Dental implants provide a long-lasting option for replacing missing teeth. Futhermore, by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing, dental implants also provide support for sagging facial muscles, improve speech, and reduce strain on the teeth that were compensating for their missing counterparts. At Summerville Dentistry in Augusta and Evans, GA, Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris are your dentists for dental implants!
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants provide a permanent solution for filling the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing. Dental implants are metal posts that are placed in the jaw bone through a minor surgical procedure. Since the implants are placed in the jaw bone, there must be sufficient bone in the jaw area to hold each implant. Over time, the metal implants and the jaw bone fuse together so that the implants will not come loose or slip out of place.
The primary function of dental implants is to hold artificial teeth in place in the same way roots anchor natural ones. At our Augusta and Evans, GA, offices, we use dental implants in tandem with dental crowns, implant-supported overdentures, or bridgework, depending on the situation. When individual teeth are being replaced, a single dental implant and crown can be used for each tooth. When multiple teeth are being replaced simultaneously, several dental implants can be used in conjunction with bridgework or implant-supported overdentures.
How Dental Implants Help
Dental implants can help in several ways. In addition to replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile, they can give you a boost in confidence too. Dental implants also help by providing support for sagging facial muscles, as they receive less backing when teeth are missing. A sagging face will make someone appear older, but by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing and providing support for the facial muscles, the natural shape of the face is restored.
There are other ways dental implants help, as well. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth take on the extra work of biting and chewing food, which can create additional strain for them. By giving you a full smile, dental implants can reduce strain on the teeth that were previously compensating for missing ones. Implants also aid speech, as gaps in your smile can cause tongue placement to be altered when speaking.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants for restoring your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wingard or Dr. Morris, call Summerville Dentistry at (706) 250-2998 for the Evans location or at (706) 738-4723 for the Augusta office.