What You Should Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are an innovative way of restoring your smile if you are missing one or multiple teeth. They will last longer than traditional restorations and they function in much the same way as your natural teeth. To learn more about dental implants and whether they are the right solution for you, reach out to your Dalton, GA, professionals Dr. Jeff Houston and Dr. John Robison of Houston Robison Family Dentistry. We do not place the implants ourselves, but can help you decide if this is the right step for you. We do offer alternate restoration processes also.

A Permanent Restoration

Dental bridgework and dentures are what we most commonly associate with restorations. They are both important procedures and for many, they can be the best strategy toward correcting their smile, but in a few important ways, dental implants are the better solution. If you decide this is the right step for you, we will refer you to a colleague that places dental implants.

The primary reason why this is the case is that dental implants are meant to be a permanent restoration, while the abovementioned often need to be replaced even with the best of care. A lot has to do with the way these are supported. A bridge requires modifying healthy teeth to support the replacement, and a denture relies on suction to hold in place. A dental implant, however, is secured directly onto the bone of your jaw and is permanently bonded there through a process called osseointegration. This creates a permanent hold that functions just as the roots of your natural teeth.

Implant Restoration in Dalton, GA

Dental implants require excellent oral hygiene prior to and after their placement. Although your new teeth cannot get cavities your gums are still susceptible to gum disease, and your remaining teeth will certainly benefit from it. Another requirement is sufficient bone structure to support dental implants. But this can be achieved through a separate procedure known as bone grafting. Lastly, smoking can severely delay the healing period so many dentists will recommend stopping altogether to be a candidate for the procedure. If this is the treatment for you, we can help you find a professional who can help. Otherwise, talk to us about other dental restorations, like bridges and dentures. 

To be certain that dental implants are the best option to restore your smile begin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Houston and Dr. Robison of Houston Robison Family Dentistry in Dalton, GA, by dialing (706) 226-3334. They can help you find a professional that will accommodate your needs. 

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