Unfortunately missing teeth is a common problem for many Americans. Several factors such as tooth decay, gum disease, or injury can cause you to lose your teeth. One way to replace missing teeth is to wear full or partial dentures, but these can look and feel unnatural. At Athens Oral Surgery Center, we believe dental implants are an effective and lasting alternative to dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are removable, making them more uncomfortable than other methods of replacing missing teeth. At first, dentures can feel strange or loose in your mouth, but most people learn to adjust after a few weeks. Thanks to improved technology, dentures closely resemble natural teeth. But, dentures must be removed and cleaned often.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that replace the root structure of missing teeth. They are surgically placed in the jaw and create a strong, permanent base upon which your oral surgeon will place your new teeth. You can care for dental implants in the same way you would care for real teeth—with regular brushing, flossing, and dental exams. Dental implants can replace one missing tooth, several missing teeth, or your entire lower and upper teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Dentures
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures:
- They look and feel like real teeth
- They make it easier to speak and eat, as they do not slip out of your mouth
- If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime
- They are more convenient, as they don’t need to be removed and can be treated like real teeth
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have a healthy and strong jawbone, you could be a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Tomlinson can discuss your options for tooth replacement during a consultation. Schedule an appointment at Athens Oral Surgery Center today!