All About Dental Implants
In the past, the only options for replacing teeth were treatments like dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. While effective, crowns and bridges require a dentist to shave down healthy teeth for support, while dentures can shift around when eating. But thankfully, there's a new, highly effective option for replacing teeth: dental implants. At Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, we help patients throughout Atlanta achieve a better smile through dental implants on a daily basis – so here's everything you need to know about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
At a base level, dental implants are composed of a small, screw-like titanium post - the implant itself - and a dental crown that fits onto the implant. The implant is placed into the socket left behind by a missing or removed tooth, allowed to heal, then covered with a crown that is custom shaped and color-matched to fit your teeth. When combined with a tooth-colored crown, implants offer a long-lasting option for replacing teeth and are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
So why would someone choose dental implants over other options? Implants come with a number of advantages when replacing teeth:
- Stronger Support: Because implants are made from titanium, they possess a unique property called osseointegration – they literally fuse with the jawbone. This provides a stronger support than other replacement options and makes them nearly as strong as natural teeth.
- Prevent Bone Loss: Because dentures sit on the gums, they apply bit pressure downward onto the jawbone. Over time, this pressure can cause bone loss. Implants fuse with the jawbone and distribute bite pressure naturally, helping to protect the jawbone over the long-term.
- Long-Lasting Treatment: Crowns and bridges need to be replaced every 5-15 years. But with proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
- Simple Procedure: Placing dental implants is a minor, routine surgical procedure. It's comfortable, convenient, and quick for patients.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Atlanta, GA Implant Dentists
Whether you want to replace one tooth, several teeth, or get a new smile entirely, implants can provide an effective, long-lasting treatment. Call us today at 404.261.4941 or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation for dental implants. We'll work with you to determine the best possible treatment plan and help you achieve a gorgeous new smile!