Are missing teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease? Or perhaps you lost a tooth or two in a sports injury or auto accident? Dental implants can be a good option for adults of all ages, no matter how you lost your missing teeth. Implants can also be a viable replacement option for adolescents, once facial growth and development has been completed, which is generally around age 16 for girls, and age 18 for boys.
4 Reasons to Get Dental Implants
Dental implants have many advantages over other tooth replacement treatments such as dentures and bridges. Here are four that Dr. Harry W. McCool of Lilburn, GA wants to make you aware of.
1. Dental Implants Function Just Like Natural Teeth
Dental implants feel, look, fit and function just like they were your healthy, natural teeth. They’re so comfortable you might even forget they’re not your natural teeth once the implant site is fully healed. You can brush and floss them just as you should your natural teeth with no need to remove them for cleaning like dentures or partials. They also help you retain your natural face shape and smile.
2. Dental Implants Last A Lifetime
Dental implants are built to last. Implants that are properly cared for can last their recipients many decades. Many other treatments such as dental bridges and dentures, may need to be replaced as often as every 5 to 10 years. This means that, although implants are more expensive up front, you will not need to replace them as often as other options so you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair and less money over time.
3. Implants Are Secure In Your Mouth
Your dental implants will be embedded directly into your jaw bone, so there’s no worries that they’ll slip or click when you talk, eat or laugh like dentures can. You’ll also find that your speech is more natural with dental implants. Dental implants allow you to smile, talk, laugh and eat again with confidence.
4. Implants Help Preserve and Protect Your Jawbone
Implants protect facial bone structure and healthy teeth. Allowing empty spaces in your mouth where you’ve lost one or more teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration, teeth drifting out of alignment or other serious dental issues. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates new bone growth and prevents further bone loss while also restoring your smile. Having dental implants placed as soon as possible after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at the site. Also, dental implants do not require that adjacent teeth be ground down for placement as bridges or partial dentures do.
Dental Implants in Lilburn, GA
If you have lost teeth for any reason and are interested in finding out if dental implants can help you restore your smile, Dr. McCool and his team at his office in Lilburn, GA are ready to help. Please call us at (770) 450-4407 or schedule a consultation online today!