a person greatly. Through dental implants, you can begin to regain that bone structure, strengthen your jaw and get back to showing off the strong, healthy smile you used to have.
Benefits of Dental Implants
With the help of dental implants, patients can experience improved chewing and speaking abilities, as well as a restored, beautiful smile and youthful appearance. Dental implants can also serve as sturdy support for a fixed dental bridge or denture.
Approximately 50% of people in America between the ages of 18 and 64 are missing one or more teeth. The most natural, functional, and advanced technology to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) is dental implants. The benefits of implants include:
- Dental Implants never develop decay, and will never require a root canal.
- Dental implants preserve the jawbone, and prevents the look of premature aging due to a sunken face.
- More than 9 out of 10 implants last greater than 15 years.
In addition to giving you the confidence to smile brightly, dental implants can also provide the following benefits:
- Convenient and durable. There’s nothing to remove, because implants are fixed, and they’re very durable. When taken care of, an implant may last a lifetime.
- Eating is easier. A gap in your mouth where a tooth used to be can make everyday activities like eating more difficult. Traditional dentures can slide and move as your tongue, cheek and lips muscles move which doesn’t make eating any easier and often painful with sore spots. When you choose ose a dental implants, you’ll have a mouth full of teeth again and will find yourself eating better for perhaps the first time in years!
- Improved oral health.Your dental implants will never decay, and you’ll never need root canals on them. If you have been diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease removing the teeth which is sometimes the nidus of the infection you will get rid of the disease as well and have a healthier mouth and body.
- Improved speech. If you are missing teeth, or if you have been using dentures, you may unconsciously be mumbling or even slurring your words. With dental implants, there is no danger of the dentures slipping so you can speak comfortably and clearly.
- Can make you look younger! Because dental implants help preserve your jawbone, they can reduce a “sunken face” appearance and make you look years younger.
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The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant process is a two-part procedure. In the first, a channel is created in the jawbone (where your roots would be in a regular tooth), and the implant is fitted into that channel. A temporary healing cap may be placed over the new channel to prevent your gum from closing over the implant.
This surgery should not be painful and is generally done under local anesthesia just like other common dental procedures. However, when you get your dental implants with the Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry, we also provide sedation dentistry to help you stay relaxed throughout the procedure.
Then, your mouth will need to heal and the implant will fuse to the bone over a period of two to six months. Once the implant has fused, your dentist will be able to attach a tooth restoration to the implant to finalize the procedure.
Missing Multiple Teeth
If you are missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Patel at the Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry may use a combination of implants and custom-designed bridgework or crowns to give you back a gap-free smile in as little as one day.
If it makes sense to replace all of your upper or lower teeth due to decay or other reason, implant-supported dentures may be used instead of traditional dentures. With implant-supported dentures, the dentures are connected to the implants, so you don’t need to worry about the slipping and sliding that can occur with traditional dentures. These also provide additional support for your cheeks, lips and face if you’ve had extensive gum-tissue or bone loss.
Taking Care of Dental Implants
Just as brushing, flossing and regular cleanings are important for your natural teeth, they’re also important for your implants. Your Marietta dentist will periodically monitor your new implants to make sure they’re doing what you want and need them to do.
Choose The Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry for Your Dental Implants
Here at the Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry, in most cases all of your treatment will be done in house by one dentist Dr. Patel. He is not only trained by and accredited by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry but will also base your treatment using Neuro Muscular principles to ensure he gets you into the best bite relationship possible giving you a more comfortable fit and also in most cases making you look years younger