There’s a good chance you’ll need to replace a tooth one day, as only 34% of adults over the age of 40 retain all their original teeth. When the time comes to replace a tooth, the very best option is a dental implant. The professional team at DentalHome specializes in dental implants at their offices in Duluth and Commerce, Georgia, whether you need to replace one tooth or a full mouth of teeth. To learn more about the benefits of implants, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental implant consists of two components, a titanium rod that’s surgically implanted in your jawbone and a piece called an abutment that’s placed on top of the rod to hold a crown, bridge, or dentures.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth because they:
A dental implant is the closest you can get to your original tooth. It provides the same strength and function like real teeth.
When you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth begin to move toward the empty space. As a result, you develop a bad bite, uneven wear on your teeth, and the potential for tooth damage. An implant prevents those problems.
If you need a bridge, anchoring the bridge with an implant also preserves your natural teeth. Without an implant, your existing teeth are reshaped and used as anchors.
Your jawbone continuously eliminates old bone and replaces it with new, healthy bone. This process, however, is triggered by pressure from your teeth and their roots. When you have missing teeth, new bone development stops, and your jawbone weakens and degenerates. A dental implant takes over the job of your original root, so it continues to maintain the bone.
Before scheduling an implant, your dentist at DentalHome examines your teeth and jaw. If your jawbone is too weak to support an implant, the first step is a bone graft to strengthen your jaw.
Surgery to insert the implant begins with a small incision to access the top of your jawbone, followed by screwing the implant rod into the bone. Over the next few months, the bone grows around and attaches to the rod, firmly anchoring it in place. When the healing process is finished, the abutment and new tooth are attached.
Implants are versatile — the dentists at DentalHome can insert a single implant to replace one tooth, multiple implants for several new teeth, or two implants to hold a bridge. You can also receive implant-retained dentures.
If you need to replace a tooth, schedule an appointment at DentalHome online or by phone today to learn about dental implants.