The effects of tooth loss are probably something that most of us don't really think about until we've experienced it. The cosmetic and aesthetic toll that missing teeth will take on your smile is usually the main concern, but there are also a number of implications for your oral and general health. Dental implants are the most comprehensive and permanent replacements for natural teeth that have been lost through everything from a sports injury or accident, to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Alan Myers offers dental implants and family dentistry services in the Martinez and Augusta, GA, area.
Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants
Every tooth is anchored in the gums by its root. Although they are not visible to the naked eye, the root helps to secure the crown of the tooth in place and to maintain healthy bone tissue in the gums. Once the tooth is gone the bone tissue around it starts to erode, increasing the risk for oral health issues.
Cosmetic dental replacements like crowns and dentures help to restore function and will make you look and feel better when you smile, but implants work as a reinforcement behind the scenes to make sure that your restorations are secure and that you don't lose healthy bone tissue.
How They Work
First, the dentist will perform a comprehensive dental exam to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants. In order to qualify, you must have enough bone density remaining to support the implant. Once you've received the green light, the dentist begins by surgically placing the implant in the socket of the missing tooth. The implant portion is made of a small, titanium biocompatible screw.
The implant then begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, securing it in place and helping to spur the growth of healthy new tissue as well. The last step is to attach the cosmetic crown to the implant. Implants can support everything from a single tooth to a set of dentures (with just a few implants). If you can commit to maintaining a rigorous oral hygiene routine and follow up dental care, implants have a high success rate and can be a good long-term solution for the cosmetic and oral health problems caused by tooth loss.
Living with full or partial toothless can have a negative impact on your health and quality of life. For more information about the benefits and advantages of smile restoration with dental implants, contact Myers Family Dental in Martinez, GA serving Augusta, GA by calling (706) 738-7742 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Myers today.