Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Whether you lost a tooth because of injury, decay, or periodontal disease, having missing teeth can lead to even more problems, and take a toll on your overall health. That’s because ignoring those missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift, change your bite, and lead to bone loss in your jaw. And, when you have missing teeth, it leaves your remaining teeth more vulnerable to bacteria, which can cause plaque buildup and tooth decay.

But the risks of missing teeth don’t stop there; they can also impact your emotional and psychological well-being as well. But you don’t have to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, there are numerous tooth replacement solutions to help. 

At Marietta Dental & Implant Center in Georgia, our team offers numerous replacement options, whether you’re missing a single tooth or need full-mouth reconstruction. Here’s what you need to know about dental implants and why they offer superior results when it comes to replacing missing teeth. 

What sets dental implants apart

While dentures and bridges are the best choices in certain cases, dental implants often provide more satisfactory results and are most recommended in the vast majority of instances. In fact, patients who have realistic expectations have a high degree of satisfaction with dental implants for years following the procedure. 

Before we explore the specific advantages of implants, here’s a brief overview of the other two most common tooth replacement alternatives: 

Dental bridges

Some bridges require support from dental implants, but some do not: a tooth-supported fixed bridge is the most common. This option has some pros, but it does involve reshaping the surrounding teeth to attach and support the dental bridge. 

Another type is a resin-bonded bridge. This is a good option for many people and often used to replace missing front teeth. However, it’s unlikely to last as long as an implant.

Dentures

If you’re missing several or all of your teeth, full or partial dentures make viable tooth replacement options. But, a removable partial denture usually isn’t as comfortable or as stable as an implant, and it often doesn’t look as natural. They can also cause the bone underneath to degenerate over time. 

Full dentures are often a good choice when you’re missing all of your teeth. They often last between 7-15 years, and sometimes, you can get implant-supported dentures for a more secure fit.

The benefits of dental implants

There are several reasons so many patients choose dental implants and are highly satisfied with the results. First, implants don’t interfere with your speech. Plus, they function just like your natural teeth. When you have implants, it’s easy to forget that you had missing teeth in the first place. 

Additional advantages to dental implants include: 

Dental implants also provide a long-lasting replacement solution for missing teeth. They are designed to be permanent and usually last a lifetime.

The proven success of dental implants

Implants have a high success rate of about 98%, and a very high patient satisfaction rate, too. That means they work, and you’re virtually guaranteed that you’ll be thrilled with the results.

The dentists at Marietta Dental & Implant Center are happy to answer questions and discuss your tooth replacement options. If you’re wondering whether or not implants are a good solution for you, book an appointment online or by phone today. 

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