There are many ways you can replace your missing teeth. But how do you decide when there are so many options? Dr. Angie Hedlund of Esthetic Dental Solutions discusses the benefits of getting dental implants in Alpharetta, GA, and why they’re the gold standard in tooth replacement.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants consist of three separate parts. First, a titanium post is a part that’s actually implanted in your jawbone. Next, a piece called an abutment is attached to the post to connect it with the final restoration. The final restoration is typically a dental crown. However, dental implants can also support a dental bridge or fixed denture.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
There’s a reason why dental implants have such a good reputation. First, they’re the only tooth replacement option that replaces the tooth root. When you lose a tooth and tooth root, it causes the jawbone to deteriorate. This leads to the appearance of a sagging face, as well as other issues. Dental implants can stop or even reverse this process. Placing the post in the jawbone spurs bone regeneration, as it has to fuse with the bone.
Because they’re placed in the jawbone, you get the stability that you don’t have with other options. Implants give you 100% of your bite function back. Compare that to the 30-40% bite function that you get with dentures. You don’t have to eliminate any foods from your diet or worry about the restoration slipping.
Implants both look and feel the most natural out of all of the replacement options. Other restorations can have a learning curve and may be difficult to use. With dental implants, you don’t have that problem. There’s no extra maintenance needed for implants either. You can follow a normal oral healthcare routine of brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist. Implants are a permanent restoration designed to last for years to come.
The Dental Implants Process
If Dr. Hedlund determines that dental implants are the right choice for you, the surgical part of the implant comes first. Surgery is done to place the implant post in your jaw, carefully selected to provide the most support. It requires 3-6 months for this procedure to fully heal. While that may seem like a long time, it’s essential to get the stability dental implants are known for.
Once the implant healing process is completed, an abutment will be attached to the top of the implant post. We may recommend a week or two for the soft tissue to heal around the area. Last, Dr. Hedlund will create a custom dental crown for the final restoration. She’ll make sure it matches the size, shape, and shade of your other teeth. No one should be able to tell you even have a dental implant!
Getting Dental Implants in Alpharetta, Georgia
Do you think dental implants are the right choice to replace your missing teeth? Call us or schedule an appointment online.