Dentist in Tucker GA shares 5 Reasons Why Dental Implants Are So Popular
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports more than 3 million Americans are eating effortlessly and smiling attractively with dental implants. Every year, around 500,000 more people join their happy and satisfied ranks! To understand how Dr. Kay Kalantari and your oral surgeon design and place implants, is to appreciate the many features that make dental implants a sought-after choice for tooth replacement. Here, Dr. Kay and the team explain 5 reasons why dental implants are so popular in Tucker GA (and beyond) at Dentistry at Kennesaw Point.
1 – They’re just like natural teeth.
Your natural tooth has many components, including the root that holds it in place. Dental implants function like tooth roots. Made from tissue-friendly titanium, implants are placed in the jawbone during an outpatient procedure. Bone gradually grows around the implant to become a part of you.
“Conventional” tooth replacement sits on top of the gums, and is stabilized in a couple of different ways:
- Dental bridges are held in place by surrounding teeth. The replacement tooth is fused to crowns placed on the neighboring teeth. So, bridges get their strength from other teeth.
- Removable dentures are held in place with natural suction or adhesive products. Generally, the more surface area for the dentures to adhere to, the better the seal. This is why upper dentures tend to fit better than lower dentures that require adhesives to prevent them from slipping around.
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Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures aren’t going anywhere, because they are connected to the jaw. Prosthetics designed like natural teeth are the most lifelike in terms of how they look, feel, and function in your mouth.
2 – They don’t decay!
Severe decay is one of the two most common reasons (the other is gum disease) a natural tooth may need to undergo an “overhaul” with root canal therapy, a build-up, and dental crown; however, since the root is still present, the treated tooth remains susceptible to decay. As prosthetic, implant-supported teeth do not decay like natural tooth structure. Dental materials like porcelain and titanium are impervious to the oral bacteria and acid attacks that wreak havoc on natural teeth. That’s not to say oral hygiene should go on autopilot.
3 – They’re low-maintenance.
Unlike artificial teeth, gum tissue remains vulnerable to harmful bacteria and other threats to good oral health. It’s important to brush and floss implant-supported teeth consistently and thoroughly. Visit Dentistry at Kennesaw Point as recommended by Dr. Kay. Some patients, such as those with dry mouth or certain medical conditions, are at greater risk of developing gum disease and may require more frequent check-ups and in-office cleanings than the 6-month “standard.” Without good oral hygiene, the implant-retained crown, bridge, or denture promotes a type of gum inflammation and disease that develops around the implant itself. But that’s all it takes – brushing, flossing, check-ups/professional cleanings – no special floss threaders, interdental brushes, or cleaners are needed to keep your new teeth going strong for years to come.
4 – Implants preserve bone strength.
It doesn’t take long for gaps to affect the appearance of your smile and confidence; however, the longer-term effects of missing teeth are commonly overlooked. Your teeth not only support proper speech and digestion, but they also keep your facial bone strong. When teeth aren’t present to stimulate the surrounding jawbone, hard tissue starts to melt away. This process makes existing chewing and speech problems worse and can add years to the appearance of your face as skeletal structure and support diminishes. The force from chewing with implant-supported teeth moves through the artificial roots or implants to the jaw. In turn, bone stays strong. Not only do implants prevent devastating bone loss, but they help to regenerate the jawbone among those patients who have already experienced this resorption process.
5 – They’re a great value!
Your natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Since implants are designed like natural teeth, the same could be said of the crowns and dentures that they support. Dental bridges may need to be replaced, especially when patients have difficulty removing food that gets trapped underneath the bridge. Dentures also require ongoing relining, repair and, eventually, replacement. Also, a minimum number of implants are needed to replace a maximum number of teeth; for instance, three or four teeth in a row may be supported with just two implants in an implant-retained bridge. As few as four implants may be needed to replace an entire arch of teeth with an implant-retained denture. A portion of treatment may be covered by your insurance, and the Dentistry at Kennesaw Point works with patients to remove financial barriers to getting the care that’s recommended by Dr. Kay.Back to Implants Page