Dental implants can restore your smile, as well as normal tooth functioning. In addition to those immediate benefits, there are numerous long term benefits of dental implants as well. Dr. Tu Nguyen at AT Dental in Lawrenceville, GA, can determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, which require sufficient bone in the jaw area to support the implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts similar in appearance to a small screw. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and function as anchors for artificial teeth, such as dental crowns or bridgework. Since dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they are able to securely hold artificial teeth in place indefinitely with no risk of coming loose or falling out with normal activities. Enough bone is needed to support a dental implant. Your Lawrenceville, GA, dentist can examine an x-ray of the jaw area to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Long Term Benefits
A major benefit of dental implants is that they are a long term replacement option for missing or extracted teeth. Dental implants actually fuse with the jawbone over time through a natural process called osseointegration. The fusing of the dental implants with bone ensures the implants remain securely in place so they can serve as strong anchors for artificial teeth. Additionally, dental implants help preserve existing bone, which often deteriorates following tooth loss.
Other long term benefits of dental implants stem from filling in the gaps caused by missing teeth. When teeth are missing, there is less support for the muscles of the face. Without enough support, the face can sag and droop and make a patient appear older. Restoring the natural contours of the face by filling in the gaps from missing teeth can also help patients appear more youthful.
Another long term benefit of dental implants is the restoration of normal speech. The gaps caused by missing teeth can alter placement of the tongue when speaking, which can change the way you sound when talking. Using dental implants to fill in the gaps helps correct tongue placement when speaking so you sound like yourself again.
Reducing excess strain on teeth is an additional long term benefit of dental implants. Existing teeth take on more work to compensate for missing ones. Taking on more work puts excess strain on these teeth and can cause them to be worn down faster. Using dental implants to restore your smile helps redistribute biting and chewing functions across a full set of teeth and eliminate any excess strain on certain teeth.
There are many long term benefits to having dental implants. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment with Dr. Nguyen, your Lawrenceville, GA, dentist, by calling AT Dental at (770) 277-0774.
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