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Dental implants provide an excellent option if you need to fill gaps in your smile. Long-lasting implants, offered by your Peachtree City, GA, dentist, Dr. James Reid Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental, feel more like natural teeth and may never need to be replaced.
Dental implants get to the root of the issue with restorations
Innovative dental implants replace your missing tooth roots with titanium posts. These synthetic root replacements gradually bond to your jawbone over several months, becoming just as strong as your natural tooth roots. Once your implants bond completely, your Peachtree City dentist attaches dental crowns to the top of them. Crowns are artificial teeth made from an impression of your mouth.
Strong roots are the key to the comfort and functionality of dental implants. Dentures and poorly fitting bridges can slip and slide because they're not anchored to roots. Luckily, your new dental crowns won't budge even if you munch on a carrot or enjoy a thick, juicy steak. Your biting power won't be affected either, thanks to your brand new titanium roots.
Although dental implants are a good choice if you've lost just one tooth, they can also be used to replace multiple teeth. Implant-supported bridges and dentures comfortably fill the gaps in your smile.
Implants keep your jaw strong
Replacing lost roots with implants prevents jawbone resorption, a common problem if you've lost teeth. When the bone is no longer stimulated by the roots, it begins to shrink. Resorption can lead to several other issues, including shifting teeth, a changing bite, increased risk for cavities due to difficulty cleaning overlapping teeth, weakened jawbone, loose teeth and facial sagging. Luckily, it's easy to avoid these issues simply by opting for dental implants.
Caring for dental implants is easy
Keeping your implants healthy is no harder than caring for your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental visits, will help keep your implants in good shape. Flossing around the implants is particularly important and can help you avoid infections that may loosen your implants.
Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Peachtree City, GA, dentist, Dr. James Reid Roberts of Brilliant Smiles Dental at (770) 486-8516 to make an appointment.
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants, you’re in good company. Dentists have placed more than 3 million of these popular devices since their introduction in the early 1980s.
But if you have multiple missing teeth, you might think the cost of all those individual implants could put them out of your league. Yes, replacing multiple teeth with individual implants can be quite expensive—but implant technology isn’t limited to one tooth at a time. A few well-placed implants can impart their proven durability and stability to other types of restorations.
For example, we can incorporate implants into a bridge for a series of missing teeth. Conventional bridges are normally fixed in place by altering and then crowning natural teeth on each side of the missing teeth gap with a fixed row of prosthetic (false) teeth in the middle to fill it. Instead, two implants placed at the ends of the gap can support the bridge rather than natural teeth. This not only provides greater stability for the bridge, it also avoids permanent altering the natural teeth that would have been used.
Implants can also support a fixed bridge to restore complete tooth loss on a jaw. The new bridge is attached to a few strategically placed implants along the jaw line to equally distribute biting forces. This can result in a strong hold with excellent durability.
We can also use implants to improve traditional dentures. Dentures normally rest directly on the gums’ bony ridges, depending on a snug fit for stability. But bone loss, a natural consequence of missing teeth, can still occur while wearing dentures, which may in fact accelerate the rate of loss due to the appliance’s constant pressure and friction against the gums.
Instead, just a few implants placed along the jaw can, with attachments built into the denture, hold it securely in place. This not only decreases the pressure on the gums, but the natural bone growth that occurs around the implant may even deter bone loss.
Depending on your situation, there could be a viable restoration solution involving implants. Visit our office for a complete examination and evaluation to see if implants could help change your smile forever.
If you would like more information on implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants 101: the Most Significant Innovation in the Past Century.”
There are good reasons, for both health and appearance, to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or similar restoration as soon as is practical. The bone around a tooth socket diminishes the longer it remains empty, up to 25% the first year. And, of course, your smile is less attractive, especially with a highly visible tooth.
If it’s your teenager, though, you may need to wait on a permanent restoration because their jaws are still developing. An implant placed before completion of jaw development could eventually appear out of alignment with neighboring teeth.
Our biggest concern is protecting bone health at the site of the missing tooth. We can do this and encourage growth by placing bone grafts (processed minerals from another donor) that serve as scaffolds on which surrounding bone can grow. Grafts usually dissolve (resorb) over time, but the rate of resorption can be slowed for a younger patient in need of long-term bone growth.
Planned orthodontic treatment can usually go on as scheduled. The orthodontist may accommodate the tooth loss by adding a temporary tooth within the braces or other device that matches the color and shape of the patient’s natural teeth. The orthodontist will also take care to maintain the empty space for a future implant or other restoration.
A dental implant is considered the best option for a missing tooth, not only for its life-like appearance and durability, but also its ability to encourage bone maintenance. Timing, though, is essential for teenagers. As it grows, the upper jaw will tend to move forward and down. Natural teeth move with this growth; implants, though, are attached differently and won’t move with the jawbone. While the other teeth around them move, the implants can appear to shrink back resulting in an unattractive smile appearance. So waiting until the jaw has finished growing is important.
For most people, jaw growth finishes by age twenty-one for men, women usually faster, but each person is different. The dentist’s expertise and experience, coupled with comparisons of adult family members’ facial appearances, will help determine the right time to undertake a permanent restoration for the best outcome both for health and a permanent, attractive smile.
If you would like more information on treating teenagers with missing teeth, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers.”
What does your smile say about you? If missing teeth aren't disclosing the truth about you, dental implants can help you regain your confidence and your dental health! At Brilliant Smiles Dental in Peachtree City, GA, Dr. James Reid Roberts offers dental implants as a way to help his patients restore their smiles. The questions you may about these incredible restorations are answered here!
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant starts as a tiny metal screw, which your Peachtree City dentist will embed in your jawbone during a procedure at Brilliant Smiles Dental. This is a minor dental surgery that offers major results: the jawbone will fix the post in place, allowing Dr. Roberts to attach the abutment and crown, which finishes off your implant. Crowns are made from a ceramic material that is meticulously painted, shined and shaped to look like a natural tooth and blend in with the rest of your smile.
Why should I choose dental implants?
There are many ways to replace missing teeth, but all dental restorations typically have a shelf life of a decade or less before they'll need replacement. Dental implants, however, are designed to last many years because of the unique way that their anchoring post actually becomes part of your jawbone, replicating a natural tooth's root system. This also means that unlike full and partial dentures, you don't have to remove your dental implants to scrub them for a nightly cleaning ritual. In fact, as your Peachtree Dentist will show you, dental implants are made to be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth in order to keep the gum tissue surrounding them healthy and clean. With proper care, including regular checkups at Brilliant Smiles Dental, your dental implants can last a lifetime.
To make an appointment with Dr. James Reid Roberts to learn more about dental implants, contact Brilliant Smiles Dental in Peachtree City, GA today!
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”