Your smile is one of the first things others notice about your appearance. This can mean that issues like missing teeth that cause gaps in your smile can result in diminished self-esteem and confidence levels. However, dental implants can fill in your gaps and complete your smile. Find out more about dental implants and what they can do for you with Dr. Nils Anderson at Village Dental in Richmond Hill, GA.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth and its root. The implant rests inside the jawbone under your missing tooth, where the bone grows around the implant during a process called osseointegration. Unlike a dental bridge or dentures, implants use only the jawbone to stay in place and do not require the help of surrounding healthy teeth or tissues.
Do I need a dental implant?
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental implant may help your smile. Implants can replace a single tooth using one implant. Several teeth in a row benefit from a multiple-tooth implant, where one implant on either side of a dental bridge anchors it into place. Implants can also hold a full denture in place to replace all the teeth on an arch.
Should I get a bridge instead of an implant?
A missing tooth no longer stimulates the bone which lies underneath, causing an issue known as bone atrophy. The bone begins to degrade and break down, a process that a dental implant can avoid. However, in some cases, a patient may not have enough bone volume to properly support an implant. In this case, a bridge, which does not require an adequate bone volume, may be a better option. Patents may also consider a bone grafting procedure to build the bone back up to a healthy state.
How does the dental implants process work?
Dental implants require several appointments with your Richmond Hill, GA dentist for a healing period in between. The first phase of the process begins with a consultation and evaluation of the implant sites for proper bone volume. Then, your dentist will place your implants into the jawbone. After the implant sites have healed, your dentist will perform a procedure to attach a prosthetic tooth customized by a dental laboratory for your smile.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Nils Anderson at Village Dental in Richmond Hill, GA. Call 912-459-2345 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson today!