Dental Implants: Benefits More Than Cosmetic

Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 3:18 pm

It used to be that replacing a lost tooth or teeth required a bridge or a partial denture and there really weren’t any decisions to be made.  Today dental implants are a better option for most patients even though they may initially be a little more costly.  A dental implant offers many advantages when replacing a tooth that has been lost.

A dental implant is a very small device, many times made of titanium,  which is inserted directly into the jawbone.  It serves to replace the missing tooth root and the bone in the jaw heals around the implant, holding it in place just like a natural tooth root.  The restoration of the missing tooth is completed by placing a special dental crown on the implant.  Just like that – your missing tooth is replaced by a lifelike restoration that looks just like your other teeth (or better) and is not going to come loose or decay!

From a purely cosmetic point of view dental implants are an easy choice.  But the benefits of dental implants go much further.  Have you ever noticed that older people who have dentures seem to have small, sunken facial features?  This happens because the health of your jaw bone depends on the old principle of “use it or lose it”.  Without teeth anchored in the jaw bone the body allows the bone to shrink.  With less bone supporting the facial features more wrinkling and changes in the shape of the face occur.  The placement of dental implants helps prevent this bone loss.

If you have lost one tooth or several please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, Georgia at 706-886-9439 to discuss your options for tooth replacement.

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