Losing a tooth, or even several teeth due to trauma to your mouth or extensive decay, will make you consider dental implants. An implant is simply a screw made of a very hard metal, titanium, that your dentist anchors in your jaw. It serves to replace the damaged tooth root, and support a crown.
Perhaps you are wondering, “Why not dentures?” That is certainly a valid question. Historically, dentures have been the solution to the problem of missing teeth. In addition, modern dentures fit so well that they feel very close to your natural teeth. The key word, of course, is “close.” No matter how good your dentures are, they won’t feel exactly the same as the teeth you were born with. Dental implants, on the other hand, are indistinguishable, both in terms of appearance and function, from your own teeth. They offer many benefits. Implants strengthen bone mass in your jaw unlike dentures, which weakens it. Don’t fall for any misconceptions claiming dentures are better.
After ensuring you are a candidate, your surgery will be scheduled. Implant surgery is performed under local anesthetic, the same as if you were just having a filling. You will feel no pain. The titanium screw is anchored to your jawbone. The area will need time to heal afterwards. Once the healing is complete, your crown will be placed.
You can have a single tooth replaced or multiple teeth replaced with dental implants. You could, depending on the number of missing teeth, have a full set of implants placed in just a few months. In the very worst case, it might take up to eight months. At Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA, we offer single-tooth and multi-tooth implants, in addition to implant-supported dentures.
The dental implant procedure has many advantages, including it is highly effective, with a success rate of 98%. Your implants will not decay. However, there are two things that could cause them to fail. The first is the same thing that damages your own teeth. If you don’t practice good oral hygiene, your implants may possibly fail. This is because your gums can still be vulnerable to disease. If plaque builds up under the gum line, the implants could weaken.
You could also damage your implants by biting down too hard. In this case, the damage is not actually to the implants – titanium cannot be damaged. The damage is actually to the crowns. Since the porcelain used to manufacture the crowns is a material quite like your natural teeth, it can be every bit as vulnerable to grinding or biting. If you are prone to grinding or clenching, your dentist will fit you with an appliance that will prevent it. Follow our instructions to ensure your dental implants last as long as possible.
Contact Our Alpharetta Dentist Office to Discuss Dental Implants
If you have missing or damaged teeth, and you have been considering implants, contact Old Milton Dental in Alpharetta, GA for a consultation. You can call us at 678-624-0370 to book an appointment, or use the Contact Us page. We are conveniently located at Suite 270 4165 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta GA 30005, and we look forward to meeting you.To learn more, read our FAQs or take our implants Quiz to test your knowledge or our true or false Quiz. Before setting up a consultation, be sure to ask yourself these questions.