Golsen Family Dentistry makes the health of your teeth our number one priority. We also strive to restore your happiness and confidence by giving you a beautiful smile. If you have experienced adult tooth loss, we know how devastating it can be. Not only can it negatively affect your overall oral health, it also can cause embarrassment and even depression. Luckily, we offer dental implants for our patients who are looking to permanently replace their missing teeth.
There are several factors that can result in the loss of one or more teeth as an adult. If you are a smoker, you are much more likely to experience tooth loss than a non-smoker. Unfortunately, even those who have given up smoking are still at higher risk. Poor dental hygiene and a lack of professional dental care can lead to major tooth decay resulting in the loss of teeth, too.
If your teeth are generally healthy, you could still experience tooth loss due to age, illness or injury. As we age, our teeth gradually begin to wear down from regular wear and tear. Illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and rheumatoid arthritis have also been shown to cause tooth loss in some individuals. Injuries to the mouth can lead to tooth loss, whether it be an instant “knock out” or trauma that worsens over time.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Unlike dentures that can be removed, dental implants are metal “roots,” called posts, that are surgically placed below the gum line. Once the posts are placed into the jawbone, the dentist is able to mount replacement teeth into the posts. Because they are essentially screwed into the bone, dental implants make eating and speaking feel much easier and more natural than dentures.
Dental implants are versatile because they can be used to replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the surrounding teeth. For example, bridges are often used to replace a single tooth but the surrounding teeth have to be filed down to accommodate the bridge. With a dental implant, the dentist places the metal post beneath the gumline and mounts the replacement tooth directly into the post, leaving the surrounding teeth undisturbed.
Candidates for dental implants have overall healthy gums and a solid jawbone. To find out if you are a candidate, contact our Alpharetta office to set up a consultation today!