If you have lost a tooth due to trauma or if you need to have one or more teeth extracted, you are probably wondering what you should do. If only one or two of your teeth are missing, you may be considering a bridge. If you are missing a significant number of teeth, you might be thinking of dentures. At Old Milton Dental, though we’ve found that dental implants are the best option for a lot of patients in Alpharetta.
So why do people choose dental implants instead of getting a bridge or full or partial dentures? Once it has been implanted, healed and the permanent crown has been installed, a dental implant looks, feels and acts just like a natural tooth. You do not have to take your implants out at night as you do with dentures and you will not have to damage other teeth to anchor a bridge either.
If you have otherwise decent good dental and oral health, then you should be a good candidate for dental implants. For the most part, as long as you have enough bone mass in your jaw and your gums are in pretty good shape, dental implants should not present a problem.
Advantages and Disadvantages
For most patients, the advantages of dental implants far outweigh any disadvantages. However, some patients cannot get implants because they have lost too much bone mass in their jaws or because they have another condition that can cause problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
If these issues do not affect you, then you will enjoy permanent, natural looking and feeling teeth that can last a lifetime with normal dental hygiene and regular visits to us at Old Milton Dental. One thing to note, though – the porcelain crown on your implant will not become stained like your other teeth and also will not respond to whitening, so you will want to be sure about your color choice.