Your teeth have several important functions. They help you chew your food, form proper speech, maintain the structure of your face, and too many other tasks to even mention here.
It’s safe to say that your teeth take a beating each and every day, and even with great oral hygiene and proper care, it sometimes just isn’t enough.
Whether you’ve taken impeccable care of your teeth, or you’ve neglected them over the years, they tend to wear down over time, and may even need to be replaced.
Your first thought might be to panic (remember your grandma’s dentures that sat beside the bathroom sink?), but fortunately with advancements in modern technology replacing teeth can be done in a safe, effective, and efficient manner thanks to dental implants.
Brief overview: What are dental implants?
Loose fitting dentures have been a problem for centuries (I’m sure “wooden teeth” from the 1700s shifted around quite a bit, don’t you think?), and in the last fifty years several dental implant pioneers, including Per-Ingvar Branemark, the “father of modern dental implantology,” set out to fix this problem for his patients.
Dental implants are essentially replacements for your natural tooth roots that have become damaged over time, and are incapable of performing the task they were originally designed to do.
Artificial tooth roots can replace single teeth, anteriors and posteriors, as well as the full upper portion of your teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth and have a gummy smile, dental implants may be the perfect solution for your needs.
Why are they needed?
Dental implants play a pivotal role in maintaining facial structure, improving smiles, and allowing patients to eat their favorite foods, which all equate to a drastically improved quality of life.
Dental implants have helped patients that have a poor self-image increase their self-confidence, and gain the courage to take on new challenges in life (such as a job promotion, going back to school, etc.), one smile at a time.
What types of dental implants are right for my situation?
At Bragg Dental we offer three unique dental implant solutions, one of which will certainly meet all of your dental health needs. The three main types of implants are:
- Root implants
- Plate form implants
- Subperiosteal implants
Root implants are made of titanium, which is a safe metal that works well with the body and bonds well with your jaw bone during the healing process. This artificial root is placed into the jawbone with local anesthesia, where it integrates with the bone over a period of 3-8 months in a process known as osseointegration.
Once this process is complete, we cap the tooth with a dental crown, bridge, or other cosmetic enhancement in order to make the tooth look just as good (if not better) than your natural teeth.
The second option, a plate form implant is for patients who do not have a wide enough jaw bone for traditional root implants. While possibly not quite as strong as a root implant, these long, thin implants are plenty sturdy, and are attached to the bone the same way as a root implant.
The benefit of plate form implants is that the 3-8 month window for healing is often not necessary, and we’re able to fit you immediately with a cosmetic restoration of your choice to cover the titanium screw.
Last but not least, we provide subperiosteal implants for patients that do not have enough job bone available to properly anchor a traditional root implant. These implants are placed over the jaw, and are able to provide a solid base for your new set of permanent teeth (crowns, dental bridge, etc.).
Can you help me?
As you can see, we provide a variety of dental implant options for patients who are looking to replace their missing teeth. Whether you’re a candidate for root implants, plate form implants, or subperiosteal implants, we can help.
Our dentists Dr. Bragg and Dr. Moody are here to improve your smile, dental health, self-confidence, and get you on the road to recovery quickly and with minimal pain.
If you’re in or around the Cumming, GA area and are looking for a qualified dentist to perform your dental implants procedure, we’re just a phone call away. Give us a call or contact us here to schedule your dental implants consultation.