Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations to ever come out of the field of dentistry and provide a sturdy and lasting replacement option for patients with missing teeth. The procedure involves inserting prosthetic (titanium) screws into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. The jawbone is then given time to heal and to fuse with the screws in a process referred to as osseointegration. Once the screws are anchored tightly into the jawbone they provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth that are made to look and feel like natural teeth.
Of all the available tooth replacement options, dental implants most closely resemble natural teeth in appearance as well as function. For this reason, they are considered by many to be the gold standard in tooth replacement. However, they are more expensive than bridges, partials and full dentures. This causes many people with missing teeth to wonder if they really are worth the extra cost. The answer is a resounding yes!
Why are dental implants so much better than other tooth replacement options? The reasons are many. Dental implants provide such a natural appearance that they are virtually impossible to detect by others. They are so comfortable to wear, you may even forget that you have them! Unlike dentures, you do not have to worry about dental implants slipping or falling out while you are talking or eating. This can have a significant effect on your self-esteem as well as your quality of life. The hassle of denture adhesive creams is also eliminated. With dental implants, you do not have to change your diet to restrict or eliminate healthy, fiber-rich foods that are harder to chew. This can positively affect your overall health. Unlike tooth-supported bridges they do not require the reduction of the adjacent teeth. This is much better for your long-term oral health.
If you are missing teeth and are tired of hiding your smile or dealing with dentures, call our Buckhead dental practice today to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. There are very few medical rule-outs for dental implants and most patients are candidates for this highly successful tooth replacement system. You may also want to speak with one of our patient coordinators about the available financing options.
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