When people choose to restore their smile, they have a few options to select from. For simpler repairs, dental crowns can restore a broken tooth, cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth, or to cover and support a tooth with a large filling. A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that is used to “bridge the gap” between missing teeth. The bridge is supported by anchors on either side, and the false teeth in the middle provide the aesthetics for a complete smile. Dental implants are a surgically inserted anchor that is placed inside the jaw bone to hold a false tooth in place. Dental implants are the only permanent solution to missing teeth.
The biggest advantage of dental implants is their permanence. When dental implants are made of high quality and are well taken care of, they can last a lifetime. Dental implants are created to do what no other tooth replacement option can: preserve natural bone growth and stimulate new bone growth. When a tooth, or teeth, is missing from the mouth, the open space where the missing tooth once was puts the jaw bone at risk for deterioration. The bone will begin to weaken without support, and this weakening will cause the neighboring teeth to lose their support. This creates a “domino effect” and causes the other teeth to become loose in their sockets and eventually fall out. Dental implants work to prevent this deterioration from occurring by filling in the space with an anchor (i.e. titanium implant). The body’s amazing healing properties allow for Osseo integration to occur – which means that the bone will accept the new implant and will grow around the implant to permanently set the dental implant inside the mouth.
The permanence of dental implants makes them the most ideal choice for tooth replacement. Dentures must be replaced every five to ten years, and they often slip or slide around inside the mouth. Dental bridges depend on adjacent teeth for their support. This puts a strain on your remaining natural teeth, and often causes serious, negative repercussions.
If you are interested in learning more about the permanent, natural looking solution to missing teeth, contact Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists today. We are the experienced and trusted source for custom dental implants in the South East. Our doctors look forward to helping you regain your confidence with a beautiful and complete smile.