Posts for: November, 2016
Discover all the wonderful smile benefits you’ll gain when you choose to get dental implants in Augusta.
Don’t let tooth loss go untreated! Besides having a gap in your smile, there are so many more dental complications that can arise if you don’t find the right tooth replacement. Fortunately, our Augusta, GA dentist, Dr. Alan Myers, has an amazing option for adults who are dealing with tooth loss.
What are dental implants?
Implants are meant to replace your tooth roots by being placed into the jawbone where they naturally fuse together with natural bone and tissue over the course of several weeks. An implant is designed to be a permanent and stable structure from which to support an artificial tooth or other dental prosthetics, like dentures.
What are the benefits of getting this restoration?
There are so many advantages to getting dental implants from your Augusta general dentist:
- You’ll have a restoration that is actually designed to last the rest of your life. Depending on when you get your implants, your implants could end up being with you for life. Of course, you’ll still need to maintain good oral health to ensure that your implants stay healthy.
- You’ll have a strong, durable tooth that is as close to a natural tooth as you can come. Sure, nothing beats having natural teeth, but dental implants are certainly a very close second best.
- You’ll now have a restoration that is designed to protect and prevent the health of your jawbone. The implant will stimulate the bone just like natural tooth roots, preventing bone loss and preserving the natural shape and density of the jawbone.
- In turn, since the jawbone is protected, your face’s natural shape will also be preserved. When tooth loss affects the jawbone and changes the density and length of the bone, it also affects the overall shape of your face. Cheeks sink in and skin starts to sag. But implants prevent this from happening in the first place.
Do dental implants sound like the best option for your smile? Well, they very well might be. Find out more by scheduling an appointment at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA. We would be happy to determine whether implants are right for you.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”