Sweetwater Dentistry in Fairhope, AL
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the permanent teeth lasted a lifetime? Unfortunately, that is not always possible. It is extremely important for your oral health, as well as your general health, to replace any missing teeth you may have. There are many problems that could be caused by not replacing teeth that are lost to decay, injury, disease or whatever the case may be. These include losing the ability to chew as well as causing other teeth to become crowded, tipped, or even lost, which could create problems on top of existing problems. Dental implants have been a replacement treatment for missing teeth for more than 50 years.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Natural teeth are made up of two parts- The crown and the root. The crown is the visible section of the tooth above the gum line. The root, which is the foundation of the crown, stretches into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that the dental implant replaces. Dental Implants are metal posts, which are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, right below the gums. The dental implant acts as an anchor for a replacement crown, bridge or denture. The implant will merge into your jawbone, and will provide immense support for replacement teeth.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Bridges and dentures that connect to implants will not shift around in the mouth. This is an immense benefit when it comes to speech as well as eating. Implants are so secure that they make crowns, bridges and dentures feel more natural! Another benefit of implants is that no other teeth around the implants demand any work done to them to hold your new crown/bridge/denture in place!
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANTS?
Implant patients need to have enough bone structure as well as maintain healthy gums that will be able to support the implant. It is important to keep up with oral hygiene and regular dental visits to ensure the success of dental implants. All in all, dental implants are for patients of all ages! Anyone missing one or more teeth should consider dental implants as a treatment option. Implants are especially favorable for patients who cannot wear removable dentures. Dr. Phillip Greer, Your Fairhope Dentist, will give you a careful evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.