In the past, the options for replacing missing teeth were limited to removable options such as complete or partial dentures or a fixed dental bridge. Although these options have been used successfully to replace missing teeth, each comes with its own set of challenges. For many patients, traditional dentures are not an ideal solution. This is because traditional dentures are not fixed and therefore require the use of denture adhesive creams. These creams can be messy and difficult to work with. Even with the best of denture adhesive creams, many patients worry constantly about the risk of their dentures slipping or falling out while they are eating or speaking. Dentures also require many patients to change their diets to eliminate foods that are harder to chew. Unfortunately, these foods often include nuts, fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and contain important vitamins and nutrients. Perhaps a more serious issue with dentures is the fact that wearing dentures over time can lead to bone loss. When bone is lost, it can cause the dentures to become uncomfortable to wear and can negatively affect their fit. Bone loss is also detrimental to your long-term oral health.
A fixed dental bridge is another solution that can be used to replace one or several missing teeth. However, a fixed dental bridge requires altering of the abutment teeth located on either side of the bridge. In many cases, the abutment teeth have to be altered so that crowns can be placed over them to provide support for the fixed bridge. This alteration can negatively affect the structural integrity of the abutment teeth and can negatively affect their long-term health.
For these reasons and more, dental implants have now become the ideal solution for patients with missing teeth. Dental implants take the place of missing tooth roots and provide a fixed solution to missing teeth that allows for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime and can dramatically improve your oral health as well as your quality of life. Most people with missing teeth are candidates for this innovative tooth replacement solution.
Pure Dental Health in Atlanta is pleased to be able to offer dental implants to the residents of Atlanta and the surrounding areas. If you would like to get more information about dental implants or to find out if you are a candidate for this life-changing treatment, please call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott today.
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