Replacement options for missing teeth no longer lie in removable dental devices like bridges or dentures. Dental implants are the most permanent and effective way to fill in your gaps. But how do dental implants hold up to more traditional replacement methods? Find out with help from your Augusta, GA dentist Dr. Alan Myers at Myers Family Dental.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants replace both a missing tooth and its root. The root’s replacement comes in the form of a small titanium cylinder called a fixture. Implanted into the jawbone below the gumline of a missing tooth, the fixture integrates into the bone to provide a stable and bone-supported foundation for your new tooth. After successful integration, the implant’s prosthetic tooth, called a crown, permanently attaches to the fixture. Patients who have lost all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch may benefit from implant-supported dentures. These dentures use four strategically placed implants to anchor a denture into place.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike bridges and dentures, your dental implant keeps your dental restoration in your mouth where it belongs. Dental implants’ non-removable design means you never have to take your implant out to soak or clean it. Simply brush it twice daily and floss once a day along with your natural teeth. Additionally, implants allow you to eat the foods you love without worrying that they will move around or fall out. This avoids potentially embarrassing situations and allows you the confidence you need to look and feel great. When a tooth is missing, the bone underneath lacks stimulation and begins to atrophy. Dental implants provide stimulation of the bone, preventing further complications and keeping the bone healthy.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Great candidates for dental implants must have enough bone left under their missing tooth to support the implant. Dr. Myers can help you determineâ€‹ if you meet this important requirement. A strong at-home oral care routine is necessary to keep your implant and natural teeth healthy and free from tooth decay. See your dentist at least twice a year to ensure your teeth are in the best shape possible.
For more information on dental implants, please contact your dentist Dr. Alan Myers at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA. Call (706) 738-7742 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants today!