Are you unsure if dental implants are the ideal tooth restoration option for you? Our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Neal Pylant, explains how you can benefit from implants.
Implants offer a long-lasting solution
Dental implants are made of titanium, a lightweight metal that bonds to bone. The small posts take the place of your roots and are inserted into your jaw during a minor surgical procedure in our Athens office. It usually takes about three to six months for your implants to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Once osseointegration occurs, you'll return to your general dentist to be fitted for a crown that will be added to the top of the implant. In most cases, dental implants will last your entire life. There's no limit to the number of missing teeth dental implants can replace.
Dental implants are the most comfortable option
If you know anyone who has dentures, you've probably heard that they can be uncomfortable if they don't fit properly. Slipping dentures can irritate your gums, making it uncomfortable to chew. Although bridges are much less likely to slip, they can also be uncomfortable if they don't fit well.
Because your new crown is firmly attached to your dental implant, it won't move or slip. In fact, you may find it difficult to tell which tooth is artificial. Comfort is a key reason that many people choose dental implants.
You won't have to alter your diet when you choose dental implants
Dentures reduce your biting power significantly, which makes it impossible to eat hard or tough foods. If you don't want to change your diet, either implants with crowns or implant-supported dentures offer a better option. As already mentioned, implants with crowns do not move or slip. With implant-supported appliances, dentures are attached to implants or a metal framework attached to your jawbone. Both implant options are very stable and give you the power you need to eat corn on the cob or bite into an apple.
Dental implants protect your jawbone
After tooth loss, your jawbone begins to shrink. As the bone recedes, teeth may loosen and fall out. Jawbone recession also causes the muscles in the lower part of your face to sag, making you look older. Dental implants press on your jawbone just as your roots did and help keep it strong and healthy.
Would you like to find out if dental implants are right for you? Call our Athens, GA, periodontist, Dr. Pylant, at (706) 543-0026 to schedule an appointment.