If you have one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a great restoration option. Yvonne Beckford, DDS, PC, has the skills and experience needed to create gorgeous and durable dental implants, and she’s helped many residents of Tucker, Georgia, and the greater Atlanta area feel great about their smiles. When you’re ready to explore dental implants in more detail, call Dr. Yvonne Beckford, or book your visit online.
Most men and women consider aesthetics to be the primary reason to replace missing teeth. Though missing teeth can certainly detract from your smile, serious health issues are also at play when you have multiple missing teeth.
To begin, your remaining teeth can shift out of position, altering your bite. That can place undue pressure on your teeth and cause excess wear. You might also change your diet to accommodate missing teeth, leaving you without the nutrients you need to thrive. Your speech can also be negatively affected.
Every time you bite down, your teeth place pressure on your jaw bone. This stimulation is essential for healthy bone tissue, and when you have missing teeth, the bone can slowly wear away, a process called resorption.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that looks and functions much like your natural teeth. They consist of a titanium “root” anchored directly into your bone tissue and topped with an artificial crown. The crown portion can be temporarily or permanently attached, depending on your needs.
It takes several appointments to complete the dental implant process. You can choose to have single implants placed to replace a few missing teeth or have several implants placed to support an entire arch of implants.
You have options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is a span of artificial teeth anchored to surrounding healthy teeth by crowns. Dentures can replace most — or even all — of your teeth, and they can be removed for cleaning and repair. Both options, however, will need to be periodically replaced.
The best candidates for dental implants are non-smokers with good oral health. It’s important to have enough bone tissue to anchor the implant and healthy gum tissue to adhere to the crown.
While you are in the process of getting dental implants, you’ll need to take good care of the implant site as the healing process moves forward. Once your implants are fully fused with your bone tissue, however, there is no need for any type of special care. Simply brush and floss normally.
Though your dental implants can’t decay, plaque can still accumulate, which can affect the surrounding teeth and gum tissue. A great dental hygiene routine can go a long way toward keeping your mouth healthy and happy.
Learn more about dental implants and other tooth replacement options by booking an appointment with Dr. Beckford today. Online scheduling is available, or you can simply call the office to set up a visit.